Letters to the Editor

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 »

Inconsiderate Dog Owners on Marco Island

I would like to address the owners of large dogs who walk along the sidewalk in front of the YMCA. (Evidence points to larger dogs by what is left in the area). I live nearby and am out there several times a day. Both my dog and myself have to avoid these “land mines” constantly, even feces left on the ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Our Statue of Liberty

She stands on Ellis Island so proud and tall, No way around her to build a wall. A symbol of freedom to countries everywhere, The disappointment that now she must bare. Our hearts are broken and she is sad, For all the injustice we inflict is bad. Our immigrant families hopeful and free, Wondering now how their life will be. ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Is the Press an ‘Enemy of the American People’?

The President of the United States and approximately 40 representatives of 12 states on 12/15/91 signed into law five basic liberties for the citizens of America. That was December 15, 1791 and is our country’s Bill of Rights, which contains ten amendments. The First Amendment protects five basic freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ... Read More »

Open Letter to Mr. Roger Hernstadt

Dear Mr. Hernstadt: I am very sorry to hear of your resignation as Marco Island’s City Manager. It is regrettable that some of our councilors failed to set aside emotions and find a civil, constructive, businesslike manner in which to work with you on their issues of concern. It was the hope of many citizens that these issues would be ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Contrasting Thoughts

It’s disappointing to read comments of respected Marco Islanders imitating attitudes of losers in our recent presidential elections. When accusations are spewed against Marco’s new councilors, without a speck of supporting evidence, it’s reminiscent of the senseless actions taken against our new President for no proven reason other than that he was elected. Some Marcoites wail over City Manager Hernstadt’s ... Read More »

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »