Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 29, 2022

Projects shouted? Examples, please

After enjoying the brilliant op-ed satirizing Florida’s math ban (“Don’t say a plus one unless it’s clearly a boy and a girl,” Sunday 4/24 ), I suffered severe whiplash when I turned to another editorial, “Housing for our workforce is indispensable.” Even opinions should have evidence to back up a statement such as “developers come to local governments with housing projects and new developments, but as soon as the project is subject to public comment, a small but vocal group of members of the community cries it”.

Can Josh Goergen and his Chamber of Commerce pals give an example of a development cried out by county commissioners over the past eight years?

Has Verdana, a now gated community in the Corkscrew Road area, been cried out? Was Pepperland Ranch? The place for the corkscrew? wild blue? Central place ? Corkscrew Shores?

And how about 200 new homes requiring 200 wells and 200 septic tanks in North Fort Myers, which has been clearly designated Agriculture?

Perhaps Mr. Goergen’s Bonita Springs council actually (and bravely) said no to reckless development. It would be rare.

Lee County developers swoop in pretty quickly if a development gets a no. But a no to the developers is about as likely as a glimpse of a LIVE Florida Panther.

Patty Duncan, Fort Myers

Monkeys share traits with humans

Regarding Matthew Bailey’s column about the need to use monkeys for medical research — monkeys have a lot more in common with humans than a prefrontal cortex. They share our intelligence, they are aware of their reality and, except for the people who cage them (and other animals), mistreat them and use them for medical research, they share our empathy. If you look at the title of the article to the left of Mr Bailey’s, it reads ‘Seeing Yourself in Other People’s Business’. Try.

John S. Agresti, Fort Myers

Need a solution to the nuclear threat

When I was a kid in my elementary school in Miami, I remember participating in sniping and cover drills when the Russians brought ballistic missiles into Cuba. They were capable of carrying nuclear warheads, which at the time could strike anywhere in Florida. We thought we were going to have a nuclear war, but the Russians pulled out and took out the missiles. Now our national defense system has become the Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) protocol. If they attacked us with nuclear weapons, we would attack them. The problem is that we never thought we would have a madman on the other side. Again, I now feel the same angst as when I was a child that we may soon face nuclear annihilation. We need a new Manhattan Project to prevent the arrival of nuclear missiles to prevent the destruction of the United States and the world. MAD never considered a deformed individual like Putin who may not care if he destroys us all. A little man with nukes can actually hold the world hostage, and it does. We need to figure this out quickly and get rid of all the nuclear tyrants on our little burning ball.

Eric Feinstein, Napoli

Shameful portrayal of a religious leader

The Opinion Page cartoon with its grotesque depiction of the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Kirill has no place in any respectable American newspaper. Imagine the reaction if the pope or a prominent leader of one of the world’s religions was featured like this in your cartoon!

His Beatitude Kirill leads a church of 110 million communicants, mostly in Russia. Although headed by a different primate, there are over 700 American Orthodox Church congregations with over one million members in the United States. While in 1970 these American churches chose to form their own jurisdiction, their religious and cultural roots in the Russian Orthodox Church run deep.

The current Russian Metropolitan’s enthusiastic support for Russia’s assault on Ukraine, among other things, seems shameful to many of us in the West. But then again, in retrospect, Billy Graham supported Richard Nixon during Watergate, and before that he encouraged Nixon to escalate the Vietnam War.

But imagine our reaction if Pravda or Isvestia portrayed “America’s pastor” as you did Metropolitan Kirill!

I lead a congregation here in Fort Myers and sometimes I take exception to the public statements of some of the religious leaders of my people around the world. But I would not tolerate any representation of them in a newspaper, as you did in the Metropolitan.

It’s the stuff of the Nazis’ Der Stürmer, not an American daily! There has to be a better way to make your point!

Bruce Diamond, Fort Myers

Don’t see this as a violation of rights

As someone who supports absolutely all rights, including visibility, to the LGBTQ+ community, I find it hard to understand how “rights” are violated by restricting the gender identity curriculum in K-3. What rights are referenced? The right to determine when and where a child is introduced to the material or the right to control the curriculum? Or is it a proxy for larger rights that have not yet been fully considered?

Daryl DulaneyNaples

Florida isn’t “free” if you don’t agree with DeSantis

Having lived in South Florida for 40 years, I find this new term used by new residents of “Free Florida” ridiculous. Since my home and auto insurance skyrocketed, I find the governor’s use of “Free Florida” to mean the freedom to discriminate against people who don’t look or think like us. I read that DeSantis uses the authoritarian example of Hungary that Republicans love so much to govern Florida. He wants you to believe that you are free from federal government control, but he has taken so many liberties from the people of Florida that I cannot list them all. He pretends to promote black people by hiring a very expensive black man to stand behind him on his podium. But his attack on minorities with voting restrictions proves he wants to keep them out of the equation. He doesn’t want “illegal” immigrants so I don’t know who is going to work in the fields, the retirement homes and clean up all those homes. His conservative religious base likes the way he attacks people or businesses that don’t obey him. Our Florida legislature has a big rubber stamp for every bill DeSantis wants. They pass his requests in a few days. We have a dictator Florida Republicans either embrace or fear. I wonder what religion we will be allowed to follow in another year.

Mike PhillipsNapoli

Deaths from COVID under Biden

As American COVID Deaths Near One Million, Should Joe Biden Step Down?

Joe Biden commented when Trump was president with nearly 200,000 COVID deaths that he shouldn’t be president.

Joe Biden reneged on his promise to end COVID deaths and forgot that the reason people elected him president was to get Americans out of this pandemic.

Not only have COVID deaths increased and exceeded that of the Trump presidency, they have increased under his policies.

Perhaps Joe Biden should be held to his words that not everyone responsible for so many deaths should be president.

Can we expect your resignation next week Joe?

Leo Amos, Matlacha

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