$1,000 bonus to first responders
I’m disappointed that our governor thinks it’s OK to give first responders a $1,000 bonus, but to leave out the frontline workers, nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, nursing assistants and housekeepers. There is a team out there, not just a few. I agree that first responders should get the bonus, but the others I mentioned are with these patients for 12-hour shifts, and are with them until they go home or go to the morgue. They are all at risk, and all have been exposed. There is more teamwork than what is being mentioned. This is so disappointing to leave these professionals out. I only hope that every job is appreciated, not politicized.
Carole Miller, Naples
Finding the mean high tide line
Interesting beach questions regarding private and public land by Thaddeus Mast. He is right about the public’s right to enjoy the beach below the mean high tide mark which requires a study of all the tides in a lunar cycle covering 19 years. Then by Federal Law it must be certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Most beaches have no such certification so a line of vegetation (the grass) is commonly used. See CFR title 43.
These conflicts regarding the public’s beach rights have been going on for thousands of years going back to the ancient Roman laws in the Justinian codes, the Magna Carta and currently guaranteed by the United States Constitution and further clarified by many Supreme Court rulings.
Another reference would be where the United States coastal boundaries are set by the “coast and geodetic survey.”
John Cleary, Marco Island
Separating fact from fiction
The line between reality and fantasy, fact and fiction, truth and lies has never been so intermittent. Example, the ex-president, who spent his term almost entirely on the wrong side of most things including the presidential election popular vote. Twice. Lies; over thirty thousand! Truth: Electoral votes, Biden 306, Trump 232. Fantasy: Chinese ballots, rigged machines, fraud. Reality: Attorney General William Barr said federal authorities have not uncovered any widespread fraud that might have affected the outcome of the 2020 election, contradicting President Trump. Fact: Some Republican members of Congress are QAnon. QAnon followers believe Trump has been secretly fighting a cabal of Satan-worshipping “deep state” enemies, prominent Democrats and Hollywood elites operating a child sex trafficking ring. 147 Republicans voted to trample the Constitution because they lost a legitimate election. Fiction; Giuliani, Powell, Fox News and leader of the circus himself, Donald John Trump.
Brian Levin, Fort Myers
Masks could have saved lives
Recently in a grocery store a man said to a woman, “You should be wearing a mask.” She replied, “What does that have to do with you whether I wear a mask or not, it is not any of your business.” He replied, “My wife died from COVID two weeks ago.” She was speechless, turned around and walked out of the store. No one will ever know that almost 600,000 Americans have lost their lives to people who did not wear a mask. There are people who are not aware that they have been the cause of someone dying from this terrible virus.
Cornelius Cahill, Lehigh Acres
Who is Florida government really for?
People in Florida don’t know how to have our voices heard. Special interests have been crafting legislation in Tallahassee to their benefit for quite some time, resulting in significant additional costs to taxpayers to subsidize new development and clean up after industries. This is nothing more than corporate welfare, a product of historical power corporations gained over the Florida Legislature through campaign contributions. Inaccessibility to our elected officials in Florida caused by pandemic restrictions was felt in this legislative session discourse: cultural wars legislation such as social media controls, anti-riot, vaccine passport, and transgender athletes’ bills. After a successful election process in 2020 and Ron DeSantis’s statement, “The way Florida did it, I think inspires confidence.” The GOP introduced and passed an “election integrity” law that is more about vote suppression limiting access for working families that even supervisors of election oppose statewide. Even though the America Recovery Act yielded billions to the state, Florida leaders ignored the housing crisis and approved using affordable housing trust funds for sea-level rise, sewage plants and resiliency, and over 40 preemptive laws were proposed. The point is that without the financial capacity, we don’t have a voice, and we see before our eyes how we are losing our democratic process because of the eroding lack of accountability, participation and contestation. We constantly struggle and debate our issues with more possibility of success through constitutional amendments or the courts than the Florida Legislature. Government should represent all, not the few, and citizens should stop picking up the tab!
Solemi Hernandez, Naples