Letters to the editor for Monday, June 7, 2021


Multiracial courage; political cowardice

Thousands of Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for democracy in order to survive threats both foreign and domestic. These Americans were white, black, Latino, Native American with multiple religious beliefs.

The Donald Trumps, Governor DeSantis and several state governments have chosen to honor these heroes and their surviving family members by doing all they can to prevent them from voting. Maybe they should take a trip to the Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and send a note to the buried sailors and marines letting them know what Trump democracy is; while Donald’s bone spurs kept him out of action.

Maybe we should have a national day of celebration in honor of the inept and flabby eunuchs we call our national representatives, who felt that a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot led by Trump could possibly endanger the chances of a midterm election for the GOP. What would have been the response if the rioters were people of color?

Maybe it’s time for America to remember its roots and remember that everyone, it’s everyone, matters.

Instead of reminding you that your COVID injection was based on your zip code or your name donor list.

Finally, let’s take the time to thank those honorable Republican election officials who had the courage to say it as it is, exposing Trump’s fantasy of electoral theft. Trump lost, period.

Kenneth Finegan, Naples

Critical discussion of the welcome race

I applaud your bold and important decision to ask Dr. Ted Thornhill to write a monthly column, “The Racial Reality”.

As a black resident of Collier and Lee Counties for over 20 years, the racism is alive and, sadly, has become more blatant. I look forward to Dr. Thornhill’s column dealing directly with racism, without the sugar coating; the critical discussion on race is overdue. As a society, we all need to be responsible for our interactions as human beings. Hopefully his column will encourage some people to think and act differently,

As a sign of support, I will subscribe to your journal and ask others to do the same.

Kim C. Artis, Bonita Springs

Recognize the reality of racism

A recent letter to the editor (Blacks are not oppressed in America, June 4) stated that “whites should be commended for their unprecedented example of racial goodwill.” The implication being that racism, if it really exists in American society, is minimal. There are many indications which are not uncommon.

It’s like someone is living on an island surrounded by an ocean and saying, “I don’t see any salt, so there isn’t any in the water. But if that person then immersed himself in the invading ocean, perceptions would quickly be overtaken by the reality of the salty taste and brackish residue.

So, to the extent that racism exists, we need to go beyond our own islands in terms of what we think we see and recognize the reality of the salty ocean around us.

Manny Cacciola, Fort Myers

Hypocrisy of the ‘cancel the culture’ crowd

The same people who are crying out “cancel culture” are the same people who are pushing to cancel any discussion of racism in America. They don’t want the concept of racism taught in schools or at the FGCU, and they don’t want a Naples Daily News columnist to speak out on racism in America.

A June 4 article in the Naples Daily News reported on an issue that has been the subject of FBI warnings, that supporters and members of white supremacist, anti-government and other extremist groups are working to enforce laws, even after being unmasked. The article cites reports that blacks are three times more likely to be killed than whites. This is a clear threat to the security of all Americans.

The best part of American culture is that of our First Amendment. The freedoms of the First Amendment include freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press. It means a free discussion of all of American culture, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Rather than complaining about raising the issue of racism in America, we should respect and listen to most black Americans, who believe that racism is a problem for them that gets worse, not better. Stop trying to undo them.

Judy Freiberg, Naples

Column of Dr. Thornhill appreciated

Thank you for providing Dr. Thornhill’s column in your journal. It is important to have a variety of perspectives on issues that are important current issues.

Hélène Scolnick, Bonita Springs

Trump splits US, downsizes GOP

Every president from Washington to Obama has strived to unite this great country in war and in peace. This is their job. Donald Trump, unfortunately, has done a great job of completely dividing this country. Even his own party has no idea which way to go.

Just ask Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, and John Kasich. And these are not GOP lightweights. Romney was the GOP presidential candidate who Trump said walked like a penguin. Liz Cheney’s father was vice president under George W. Bush and John Kasich was GOP state governor of Ohio.

Let me summarize with this simple fact. Donald Trump recently said in response to his possible indictment in New York that I will fight this because I will not abandon the 74 million Americans who voted for me. Donald, you just admitted that you lost the election because 81 million people voted for Joe Biden.

You lost, Donald. Overcome it like most of your party did, except for your base which, like the lemmings, will follow you over the cliff. Allow the GOP to once again become the Grand Old Party it once was under Lincoln and Reagan.

Gerald Curcuru, Fort Myers

Stop the hatred of the left

I’m sick of people being offended. I am offended they are offended. I take offense to being attacked every time I read the paper or turn on most news stations or from every aspiring Hollywood or every “awake” business leader.

For the past four years, I’ve been given the following names simply because I’m a Republican woman: smelly Walmart shopper, pearl bearer, gun-wielding, bible-clinging, despicable person, member of a sect and racist are the few people who can be published. Others are too bad to publish. I could go on and on.

I am a veteran woman who has had enough of the uniformity that is presented to the public by the media. Stop the “awakened” hatred. Just stop promoting hate on all left-wing media platforms. Enough is enough!

Easter Wiles, Cape Coral

Find a better way to grow taller

Why is the safety, livelihoods and property of the residents of Collier County being destroyed by landowners, just for their profit?

Constant rezoning to increase unit density and height, using credits to build near and in panthers’ habitat, destroying wildlife and waterfowl environments. Only worry, profit.

These major constructions should receive more public notice and take place when the public can respond.

Collier County must find a better way to thrive, without destroying panthers’ habitat or endangering the residents who live here.

Rae Ann Burton, Naples

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