Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 4, 2022
Miss Naples as it was
Thirty-five years ago, my parents were lucky enough to find a little piece of heaven in a small town in Florida called Naples, a town unknown to many others. My newly retired husband and I now live in this little piece of paradise that my parents left us when they died. Although we will always and always love Naples, I continue to find myself missing the Naples of yesteryear every day. The days when everyone in Naples was considered elderly, when a Cadillac was the only luxury car on the road, when all houses were modest one-story, when there was no need to avoid bicycles and pedestrians everywhere, where hotel rooms were cheaper, when boats had one motor instead of five, when it was not necessary to book two months in advance for dinner, when people on the beach were wearing “whole” bathing suits, when a condo was under $200,000, when people asked where Naples was, when it was reasonable to join a country club, when traffic lights were on. one minute instead of five, when there was a dive bar to enjoy the beach, when there was a place to park downtown and several Suite.
Although those days are over and the newer and less simple Naples is booming, I can’t help but continue to miss what once was.
Redistricting in Bonita
Wealthy part-time residents of the region have less incentive to improve the lot of those struggling with existential financial problems. They also have another house they can go to when things go wrong here or the weather doesn’t suit them. Bonita Bay does not allow outside candidates to run for office to campaign house to house within their gates. This gives Bonita Bay community administrators undue influence in government and Bonita Springs Utilities elections. Bonita Bay residents can contribute more to charity, but that doesn’t get them more than one vote per person. The people of Bonita Bay currently get cheap reclaimed irrigation water from BSU/RCS, unlike the rest of us. This despite the fact that we can afford less.
Most residents of Bonita Bay also use their homes as financial shelters, properties protected from bankruptcy. That’s why many of them are registered to vote here. That’s why they aren’t there when the going gets tough. That’s why a lot of them aren’t here except three to four months out of the year. Let’s count residents in the heat of summer as the census did. Ignore redistricting proposal 1. Go with 2 or 3.
Jude Richvale, Bonita Springs
It’s time to rely on student loans
A quick look behind the curtain of the federal student loans program shows a blowback of an Obama policy. For many years, students have applied for grants, aids, and scholarships based and accepted by private lenders and banking institutions. These lenders looked at the ability to repay the loans and every year the demand was essential.
Under President Obama, he brought the student loan program into the federal government and basically had the door open to borrow amounts beyond a reasonable doubt. I’m sure the intention of this program was to provide money to students who could not afford college, and many were from minorities. Good intentions lead to bad results.
And typically the government now wants to “forgive” these loans because the amounts of money borrowed are extreme and difficult to repay. The amounts in question range from $10,000 to $50,000.
I guess most if not all student borrowers have a car that costs an average of $30,000. And the 72-month monthly loan allows full repayment. And believe me, these loans are repaid.
I suggest a better use of $10,000. Give it to me, I’ll spend it on the economy, enabling jobs and careers. Or better, $50,000 and I’ll buy that new truck, employ auto workers, and buy gasoline for the next 10 years.
True, everything is ridiculous. It is time to be accountable. Hey, Joe, where’s my free money?
Jack Holt, Cape Coral
the deceiver Vladimir Putin; honest joe biden
I diagnosed Putin as a sociopath. He exhibits all the symptoms of a sociopath:
Sociopaths lack empathy, specifically an inability to feel remorse for their actions. They lack awareness. Psychopaths always have this symptom which makes them particularly dangerous. When you feel no remorse, you are free to do anything – anything that comes to mind,
Sociopaths have difficulty forming emotional bonds, so their relationships are often unstable and chaotic. Rather than forging bonds with the people in their lives, they might try to exploit them for their own benefit through deception, coercion, intimidation, and guilt.
Sociopaths tend to try to woo and please the people around them for their own gain or for entertainment. But that doesn’t mean they’re charismatic. But they like to manipulate others.
Sociopaths have a reputation for being dishonest and deceptive. They often feel comfortable lying to get their way or get out of trouble. They also tend to embellish the truth when it suits them.
Some might be openly violent. Others will verbally cut you off. Either way, sociopaths tend to show cruel disregard for the feelings of others. They don’t feel guilty for what they do or say.
Sociopaths are not only hostile themselves, but they are more likely to interpret the behavior of others as hostile, which drives them to seek revenge.
Sociopaths make impulsive decisions without worrying about the consequences.
Combine irresponsibility, impulsiveness, and the need for immediate gratification, and it’s no surprise that sociopaths get involved in risky behaviors. They tend to care little for the safety of others, let alone the effects of nuclear war.
Joe Biden recognized these traits in Putin when he honestly said, “For the love of God, this man can’t stay in power. But Biden’s actions seem more effective than his words. Experts say the best way to deal with a sociopath is, “Don’t do it.” Biden therefore did not negotiate with Putin, but subjected Russia and its oligarchs to sanctions, supplied arms to Ukraine, tied himself strongly to all NATO countries and placed American troops in countries around Russia in numbers that should not be construed as an existential threat but in sufficient numbers. to prevent invasions lest they be seen as an attack on NATO and the United States. Coincidentally, all of Biden’s actions are the same as those needed to avert a nuclear war. Sounds like honest Joe Biden can be honest when he speaks and implement effective strategies that work on all fronts. Sounds like leadership to me.
Whoops. Western films now banned for children
What to expect from the GOP Legislature in Florida after the “parental rights” bills. No western films for our children are authorized for viewing online and especially in cinemas where other children may be present. “Brokeback Mountain” was the first and now “The Power of the Dog” is playing. Enough of this diabolical stuff.
Michael Lenihan, Bonita Springs
And the winner is …
Civics Class 101: Whoever makes the rules wins!
Ronald A. Soulard, Napoli