Letters to the editor for Saturday, January 8, 2022

… The law is the law, whether its bad or excellent. You begin with one law and quite soon its all laws, and then its everything. Possibly the huge fish will suffer some major effects for busting the law wide open. Like many who serve in the House or Senate his success at sponsoring legislation and then getting a costs to end up being law was far from remarkable. Only 19 ended up being law.

Praise for Conservancy personnel, ambulance crewWe Naples locals currently understand what a treasure our area is, however I d like to enhance that idea. Last week my hubby and I and three member of the family went to the newly renovated and resumed Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The interactive exhibitions were academic and beautifully developed, the volunteers were expert and educated, and we were absolutely satisfied with our visit.Even more significantly, we saw those same fantastic volunteers hurry to help when one family member suffered a medical emergency. Their caring and assistance, along with that of the ambulance team who got here within minutes, were most comforting. Our thanks to all who helped us that day. Another pointer of how blessed we are to live in Naples.Isabelle Gundaker, NaplesPeople of goodwill need to say NoThursday we observed the one-year anniversary of among the worst days in American history. An organized, crazed, and violent mob attempted to murder the United States. Inspired by a power-mad, oppressive bully and fed a steady diet of lies and conspiracy theories, this flag-waving, Confederate-insignia wearing, anti-Semitic, homophobic rabble almost destroyed the seat of our government. For 187 minutes, the sitting president, who so preferred be anointed king by his wolfpack, did nothing besides enjoy the action on TV, make videos of just how much he enjoyed his fans and root for their success. The rest people saw in paralyzed scary as the law and the institutions we enjoy, revere, and rely on were assaulted with desert. Many continue to cower in fear at the kind of society these insurrectionists would thrust upon us.Enough!The time is now for all people of goodwill, for all men and women who turn down the politics of intimidation and brutality to state “No!” To join arms despite distinctions in policy to protect the grandest experiment in self-government that the world has actually ever understood, the experiment that has specified the course of history for the last 246 years.To save our democracy, we should recommit ourselves to speaking the reality, to rejecting lies, and to believing in evidence rather than malignant fantasies. Defend the facts. Without them, we will be enslaved by dictators.Michael Sales, NaplesHope huge fish will suffer consequencesThursday significant one year since a bunch of people broke the law. Some did it with flagpoles and teargas; others with texts and tweets and secret meetings. Most of us, including me, saw the attack and couldnt believe our eyes.Today I watched a DVD that showed to be simply what the medical professional bought: “Adams Rib,” directed by George Cukor, released in 1949. Tracy and Hepburn play married lawyers on opposite sides of a case. Hepburn wins a “innocent” decision for her client, but while doing so loses the respect of her husband.In the climactic scene, as he is furiously angry and loading his bag, he informs her why he is leaving. (Spoiler alert: They fix up prior to completion of the photo.) He states that he sees in her” [c] ontempt for the law. Its a disease. You think the law is something you can overcome or under or simply plain show off ([ flaut] … The law is the law, whether its great or bad. The thing to do is to alter it– not to bust it large open if its a bad law. You start with one law and quite quickly its all laws, and after that its whatever.” Thank you, George Cukor. I needed that. And thank you, Merrick Garland, who has actually vowed to cast a large net. Possibly the big wheel will suffer some serious consequences for busting the law wide open. I sure hope so.Melanie Chadwick, NaplesAdd HBCU to significant conferencesWhy are there no HBCU (traditionally black institution of higher learnings) in significant college athletic conferences? In a couple of days, two Southern schools will face off for a national football champion. They will require unique athletic abilities and numerous are black and minority. Why are HBCU not welcomed into major conferences and major bowl games?It is not place as many of the HBCUs are located in the south. Looks like a simple thing to do in the SEC or ACC to add a Grambling, Jacksonville State or Tennessee State University. These schools would delight in the exposure, the competition, the tourist attraction to the school, and the windfall income from being a part of these golden goose conferences. The factors are clear. The NCAA is an organization, not so much to promote fair competition, but to feed the coffers and safeguard the item. The Alabamas, Clemsons and Georgias would lose high-value talent, their playing field would be less helpful and more competitive. And the space between power 5 conference schools and HBCUs will narrow. Equity?As conferences maneuver to include schools, this could be a earth moving direction– include HBCU schools into the likes of the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big East and more. Yes, for awhile, some HBCU groups will get beaten, some will adjust, recruit top skill, and gain the rewards. In no time, we might be seeing Grambling vs. Tennessee. How about that!Equity begins someplace. Make it where change can be real and dreams can be achieved.Jack Holt, Cape CoralOunce of prevention, pound of cureThere is an old truism that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Gov. DeSantis and his cosmetic surgeon general flunky apparently do not get it. They are promoting increased supplies of monoclonal antibodies– a treatment– instead of vaccines– a preventative.The vaccine is reasonably cheap while the monoclonal antibodies are costly. Getting the vaccine is a simple injection while getting the antibodies requires a health center (or center) based infusion.I recognize that DeSantis has actually been promoting treatment rather than avoidance for political reasons but we the individuals of Florida ought to not be put at danger to promote his image and program, David Goldstein, NaplesReflections on Harry ReidThe article about Democrats keeping in mind Harry Reid was a fitting commentary on his skills as a reliable administrator of the Senate for the four terms he served as Senate majority leader and 2 terms as Senate minority leader. Reid initially served three years in the House before his election to the Senate where he served for 32 years. However like numerous who serve in the House or Senate his success at sponsoring legislation and then getting a costs to become law was far from impressive. Using congress.gov as the data source you can extract the following facts.During his 35 years in Congress Reid sponsored 503 expenses. Only 19 ended up being law. Of the 19 that became law five were just demands to name a federal building in Nevada after a specific person. Reid was not very effective in getting other senators to cosponsor his proposed legislation. Just the ALS Registry Act he sponsored and ended up being law attracted 77 cosponsors Excluding this costs, Reid balanced just 1.7 cosponsors on his 18 staying expenses that became law.Of course, Reid did sign on as one of lots of cosponsors to 145 expenses presented by fellow Democrats. On those bills, there were an average of 54.7 cosponsors.Rest in peace, Harry Reid. You served the Democratic celebration well.Ron Dudley, Sanibel


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