Letters to the editor for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Facts about southern border

A recent mailbag writer wrote about the “mess” created at our southern border by the Trump administration and basically misrepresented the facts.  The Biden administration opened up the border to give access to thousands of illegals from all over the world to come into our country.  The drug cartels are making more money off human trafficking than drugs.  For the record, in April 2020, 17,000 illegals crossed the border.  Under the Biden administration more than 180,000 entered the country this April 2021 so let’s keep the facts straight.  Trump tried to build a wall to keep our country secure from trafficking and drugs, Biden stopped it.  End of story.

Jim McMenamy, Fort Myers

Corporal punishment in schools

An article in the News-Press indicates that 19 public school systems in Florida allow spanking and other corporal punishments as long as the punishments don’t leave marks. We are living in the 21st Century but it appears that at least 19 districts are still back in the century in which their parents were students in those schools.

Martin Harris, Cape Coral

Big Lies have consequences

In Nazi Germany Hitler and Goebbels propagated the Big Lie that the Jews were responsible for Germany’s defeat in WWI and that they were a subhuman species that polluted the human race. The German people believed the Big Lie and the result was Kristallnacht, the Holocaust and WWII.

In America Trump and most Republican leaders are propagating the Big Lie that the Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election and therefore are fraudulently governing the country.  Many Americans believe the Big Lie and the result was the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, the ostracizing of Liz Cheney and the dividing of the country..

Big Lies have consequences that can destroy people and nations.

Ed OKeefe, Bonita Springs

Mat makes beach accessible

A beach mat for all handicapped people at South Beach!! Nice for all the visitors from the East Coast.

If Marco residents join MICA (Residents’ Beach) for a mere $135 a year for a family, the beach mat at the end of our walkway they could take a shower, use the bathrooms (which South Beach needs desperately), grab something to eat, and sit under a chickee hut. Now that would be a nice day!!

Marco residents should come first.

Richard and Rena Perna, Marco Island

Republican absurdities

How did the Republican Party evolve from the party of Abraham Lincoln to the party of My Pillow Guy? The party ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her post as the third-ranking Republican in the House because she had the audacity to claim that the presidential election was not stolen from the loser and that President Biden was the legitimate winner. Only a fool would dispute her claim. Why would anyone remove Ms. Cheney while not saying anything about Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is being investigated for sex and drug offenses. While you might correctly point out Gaetz has yet to be indicted, but what for?

Republican politicians are not limiting their absurdities to the Cheney incident. In the House hearings on the January 6 attack on the Capital, more than one Republican politician claimed the demonstrators were peaceful. Congressman Clyde of Georgia actually said the demonstrators were just tourists taking pictures, despite the destruction and deaths of five people. After hearing the blatant absurdities, I would be ashamed to say I’m a Republican!

Bill McMaster, Naples

Republican lying dangerous

Our Republican public servants have weaponized the First Amendment’s free speech protections by blatantly lying to the American people with impunity.

Until we have laws that prohibit our public servants from lying in their official capacity, democracy is doomed.

The Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms doesn’t give our public servants the right to fire their assault rifles in the House Chamber.

Firing off Lie Bullets in the House Chamber is no less dangerous.

J. R. Cant, Naples


Legislation a step in right direction

As Florida’s legislative session has come to a close, it is important to take note the various successes. For the construction industry, HB53, which was sponsored by Representative Nick DiCeglie and Senator Jason Brodeur, passed, ensuring a more open and competitive process on public works projects.  With the passage of the bill, contractors licensed to do work in the state can compete on work statewide and they cannot be subject to overly specific or restrictive pre-bid mandates relating to hiring, wage and benefit, training and geographic location. The legislation applies to any public project, state or local, with a price tag of $1 million or more, that is funded with at least $1 of state funding.   As Florida continues to work to rebuild our economy, it is important that our marketplace be as competitive as possible for the companies in Florida seeking work and HB53 is a step in the right direction in making this possible.  

Carol Bowen, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter

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