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Not likely solutions to be implemented

Our president could reduce gas prices while simultaneously reversing his falling poll numbers by simply announcing the Keystone Pipeline’s reopening. This would also include lifting the ban on drilling and exploration on federal property. Announcement of closing the southern border as well as the installation of wall material. 

These simple solutions, which are only two in number, will not be implemented. It is obvious that our current environment was not created by chance.

Richard Jury, Naples

We appreciate your efforts.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank the Naples Daily News for the wonderful Sunday supplement on Nov. 14 entitled “Seven Days of 1961.” This was the culmination of many interviews, research and it is powerful. It should, I would suggest, be required to read in all schools.

Harriet Howard Heithaus, I would also like to toast. She provides us information on concerts, fundraisers, and art shows week after week. A lesser writer might lose steam over time. Howard Heithaus approaches her work with energy and imagination, which keeps us coming back for more. Her work is truly a treasure. Cheers!

Melanie Chadwick, Naples

QAnon Republicans defy understanding

Can anyone imagine there are Republicans who believe in QAnon, that’s where they really believe many Democrats in Congress are “child-sex-predators” that kill and drink their blood?  These sick people flocked to Dallas in Texas in the belief that John Kennedy Jr. would pass them by and join Trump for his 2024 ticket.  Kennedy Jr. perished in a plane accident in 1999.

Some of these QAnon Republican traitors were in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. They are also some of the same cowards that threaten our wonderful school teachers, school board members and election officials, who are only doing their jobs.

E.L. “Bud”  Ruff, Naples

What’s in it for Florida?

DeSantis called it “infrastructure bill” after he made fun of Governor DeSantis. “pork barrel spending,” now he is complaining that there’s apparently not enough pork in it to suit him now that the bill has passed.

The bill was opposed by both Florida Senators and Florida Republican Representatives. Still, the bill was defeated by both Florida senators and all of the state’s Republican representatives.

Florida’s Infrastructure Bill gives it $13.1 trillion for repairs and improvements to more than 3500 miles of highways that were rated as unsafe. “poor condition,” $245 million for bridge replacement and repair, $16 billion for additional major improvement projects, $2.6 billion for public transportation, $198 million for an EV (electric vehicle) charging network throughout the state. $100 million to improve broadband and bring internet to all regions in Florida where it is lacking, $36 million to protect against wildfires, $29 million to protect against cyberattacks, $1.6 billion for Florida clean water infrastructure, and $1.2 billion for airports.

Florida’s growth is rapid and the state is spending less. It is a welcome investment that all Floridians need to embrace.

Alan Donahue, Cape Coral

What is the secret to our success?

As a self-confessed news junkie, this week provided the most chilling, disheartening combination of stories I’ve ever witnessed, all happening simultaneously.

Two murder trials were held in Wisconsin and Georgia. In each case, civilian vigilantes with no police power shot unarmed people and later claimed self-defense.

The case in Wisconsin involved a 17-year old kid who killed two men during the unrest in Kenosha, claiming he was there to “help people and protect property.”In Georgia, three unarmed white men shot and killed a black man they believed was burglarizing their community.

The U.S. House of Representatives decided to suspend and censure one of its members for publishing an animated cartoon that had been altered to portray him murdering another member of Congress and attacking President Biden. Normally, the party responsible would be the one to punish the perpetrator for such an inhuman act. However, the Republican minority’s current leadership refused to condemn the actions. The censure was pushed by Speaker Pelosi because the House, if it did nothing, would have accepted the act.

The stories of all three are connected and they tell me a lot about our current society. “My God, how did we get here?”

Jay Light, Fort Myers Beach

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