Antisemitic video reaction tells it all
Tim Moshier, your first response to an easy question is the only one that matters. You don’t get a second chance. When told that your campaign manager has posted an antisemitic video, you said that you did not see a problem with it and did not want to comment further. And when you were asked if you would condemn antisemitism, in general, you said he had no comment. It wasn’t until you realized your responses might be a problem for your campaign that you backtracked and came out with a more appropriate, and politically acceptable, statement. Well, Tim, it's too late. You don’t get do overs. Your initial comments told us everything we need to know about you.
And Frank Schwerin, you are no better. After hearing your candidate's response to the video, you had the temerity to say: "I have never heard an utterance from Timothy Moshier that even hinted at racism.” Well, Frank, you just heard one. And instead of condemning it, you denied it ever happened.
Based on his reaction to his campaign manager’s video, do you think Tim Moshier belongs on the Collier County School Board? And can you trust anyone that Frank Schwerin has endorsed? I certainly don’t. Please vote in the Collier County School Board election. Help to re-elect Roy Terry, Jen Mitchell and Jory Westberry. Every vote counts!
Larry Israelite, Naples
Short-term rental referendum
Being a member of the Take Back Marco PAC I heard many comments for and against our referendum that is on the primary ballot for Aug. 23. There are two councilors, Grifoni and Irwin who voted to NOT to put the referendum on the ballot.
And, there are two councilors who voted to put the referendum on the ballot, only because the referendum met the requirements to be on the ballot. But, publicly Councilman Brechnitz stated at Citizens for a Better Marco meeting that he is voting No on his ballot. I guess his position is that daily and weekly rentals are okay in the RFS1 – RFS4 zoned districts instead of him enforcing the land development code.
Hideaway Beach rental rules states “Member/owner may lease their property not more than once in a 12 months period, and for a period of not less than 30 days.” “The Lessee is required to provide the necessary information to the general manager for Hideaway Beach Association to obtain a credit and criminal background report as part of the application process and sign a form authorizing Hideaway Beach Association to conduct same at the association’s discretion.”
“Each home or condominium unit (single-family residence) is allowed a maximum of two adults and their dependent children.”
Councilman Folley’s Cape Marco’s Veracruz Policy – condominium, the residence maybe rented for a period of a minimum of 90 consecutive days one time per year.
Amadeo Petricca, Marco Island
Vote Trump supporters out of office
It’s truly amazing how ridiculous the GOP MAGA maniacs have become. The ludicrous calls for civil war because the FBI served a search warrant to recover documents that the former disgraced president had stolen from the U.S. government and the American people are simply stupid. The MAGA maniacs are screaming that if the FBI can search Mar-a-Lago they can search anyone’s home. Well I agree, anyone who has stolen 27 boxes of documents, some classified and some even top secret, should have a search warrant issued against them. Fifteen of those boxes were returned this past February, over a year after he left office, but 12 boxes remained hidden in a storage room in the basement. The former president had refused to return these documents for months, and if past behavior is any indication the thief never had any intentions of returning them! The child man has shown over and over that he has no regard for the U.S. Constitution and thumbs his nose at our legal system at every opportunity. I truly can’t understand how anyone with a modicum of intelligence could admire and support a proven traitor to our beloved country! Remember, he orchestrated the attack on our Capital building. Any elected official who supports this traitor should be voted out of office this November. Heaven help us if we don’t!
Jim Propert, Fort Myers
Support Daija Hinojosa
When the government shut down certain businesses, and randomly left others open, and only to be accessible if guests wore government-mandated face coverings, I grew suspicious. Rioters could gather, but church-goers could not. Walmart was open, but small gyms were closed. I watched as most all complied without question. I lost half of my business and suffered greatly. Where were my elected leaders to fight this madness?
Then I noticed a bold girl on social media defying the nonsense orders, showing up to businesses wearing lampshades on her head, or squaring off at government meetings requesting explanations and the elimination of senseless rules. Daija Hinojosa stood up when it wasn't safe or popular to do so. She defied authority, while others hid, waiting for the political storm to calm before they made a stand. Daija led then, and I support her candidacy for county commissioner, District 4 so she can lead us going forward.
Dave Horton, Naples
Warning visitors about what?
I have been trying to figure out why Ron DeSantis is so hell bent on pushing a new specialty license plate that, according to little Ronnie, will serve as a warning to out of state cars driven by visitors to Florida. What are we warning out of state visitors about? Maybe it's to warn them to not even think about getting an abortion in this state because Ron's in charge of women's reproductive rights; or maybe warn them not to say "gay" around a third grader, could be we should warn them that if they want to move here, their kids might have teachers that don't have a teaching degree.
I went to the DMV website and found that Florida has about 120 specialty plates, about 30 of them have a veterans theme of some sort, whether it is one of the five armed services branches, the Disabled Veterans, Florida salutes Veterans, Silver Star Recipient, the Ex-POW plate, Navy Cross, Vietnam War Veteran, and many more. All of these plates support the veterans, they don't warn out of state visitors about them.
Is Ron so naive that he's not aware that the Gadsden Flag has been associated with right-wing extremist groups across the nation? I doubt that!
Francis Zigo, Cape Coral
Hancik for Charlotte Airport Authority
Robert D Hancik A.A.E., is the chairman of the Charlotte County Airport Authority. Mr. Hancik served as the director of Aviation at the Springfield/Branson National Airport (SGF) Missouri for 32 years. Mr. Hancik brought that experience to the Charlotte County Airport Authority, playing a major role in growing the impact of the Punta Gorda Airport on the economy of Charlotte County. It is estimated, by the Charlotte County Airport Authority, that that impact contributes to $1.275 billion to the Charlotte County economy.
Please cast your ballot for Robert D. Hancik A.A.E., the only candidate for Charlotte County Airport Authority District 2 with airport experience.
Dr. Savatore Castronovo, Punta Gorda
Woke folk take a long nap
Gov. DeSantis just suspended a state attorney, who, like recalled prosecutors in California, refused to enforce the law. Hurrah! It’s time that woke folk take a long nap.
Ira Cotton, Naples
Republicans attracted to thugs
Gov. DeSantis has been criss-crossing Florida delivering his message that he is defending our "freedom" and is determined to make Florida a "free" state. Someone should remind him that freedom should also extend to those who don't agree with him and not only those who agree with him. Instead of recognizing the rights of people or organizations to express thoughts contrary to his, DeSantis punishes dissenters.
Between Trump and DeSantis it becomes apparent that Republicans are attracted to thugs. Isn't it time we put someone in office who actually governs rather than ride roughshod to benefit only his own interests?
Robert F. Tate, Naples
Over the top reaction
There have been a number of letters recently speaking to the concept of "separation of church and state." The history behind this phrase is worth investigating.
The Danbury (CT) Baptist Association wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1801 bemoaning the fact that their state constitution did not have any provision that prohibited establishment of a state religion, which in Connecticut at the time was Congregationalism. Since Jefferson had been successful in ending the Anglican establishment in Virginia, the Baptists hoped he would help them do the same in New England.
Jefferson wrote a letter back to the Baptists, and it is in this letter that he used the phrase "separation of church and state." This phrase is not found in the U.S. Constitution nor the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment was intended to affirm freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
The Supreme Court recently ruled in the Washington state case that the high school football coach who led a voluntary prayer session on the field after games did not violate the First Amendment. A lot of people are upset by this ruling.
I can understand that people would disagree with the court on this issue. However I do not understand one letter writer who characterized the supporters of the ruling as "fomenting exclusion, intolerance and hate." That to me is over the top.
Chuck Bainbridge, Naples
Dismayed at school safety reality
I read with no little dismay that our new school superintendent has prioritized safety over everything else this school year. How did this become our reality? When did we start having to worry about our children making it alive through the school day?
Every parent who has to send their children to school worried for their safety or fearful of whether SROs and teachers can or will keep their children safe should be working as hard as they can to reduce the ubiquity of guns in our neighborhoods, prioritizing effective counseling in schools, and modeling behaviors that will help their children become those who help, not those who harm.
Let’s get back to schools that teach our children and an administration that can and will prioritize adequate and effective staffing, budgeting to support learning objectives, and modeling an engaged community that brings the best we are to our children’s education.
Kathleen Finderson, Fort Myers Beach
Trump supporters blind to his faults
The latest investigation into Trump’s aberrant solution to losing power concern his stealing classified material as he walked out of the White House. He was politely asked to return these documents and refused. These documents contain critically sensitive government secrets that can materially harm this country if they are sold to our enemies, and I would not at all be surprised if this maneuver was not Trump’s intention, sort of an “I’ll show you” move that defines his “character.” Are any Trump supporters watching this meltdown and still supporting him? Of course they are. They are blind to his faults, blind to his misdeeds, blind to his attempted destruction of our democracy. The only answer is to remove his power. Vote for the Democratic candidate if you want to support this country.
Harriet Stanton-Leaffer, Matlacha
Biden on inflation
Joe Biden stated into a microphone that inflation is zero percent. Of course everyone knows this is a poor attempt of a mathematical stunt and canard. Since the beginning of time inflation analysis is based on annual data. So a good question from a reporter might be "If inflation is zero percent why do we need an inflation reduction act?"
John McWilliams, Fort Myers
Disinformation flows from DeSantis
I recently received an email from Gov. DeSantis with comments on the Inflation Reduction Act:
*"The federal Regime is targeting those it dislikes for disfavored treatment.*
"Now, the Regime is getting another 87,000 IRS agents to wield against its adversaries. With this addition, the agency is now larger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined, and BILLIONS of dollars are now being directed to fund these new hires.
"Democrats are not simply expanding an agency. They are growing their army of Biden Regime soldiers standing ready to execute any order by the D.C. Swamp.
"The fact that the Left is turning taxpayer-funded government agencies into extensions of the Democrat Machine to do their political bidding right before our eyes should be alarming to every American.
*These are not actions indicative of leaders in a free republic. This mirrors a Banana Republic."
His letter addressed me as a "Patriot" for which I thank him. I am proud of my 23 years active duty service in the Navy and I vigorously applaud the rule of law in this country. I believe, as a patriot, that it is important that our youth be educated in a complete and accurate history of our country with all its glorious achievements as well as its faults and blemishes, like the history of slavery and racism and treatment of minorities using "dog whistles" like "Soros" to denigrate those of our patriots who are Jewish.
I am not surprised that Gov. DeSantis distorts elements of HR5376: the Inflation Reduction Act. Specifically the authorization to hire 87,000 hires from now to 2031. This will NOT be an "additional" 87,000 but restoration of the IRS to a previous level of 100,000 from the current level of 74,000. In addition to replacing retiring agents many of these hires will be bringing IT skills to use modern data processing tools and equipment to the service to more efficiently and accurately collect legal and congressionally authorized taxes.
It is not surprising that disinformation flows from the governor, he used the same approach when dealing disastrously with COVID.
We need new leadership in a governor who will respect citizens and tell the truth.
Charles J Theisen, Jr., Naples
Heads I win; tails you lose
Sometimes we would flip a coin to settle disputes as kids, and we'd make a little "joke" about it. We'd say, "Heads I win; tails you lose." We thought it was funny. Of course, it never occurred to us at the time that such a patent absurdity might become a mantra for a mainstream American political party.
And here we are. One of our political parties simply no longer acknowledges the possibility of losing in a binary, zero sum transaction. Even when it loses, it wins. It's our little "joke" all over again, and it's even less funny this time. These people are deadly serious, and they're saying the quiet part out loud. They are willing to preside over the demise of small "d" democratic governance in order to gain, maintain and exercise power. Who could have anticipated this 70 years ago? Who woulda thunk it?
Geremy Spampinato, Naples
Return Trump to power
After seeing the total abuse of power unfold on the news I, for one, am going back to President Trump for reelection. Over recent years an unimaginable amount of money and time has been spent by the Democrats trying to demote President Trump through false hearings, and now raiding his home. If he had won in 2020 there wouldn't be a war in the Ukraine, the Chinese wouldn't be threatening one of our allies. We would still have a strong foreign policy, and be respected by both our enemies and our allies. We would still be energy efficient. We wouldn't be looking at a recession and high tax increases. Enough is enough. I was going to seek other candidates for '24 but we need to have a strong administration from the top down in order to get our country back on track. Right now we don't have any checks and balances. Socialism is getting a foothold on our country and if we don't stop it we will get so out of control there won't be any way back.
Gary Olson, North Fort Myers
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Letters to the editor for Saturday, August 13, 2022