Congressman Donalds acted on principle
It’s a pleasure to provide good news in today’s world. Dr. Michael McGowan wrote, “Tell the truth: An open letter to Byron Donalds” in the News-Press on June 14. I’m able to report that U.S. Congressman Byron Donalds did exactly what Dr. McGowan requested when he delivered the 5th Annual Distinguished Speech in Ethics at FGCU on Feb. 1 — he explained the principles underpinning his votes about the electoral college slate.
He mentioned that his votes had nothing to do with alleging voter fraud. In short, his votes to not accept slates were where those states did not follow their own laws. For example, if their state voting law required that only the Legislature established voting processes, he voted not to accept their slates if the executive branch or judicial branch altered duly passed legislation.
Donalds joins a long line of congress people throughout history in doing so. For example, 31 Democrats voted against accepting the electoral slate for Ohio in 2005. So many Democrats in attendance spoke to me and wrote to me about how impressed they were with his response.
Dr. McGowan, I believe that you will find his response does, as you say, speak volumes about the congressman’s character for decades to come.
Eric Dent, Fort Myers
Excessive charges for sick pet
You recently published a column from Dr. Fox in which the veterinarian encourages senior citizens to adopt older dogs. This a wonderful way to combat loneliness and provide a home for shelter animals.
My dear friend adopted an older dog and it was love at first sight for human and animal.
Recently the dog became very ill on a Sunday, and my friend took her to a 24/7 animal care facility in Fort Myers. She signed an estimated bill of $1,800 and provided her credit card before any doctor would even look at the dog. Additional tests were necessary, and so she complied.
Two and a half days later, the dog had to be put down, after a total of 40 tests had been administered. My friend had lost her beloved pet, and was then presented with a bill from the facility for more than $5,000. Trying to reason with the animal hospital concerning these excessive charges has been fruitless. We’ve written to the local facility, and also to their corporate office.
My friend, an older widow on limited income, will be struggling to pay off this bill, including interest charges, for many years.
Look at the reviews of any 24/7 animal care facility in Fort Myers you may be tempted to use before you entrust your family pet to their care.
Linda Cahill, Lehigh Acres
Grateful for governor’s leadership
With the school year over, I want to take a moment to thank Gov. Ron DeSantis. His leadership allowed for our Florida children to have a normal-ish school year. Our kids could choose to attend in-person, sports were played and proms, graduations and other milestones were had!
Furthermore, our governor created an atmosphere of freedom. My kids are not traumatized nor did they lose a year of their childhood. We embraced the friends and family we previously had while still making new friends. My kids grew as athletes, students and friends. Many kids across the U.S. did not get these same chances to grow. I will never be able to fully articulate my gratitude, but Gov. DeSantis is a bona fide hero to me and my kids.
There are a lot of ways to save lives. Thank you, governor for saving my kids’ year.
Gwendolyn Carter, Naples
Editorial attack pushes destructive policies
Why are we subjected to almost weekly anti-DeSantis headlines in every Sunday newspaper, the latest example being the Palm Beach editorial of Sunday, June 13?
It attacks Gov. DeSantis and President Trump only to push destructive policies espoused by Marxist progressives such as sanctuary cities. It rails against sound voting policies that voters can have faith in, and apparently is against punishing lawbreaking rioters. The editorial obfuscates on critical race theory. It is NOT merely teaching history, it is the definition of racism, by judging people solely on the color of their skin.
The article uses DeSantis and Trump as political bait for liberals to push the destructive policies of progressives so the true nature of these policies can be hidden. A productive issues-oriented editorial would NOT attack repeatedly any individual politician, but would state the specific benefits of their position on an issue, or would criticize a policy or issue citing specific negatives without reference to individuals.
The modus operandi of progressives always has been as follows: If you can’t win an argument on the merits, then attack the individual. It is old and tiresome and doesn’t belong in Sunday editorials.
Thomas D. Kaminski, Naples