Thanks for listening
Where has civility gone?
I have been playing tennis at the Naples Beach and Golf Club for years. I have also been part of the group that was attempting to save the facility so we could continue to play there in the years to come…but at some point the attempt went sour. Distrust abounded toward the Athens Group, the naming of the changes being proposed “an amusement park”, ( did anyone see a Ferris wheel in the plans?) and the audacity by some to try and stop the whole project emerged.
The city held a public meeting and those that voiced their concerns about the noise factor with pickle ball being so close to their homes were heard. Jay Newman, CEO of the Athens Group said they will move those facilities closer in so that’s not a factor. When asked if there was a possibility of keeping the tennis open for a year while the project was going on, Jay said they would consider it.
They are listening! None of us really like change, and as much as I hate to see our beloved facility town down, and the golfers hate to see the course changed, I realize that we as the pubic are not the owners of the property. I’m glad we raised awareness and have tried to fight for something we love, but I am a bit chagrined at how we as a community have gone about it.
Naples, we can do better!
Martha Scott, Naples
Focusing on what works
Florida Bright Futures is a wildly popular college scholarship program for Florida students. During the 2021 legislative session senator Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) tried to make drastic cuts to the program and limit which majors were eligible for assistance.
Voter outcry was immediate and unrelenting. The bill’s sponsors tried to water it down, dropping various provisions. The bill narrowly passed the senate but the house never took it up. The key takeaway from all of this is that when enough people speak out, legislators listen.
Like any government program, Bright Futures collects taxpayer money and uses it for the greater good. In this case, it helps students pay for college, allowing them to get better jobs and earn more over the course of their careers. Higher income means higher spending, which in turn boosts the overall economy. Investing a few tens of thousands in a student now reaps hundreds of thousands in benefit over the student’s lifetime.
The right-wing media rails against socialism every day. But when you ask parents and students whether they want this government-run, taxpayer funded, program to continue, the answer is a resounding yes. We should be talking about which government programs work instead of bringing up dreaded “S” word any time an idea comes from the other side.
Collier County is a Republican stronghold, yet its residents routinely vote for ballot measures that could easily be labeled ‘liberal’: felon voting rights, the $15 minimum wage, and continued funding of Conservation Collier. The latter is a program which, again, uses taxpayer money for the greater good, in this case land preservation. Let’s do away with the labels and have a real conversation.
Adam Molny, Naples
Respect the environment
Will somebody please explain to me Florida’s reckless use of plastic.? We moved here in June to be closer to family. We came from a state where you couldn’t get plastic in stores, Whole Foods charged 10 cents for paper and Walgreens had no bags at all. There was some grumbling at first but we all learned quickly to bring our own bags .
Here at Publix I bought a greeting card and a canned good and the employee tried to use two bags. I declined and put them in my purse. CVS and Walgreens the same.
A whale washed up in the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach, 1 in 3 leatherneck turtles are killed by plastic, birds mistake plastic for food. All could be prevented. Straws are a problem, too. They hand them out even if not requested.
I wish our fearless leaders would address serious issues rather than fixing the voting rules which were not broken.
The beauty of Florida will not be if this reckless behavior is not curtailed. Taking your own bags is not a sacrifice. It is easy and necessary. Requiring people to ask for a straw rather than giving them one is not difficult either.
Carolyn Sertich, Bonita Springs
Praise for Trump
Notwithstanding all the name calling and insults directed against President Trump in letters, columns and whatnot, the fact is that in four years he accomplished more of what the voters wanted than any president in history. He brought peace to the Middle East, stability in the Far East, cessation to the threat of war with Iran and, best of all, stability to our southern border with Mexico and points south.
Nasty letters will never begin to match that.
Richard W. Metz, Fort Myers