Letters to the editor for Tuesday, April 27, 2021
“ Voter Suppression Bills ” in the States
After reading articles about Republican legislatures in Georgia, Arizona, Texas, and others passing voter suppression bills, I cannot shake the blatant hypocrisy of those lawmakers. They attack Americans’ fundamental right to vote, making it harder, rather than easier, to exercise this civic responsibility.
Wrapping our flag does not hide their hypocrisy. Being a true American is a full time responsibility, not just when it suits you. Their agenda is clear: suppress and gain an advantage to retain power. This, along with the big lie about the 2020 election results, makes a mockery of their patriotism.
To win an election, lawmakers would have to pass strong bills that actually help people. In short, stand up for something positive, rather than relying on removal, and voters will reward you with their votes.
Lawmakers need to remember that there are independent voters like me who vote for a person’s actions and policies, not for party membership. The hypocrites are not doing well with this constituency.
James Keough, Cape Coral
The bills would prejudge the energy choices of the city
The pre-emption bills remove the broad power of internal domination granted to local governments by the Florida Constitution. Collier County loses the right to make local energy decisions through two such bills passed at Florida House:
- Internal Bill 839 – Express pre-emption of fuel retailers and related transport infrastructure.
- House Bill 919 – Preemption on restriction of utilities.
These bills would make any commitment by the local government to 100% clean energy impossible.
I oppose preventative legislation that prevents counties and municipalities from switching from fossil fuel sources to clean energy sources and building codes.
Our low beaches are being swallowed up by rising sea levels. Burning fossil fuels warms the ocean and raises sea levels. Taxpayer money is used for “resilience” efforts to raise money. roads and installing storm drains, but we are not doing enough to prevent the cause of sea level rise, such as burning too much fossil fuels.
Bebe Kanter, North Naples
Editorial Update: Florida House adopted HB 839 and HB 919 by 79-38 votes on Wednesday April 21 and 81-34 on Thursday April 22. The Senate passed them 26-12 and 27-13 on Monday, two days after this letter was sent to the newspaper. Governor Ron DeSantis can now let them become law without his signature, sign them or veto them.
Nugent, Oakes and COVID-19 ‘hoax’
Thus, Ted Nugent recognized the existence of COVID-19. What a relief. And I thought 3 million people died listening to his music. What does Alfie think of that?
I’m amazed how Ted and Alfie can get such attention by talking about something they don’t know anything about. And a lot of people believe them! Apparently, trained doctors and scientists don’t know anything about viruses, but Ted and Alfie are experts. I just don’t understand.
Apparently, they think the pandemic is a hoax. But for what purpose? Why would thousands of highly trained medical experts around the world carry out a hoax of this magnitude? And how did they manage to kill over 3 million people (worldwide) without even a single indictment? I don’t know what it would do for them.
(In February) I saw an interview with famous farmer (and grocery store owner) Alfie Oakes (on NBC’s “Nightly News with Lester Holt.”) Mr. Oakes claimed he knew masks don’t work and that the number of deaths (then 452,000) was not correct. He then asked why businesses should be closed due to the coronavirus.
It seems Oakes is a very successful farmer. I suggest that he limit himself to agriculture and leave the medical equipment to those who are more versed in this field.
Jay Custa, Estero
One veteran shared ‘the importance of love’
A great patriot passed over the rainbow where the blue birds fly on April 21. He was a sailor who served in the Pacific during World War II. Not many people have had the pleasure of meeting Lou over the decades, but I did.
He lived in Cincinnati and later in Naples. He came to the Humane Society to adopt a dog when he was just under 90 years old. I tried to stop him from doing this because the dog was too young and would live longer than he would. Fortunately, the union of these two souls who needed to be saved resulted in a friendship that cannot be measured in any way.
He and I received equal amounts of treasures throughout our journey. He had no family other than his son-in-law, his dog, me and the family who now call his dog theirs. And now, because of this selfless man, we are all family. Rest in peace, Louis, and thank you for making us understand the importance of love.
NL Peterson, Naples