Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1
Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2

Celebrate the nurses!

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year beginning on May 6 and culminating on May 12, which coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightengale.

The ANA and World Health Organization had declared 2020 to be the year of the nurse and the midwife which in the wake of the pandemic was extended through 2021 to continue to recognize the selfless dedication, determination and commitment of nurses everywhere.

Here in Florida , there are more than 480,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who truly make a difference each and every day improving the health and wellness of our communities.

Please take a moment to thank these professionals for their tireless acts of caring!

Happy Nurse’s Week to all! 

Arlene Wright, Fort Myers

Eye-opening experience

On April 4, I stood enjoying the unusually clear canal water and the Snook that gathered at my dock light in Little Alligator Creek. Two days later, the water was suddenly deep green; visibility was inches not feet and the Snook had diminished from 20s to a couple.

As a homeowner and scientist, I needed to know why. My microscopic examination revealed a red tide bloom. I immediately warned the Fish and Wildlife Commission who reported Charlotte Harbor blooms soon thereafter.

In the intervening 47 years since researching K. brevis growth as a new doctorial student we’ve amassed a lot of evidence on red tide, but we still have failed to resolve the problem. We do, however, have no shortage of speculation, finger-pointing, as well as scientific opinions. For Charlotte Harbor, we’ve known that, at minimum, excessive nitrogen and phosphorus contribute to red tide.

Ultimately, though, it’s a combination of interacting biogeochemical, hydrometerological, ecological factors and poor land-use practices that are involved. Skeptics exclaim that red tides date back thousands of years. True, but through those millennia, it’s unlikely that Charlotte Harbor watershed has been so hospitable to K. brevis.

K. brevis isn’t the villain but a symptom of a sick and perturbed precious resource. Let’s elect environmentally conscientious leaders that listen to scientists, land managers, and regulators. As responsible stewards, we must help Heal the Harbor together. It’s a win-win proposal. Our quality of life, economy, and future are anchored in a healthy Harbor and the surrounding lands we call home.

Richard Whitman, MS, PhD, Port Charlotte

About that racism column

Regarding FGCU Professor (Ted) Thornhill’s recent opinion piece on Racism in Southwest Florida: It is easy to react negatively to an article if you haven’t experienced or observed racism first-hand. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as racist. We don’t want others to think we are racist.

It is true that Dr. Thornhill did not give many examples of current day racism, but it is an every day occurrence for people of color. Let me give you an example. I live in a high-rise. The other day I was taking the elevator down when the elevator stopped at another floor. The door opened and a hesitant young man who had delivered food to someone stood there. I waved him into the elevator and he cautiously got on. Thinking that he was uncomfortable that I wasn’t wearing a mask, I put mine on and we talked about Covid. I told him most of my neighbors had had their shots. He said, ” I have been delivering pizza since way before Covid, and once or twice every day since I started, when I pull up to a house and approach the door, I am told to stop and put the pizza down and leave.”

I was shocked to hear this story and see the hurt in the young man’s eyes. Does this happen to white delivery men? Maybe, but not every day. Was the person in the house afraid of the delivery man, or did that person figure he wouldn’t have to tip a black man no matter how light his skin? Did that homeowner have a gun? Everyday this happens to people of color. Can we treat each other better than this? Can we try to see the other’s perspective? Just because we don’t see racism, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Margaret Ehle, Fort Myers


‘Citizens of Freedom’

Virtually all leading newspapers and the three major TV networks are now fully committed to support of the Democratic Party and its agenda to institutionalize its power via maximizing central government control over every American’s life, degree of liberty and pursuit of happiness. We are at an “unholy alliance” tipping point. Free speech is being censored from all corners via humiliation campaigns and economic boycott threats. Any quick fix? An embargo-shattering solution would be outright purchase of the New York Times along with a single TV Network by a “Citizens for Freedom” nation-wide fund-raising drive. All that’s needed is a few very wealthy, God-fearing champions from Naples and if the NDN has the chutzpah to publicize this letter, watch such champions emerge.

Mel Stuckey, Naples

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