Letters to the editor for Friday, June 25, 2021
The poorly understood critical race theory
There are many misconceptions about critical race theory. Many believe he accuses all white people of racism. This is a mistake. Its premise is that our society has inherent racism. Again, many think this is wrong and our laws are now color blind.
Of course, most laws and policies are not racist, but some are. For example, Florida and most southern states do not have a Medicaid expansion. This disproportionately harms minorities. Changes to voting rights in Florida and other states hurt minorities. Legal penalties for crack, a minority drug, are more severe than those for cocaine, a predominantly white drug.
In the recent past, the Southern Department of Agriculture has discriminated against black farmers. Banks are more reluctant to lend to minorities in many areas. Minority areas may have less access to sewer connections and drinking water. Police are more likely to stop minority motorists for minor infractions.
All of this constitutes systemic racism. Instead of banning this theory, let’s correct these injustices.
Benjamin Glick, Naples
Biden welcome relief from Trump
It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and not see the latest news about a pardon or a decree taking away our rights. The United States is now regarded with much more respect by the leaders of the nations.
Throwing blows at age and mental stability is ironic, as the former leader was clearly unstable and ego driven. Lets also unhealthy.
The economy is the result of a pandemic that was not immediately addressed by someone who denied its existence. How many jobs and businesses have been lost because of this refusal? It still looks like Democrats need to fix an economic disaster after Republicans leave the building. Stop being greedy with your tax money if you are in that 1%. You owe it to a country that has made you successful.
Federal voting laws should be enacted to prevent the bleeding of state and federal funds on false recounts. Always chasing the big lie of a stolen election is ignorance and proves the repetition, repetition, repetition theory: it will stay etched in your mind if you don’t verify your information.
Unfortunately, mass shootings are now a daily occurrence in our country. This did not happen until the NRA gained power in our government.
Keep your eyes and ears closed to the facts and you may not recognize the country my parents fought for.
Christianne Murphy, Fort Myers
Old people disconnected from women’s rights
Isn’t it strange that those who oppose abortion are largely gray-haired old men who are so far removed from women’s rights and their right to decide for themselves instead of band of old men. The other factor is that often the man involved in an unwanted pregnancy simply goes away. Be with the times and women are no longer your slaves.
Elaine Simpson, Naples
Letters reveal authoritarian worship
I applaud the newspaper for printing these letters which attack the liberal elite, the BLM, the leftist programs and yearn for the glory days of the former, I repeat, the former president. It’s a revelation about the cult of authoritarians and how great things used to be and how terrible they got in just five short months.
Disregard the attempt to overthrow an election because his ego was so bruised and he is a man who has cheated his whole life. The attempt to pressure DOJ officials in December to take his claims to the Supreme Court, the moment Barr suddenly resigned and Rosen felt pressure from the White House. To Mark Meadows who claims that the Italian satellites have changed voting machines and the call to Georgia to find 11,780 votes.
When that failed, he urged his supporters on Jan.6 to attack Congress and stop certification. Authoritarians reside in Russia, Brazil and Venezuela and have no place in a democratic America. Watch out for the next one or the great experience will be over. Seeds are sown.
Laurence Jacks, Estero
Trump best president since Reagan
Regarding a letter extolling President Biden and his policies, let’s take a look at Biden’s agenda: open borders; curl up on Iran, China and Russia; let the left completely destroy America with communism. What Trump has done is make America great again, the complete opposite of Biden’s agenda. Hateful, divisor, incoherent, call Trump whatever you like, but he was the best president we’ve had since Reagan.
Moe Sinclair, Cape Coral
Frog Smith function appreciated
Thank you very much for reporting on Frog Smith on Sunday’s Tropicalia. As soon as I saw her picture, I had a big smile on my face. I loved reading his columns and always looked forward to them. I’m glad he is remembered. I didn’t know he was an artist but I appreciate him even more.
Babs Marchand, Naples