Letters to editor for Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020
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opinion

Classrooms safe?

Just read in the Naples Daily News online July 25 that a Lee County School Board member was sworn in virtually. Was it not safe to do it in person? Then why is it that Gov. DeSantis wants your children and their teachers, administrators and school workers to be in classrooms in a few weeks?

Sharon Marconi, Bonita Springs

Editor’s note: Lee School Board member Chris Patricca recently was sworn in as president-elect of the Florida School Boards Association during a virtual meeting of group officers.

Virus testing lags 

People in Trump’s inner circle and professional athletes are getting infected with the coronavirus. These are probably the most tested individuals on the planet, and we are talking about sending kids back to school without an adequate testing program?

Rolf Poesse, North Fort Myers

Masks in businesses

Thank you, Costco, Walmart, CVS, Target and all the other companies that have decided our president and our governor are not trying to save our country from COVID-19.

Now if the smaller businesses in our country also would require masks, maybe we could move forward like most other countries in the world have.

James Babb, Sanibel

Few endanger many

With regard to those people who have decided that wearing a mask is an infringement on their personal freedom, and to mimic a famous quote by Winston Churchill:

Never has so much been done by so few to endanger the lives of so many.

Theodore Kaldahl, Fort Myers Beach

A vote for Batos 

I’d like to see commissioners who understand and will improve life here in Southwest Florida. In that regard, I’ve heard Estero Village Council member Nick Batos speak and was favorably impressed.  

He showed a really good grasp of the problems Lee County faces and offered specific, practical solutions that would move the county forward. And he has been elected and re-elected to the Village Council by Estero’s voters. A track record and a vision for moving forward — good reasons to support Nick to represent District 3 on the County Commission and to vote for him. I do and I will.

Murray Newton, Iona

A vote for sheriff

I’m writing in full support of our wonderful sheriff. I’m a retired police officer from New York and can tell our sheriff is the best! I’m 57 and would recommend Sheriff Marceno and his great team for the job of sheriff.

John Telisky, Cape Coral 

Editor’s note: Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is facing a Republican challenger in the Aug. 18 primary election.

A vote for Donalds

Is big money a shortcut to a congressional seat?

There are several deep-pocket Republicans running for Florida’s 19th district seat. They seem to think carpet-bombing the airwaves and sending negative mud-slinging brochures is a substitute for their lack of legislative experience. With such thin resumes, they are not ready for Congress.

Byron Donalds is a true conservative. Since the beginning, Byron has been a part of the Tea Party movement and the annual Memorial for the Unborn. He has been a strong, pro-life conservative voice in Tallahassee and will bring that experience to Washington, D.C.  

Don’t sell that seat in Congress to the highest bidder!

 John Bates, North Naples

Conservative candidates

I would like Republican candidates for Congress to try to attract support of moderate Republicans instead of only out-conserving the conservatives. This will be a close primary and moderates might decide this election.

What do you like about the present congressman’s water policies, for instance?

Eugene Finan, North Naples

Health ordinances

Mr. Oakes and anti-maskers:

There are ordinances against urination and defecation in public not to abridge our freedom but because of the greater good, health.

Should I be free to throw my garbage onto streets? Does personal freedom include a No. 2 at the corner of Livingston and Immokalee roads. Or a No. 1 on Fifth Avenue South? I hope not. Public health and the greater safety good should trump.

During this pandemic a simple cloth face cover can save lives, yours and others. The science is in. The ICUs are filling. Our mutual inconvenience is not a government overreach, it’s our local government seeking to protect the people.

Harvey Cohen, North Naples

‘Just stay home’

The wearing of masks in Collier County has been mandated. Those who do not wish to comply should just stay home.

That is the message the non-wearers have been giving out, so there should be no issue in pointing out any hypocrisy.

Ed Feldman, North Naples

A call to Gov. DeSantis

Gov. DeSantis, the Naples Daily News is getting deluged with letters concerning your incompetence and lack of concern for our protection from COVID-19. Time for you to get off your duff by mandating masks and putting the brakes on reopenings. Your office hasn’t responded to any of my phone calls or emails. 

Gerald Weis, North Naples

Sign in window

No shoes. No shirt. No mask. No service.

How simple is that?

Marilyn Bird, East Naples

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