Letters to the Editor

The Birds Are Calling

Collier County residents are fortunate to live in an area so abundant with bird life, as well as having opportunities to support local groups committed to the health and welfare of the avian populations and their environment. One such organization is the Audubon Society of the Western Everglades. Now in my second year of volunteering for Audubon as a bird ... Read More »

Health Care in the U.S.A.

Yes! If you don’t have health insurance you can die. The question we need to ask is why? Every developed country believes it is a “right.” When will our congress see the “light?” Additional money needs to come from the budget book. Into a multi-trillion dollar budget we must look. Does the budget reflect the things in which we believe? ... Read More »

6-Month Report from the City Council Chairman

City council elections took place six months ago, so this is a good occasion to take a look at what has been accomplished over the past half year, and what the Marco Island community can expect in the next six months. City council authorized a nationwide search for a new city manager, and we should attract an incredible person for ... Read More »

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

Who will pay for these costs? YOU…the taxpayer…whether YOUR Government comes up with some elaborate method or scheme they will pay or subsidize it with your tax dollars. Bottom line…YOU WILL PAY. I’d like to propose a very simple solution to the payment problem or concerns as follows: Assumption one: Pre-existing medical conditions should be covered by insurance. Assumption two: ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Can the Democrats Come Back?

I voted for President Ronald Reagan in 1980. That may come as a surprise to many who know me because I am a Democrat, and proud of it. When I was hired to be press secretary to Frank Lautenberg in his first U.S. Senatorial race, I confessed that fact to our campaign manager. That background, I believed then and now, ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: The Gavel is Passed 

It is with great excitement that I pass the president’s gavel to Dave Rice, a leader and motivator in the Marco Island community. I am also excited to work with our new board members and look forward to my new role as secretary of the board for the Caxambas Republican Club. My husband Jim Lane and I came to Marco ... Read More »

Correction to Letter to the Editor: The End of an Era

The letter to the editor titled The End of an Era and published in the last edition was printed in error. The misunderstanding for Memorial Day has been cleared up and the City will be providing much appreciated assistance. The letter was written prior to this being cleared up and I deeply apologize for it appearing. It was not to be printed and confused with our Memorial ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Legislative Nuclear Option

Extreme partisanship has permeated Capitol Hill since former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) into law on March 23, 2010. Now that the Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, they may be tempted to exercise a legislative nuclear option to speedily pass their versions of health care and income tax reform bills. While such ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The End of an Era – Marco Island VFW

For over 30 years the members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Marco Island have conducted both Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies for those wishing to attend. The VFW members who have participated in these Ceremonies are veterans who served in World War II to the most recent foreign wars. For the past 15 years our ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: How Embarrassing!

Marco Island’s elected representative to the Collier County Tourist Development Council (TDC), Victor Rios, has once again embarrassed Marco Island. He was quoted in the Naples Daily News as complaining at the past two meetings about how long it took to get to the meeting compared with travel time in the offseason. He then went on to ask “Do we ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chamber Requests Removal of Rios From TDC

Our understanding of the mission of the City Council is to protect the interest, safety and reputation of the citizens, businesses and visitors of Marco Island. Each of you have a seat and represent the Island on our county boards. The words and actions of our City Council have a direct economic impact on our quality of life and your ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Request for Volunteers

I am sure it must be an administrative oversight that I haven’t been contacted to serve the city on the Audit Advisory Committee. I responded over a year ago to a request for volunteers for various volunteer boards. The selection criteria as I recall was a willingness to serve on a volunteer basis and have some demonstrated civic activity in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Volunteers Needed

Marco Island’s government could not function without the key volunteer boards and committees appointed by city council. And one of the most important is the Audit Advisory Committee. This committee oversees the city’s financial functions, recommends and works with the city’s public accounting firm, and implements policies and practices that help keep our financial situation one of the most stable ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Entitlements

Entitlements The word, ENTITLEMENT, has been raised high on the flagpole as benefits of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. According to the new federal administration, these benefits spend too much money of the Government budget and must be reformed. Fewer benefits, the more money saved, so goes the theory. This took me to the dictionary to find a true meaning ... Read More »

Response to Brenna

The nearly three column dissertation by Judy Brenna cannot go unanswered, for its premise, evident in the last paragraph. Obviously, her main point was to impress us with her vast knowledge, albeit much of it Ideological claptrap, of history of the world. Her points are well taken, but some are lacking in factual nature. FACT: Jeff Sessions met with the ... Read More »

Marco’s Future

Since “Gotham” (Marco Island) became a City, The residents have endured all sorts of “Calamities” since the voters had the delusional idea of “local control.” The cartoon like cast of characters voted into office by the alleged “well informed” citizenry became the laughing stock of the County. We have endured inept, inane, hypocrites, pedophiles, drunks, megalomaniacs, use to bes, wanna ... Read More »

Immigrants

As a girl, I went to Public School That is where I learned the “Golden Rule”. School, community, home all taught the same And I learned “Democracy” was the name. By which my country lived and thrived A place where hopeful immigrants arrived They worked hard to raise their families Survived many heart breaks and realities. They loved America “Land ... Read More »

Why Words Work

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded what would become Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the most famous names in advertising. Ogilvy, an Englishman, had worked during WWII in the intelligence service at the British Embassy in Washington. After the war, he became an advertising copywriter. Today, he is referred to as the original “Mad Man” and the Father of Advertising. ... Read More »

Which Is It?

Does Trump know Putin?  According to Trump: 11/2013: YES.  “I do have a relationship [with Putin], and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.” 3/2014: YES. “Putin even sent me a present” after Miss Universe contest. 5/2014: YES. “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who ... Read More »