Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 24, 2022

Reinstall Lee bust a terrible idea

Save Southern Heritage wants to “honor Lee in Lee” by relocating the bust of Robert E. Lee to Lee County. It’s a terrible idea.

Lee’s legacy is betrayal, slavery and Jim Crow. Unfortunately, after 135 years it is difficult to change the name of a county, but we can change its namesake.

Before moving to Florida, I lived in Johnson County, Iowa, named after Richard Mentor Johnson, an American Vice President who enslaved his wife and bragged about slaughtering Native Americans.

In 2020, Johnson County changed its namesake to Lulu Merle Johnson, who fought mid-1900s segregation (in the north) to become the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate. in Iowa.

Lee County’s namesake may be Samuel Phillips Lee, a naval officer who fought for the Union, and the third cousin of Robert E. Lee. His name could tell the story of families torn apart by war.

Billy Lee would be even better. Enslaved by George Washington, William “Billy” Lee became Washington’s irreplaceable assistant who helped him better understand black humanity.

Florida just passed a law banning the racial “discomfort” that (Robert E.) Lee County violates every day. (Billy) Lee County would be a name we could and should be proud of.

Jim Hussey, Babcock Ranch

Wrong priorities for Cape Town council

Cape Coral City Council, instead of worrying about regulating homes with storm shutters, which protect homes when residents are away, or businesses with neon signs announcing they are open or closed, why don’t focus on developing opportunities like Four Freedoms Park or the lot adjacent to Cork Soakers that was supposed to be developed years ago! Last I checked, we’re not paying you to punish residents and businesses, but paying you to focus on developing new businesses and opportunities that will enrich Cape Coral.

Cindy Emmerich, Cape Coral

May have been good reasons behind the votes

A letter writer in today’s News-Press alleges that Senators Scott and Rubio are hypocrites because they voted against a $13.8 billion aid package for Ukraine and then called President Biden to help Ukraine by giving them access to aircraft and air defense systems. Has the author considered the possibility that the aid package may not include these vital ingredients? Has the author considered the possibility that the $13.8 billion is filled with unnecessary and/or unnecessary (but costly) frills, like so many bills drafted and passed by Congress? There are many potential good reasons to vote against any bill introduced in Congress. To accuse a person of hypocrisy, one must know what that person really thinks, compared to what he says and does. I doubt any of us have that ability.

Dave Bridgeman, Alva

NCH ​​Emergency Room Praise

My 82 year old wife, with a near death experience from a previously ruptured brain aneurysm, woke up at 4am on Sunday March 19 feeling extremely ill. She had a severe headache, blood pressure so low it couldn’t be registered on our BP machine, very low body temperature of 94.1 degrees, but with normal blood oxygen levels of 98%. She was alert but could not walk and was transferred by ambulance to the NCH ER by an excellent EMS team in Collier County.

The ER staff were truly exceptional from the moment my wife arrived. After complex tests, including continuous monitoring of his heart functions, a CBC, a CT scan of his brain and a chest x-ray, it was determined that fortunately there was no new brain aneurysm and that the cause of his severe symptoms was atrial fibrillation ( A F).

She will have further tests, she is now taking blood thinners as AF can cause blood clots which can lead to strokes. His prognosis is very good.

We cannot give enough praise or compliments to the many nurses, emergency physician Victor Ramos and our personal physician Vijay Konda, all of whom acted with exceptional compassion and medical excellence. We will be forever grateful for the care, skill and judgment of the NCH ER team and Dr. Konda. It is comforting to know that we have such world-class medical care available here in Naples.

Dr. Bernard Loewenthal, Jr., Naples

Appreciated acts of kindness

On March 3, my husband tripped over a cement car stop in a parking lot between Dollar Tree and Rib City. Many people ran to help him. They stopped their cars, got bandages, helped him into the car. We were able to send thank you notes to the staff of the hospital buildings where he was treated but no way to thank the people in the parking lot who were so kind to him. Bob fractured his pelvis and is slowly healing. Please again thank you very much everyone. We will pass on these acts of kindness.

Diane Marquard, Fort Myers Beach

Oppose the rezoning of golf courses

I am writing to you about the dire situation myself and nearly 700 other families in my neighborhood are facing here at Riviera Golf Estates.

We live in the most peaceful beautiful neighborhood surrounding a public golf course. The owner of the golf course is trying to rezone it for housing so he can sell it to a builder. Most of us didn’t know the owner wanted to sell the land and/or build on it until we bought it. Some have been here for decades and felt safe because the restriction in the original act when the neighborhood was built said the golf course, which is our floodplain, would remain a golf course in perpetuity!

The concerns we have:

1. Flood flood flood! The greens are under a lot of water during the summer rains, sometimes near our houses. To build, the land must be raised and this would cause runoff on our land. The golf course is a documented floodplain 2. Destroying the golf course would remove yet another wildlife habitat here in Florida that is quickly becoming a parking lot. I have pictures of great blue herons, night herons, little blue herons, little green herons, egrets, snowy egrets, hawks, eagles, limpkins, Egyptian geese, ducks, wood ducks, turtles, osprey, fox squirrels on the way of disappearance, and much more. It would be such a loss for the animals and those of us who live here to enjoy our last 3 years in peace and serenity. We are a community of over 55, slow traffic and no noise. Adding another type of neighborhood that might have loud fast cars, school buses, loud music, would disrupt our way of life permanently, not to mention:

4. Years of trucks and machinery, dust, dirt and construction (hammering, pounding, etc.) and the noise that goes with it. 5. Loss of property value 6. Loss of privacy 7. Loss of a beautiful, affordable and always busy public golf course

8. Loss of view of the lake (and animals and birds), as the plan is to move the ponds to different areas.

We plan to oppose it very strongly. Everyone in Naples should care before they have skyscrapers in their backyard. Yes, everyone loves to come to Naples, but they won’t if we take away the beauty and wildlife.

Judy WelchNaples