Letters & Guest Commentaries

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spineless Behavior

I would like to begin by thanking Marco Island City Councilors Batte and Brown for showing the citizens of Marco Island that they have dignity, intelligence and class in their performance on the City Council. Unfortunately, they are the only ones serving on the council who do. They are quite obviously the only councilors who have backbones. I was outraged […]

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is […]

Council: Critiques and Credit

Critiques: With the sole exception of our new council’s lone female member, Charlette Roman, who makes her points clear and concise, the remaining councilors trend towards long-winded discourses, irrespective of need and regardless of the Chair’s efforts to keep things moving. For example, in one instance when the Chair simply asked one councilor if he agreed with a particular statement, […]