Aug. 2, 2017
Mailbag for Aug. 3: Enough is enough; disagreeing with Putin comments
By Phillip Schwartz
How long are we going to let our democracy fail? How long are we going to not admit we were wrong to vote for the world's phoniest salesmen as our president? How long are we going to accept the best Congress money can buy?
As a retired United States history teacher, I find it appalling that we as citizens are allowing this to go on and on and on. I'm not saying that the Democrats are "great." All I am stating is we have been fooled and this country of ours is in danger of becoming an oligarchy (controlled by billionaires).
Please look at the facts and stop being led like sheep to the slaughter. Real facts do matter. For example, climate change is a scientific fact of life. We cannot go on being lied to day after day. It is time for Trump to go and we must stand up for what is right. We must open our eyes and let the truth free us from this madness that is going on in the capital of these United States of America.
Disagreeing with Putin comments
As an American citizen, I am deeply alarmed when I see another American publicly praise a regular "rightie" contributor to The News-Press, Mr. Richard W. Metz. This individual has become so irrationally enraged at any opposition to his equally irrationally enraged president, that he is willing to join hands with Donald Trump in his plaudits for the autocratic Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. In two recent mailbag letters, Mr. Metz has offered his belief that Mr. Putin is a statesman of remarkable ability and skill in advancing his nation's interest, and that we (the United States) have an irrational hatred for the Russian leader. Really?
Setting aside the undeniable belief by all U.S. intelligence that Putin is the culprit who orchestrated the attack on our democratic election process, following is additional enlightenment as to the personal character of Mr. Putin as a nation's leader.
Despite a state campaign against corruption, Putin's Russia has failed to shake off accusations of being fundamentally dishonest. Huge construction projects have been a goldmine for crooked officials in the Russian government. Putin has suppressed non-governmental business by requiring funding groups from abroad to label themselves as
"Foreign agents" and subjecting them to stringent audits with subsequent fines. The Russian internet is now governed by vague laws that allow blockage of sites deemed to publish "extremist" material. New Russian laws have raised the penalties for those taking part in protests not sanctioned by authorities. And, let us not ignore the imprisonment and assassinations of several (0 at last estimate) prominent opposition voices where dissent is not particularly welcome.
Dan Cornila, Fort Myers
Letter to Republicans
This is an open letter to the Republican Party. I will first say, yes, I am a proud Liberal. In the last few weeks in the news and mailbag letters, I have continually heard the term "The American people" agrees with this, or voted for that, all things pertaining to Trump, and I am a little put off by the use of it. Let me say I was born of American parents in the USA. I was raised in a religious household and believe in a higher power (God). I have a little college. I worked from age 18 years old and I am now 76 years old. I have voted on both sides.
I disapprove of much of his behavior in the White House and his choices of staff. I don't like the nepotism in his staff and a daughter who gets to run her business with free office space out of the White House. I am sick of the term, "the American People,” because it is not factual. Some of you on the mighty right, I am sure will have an answer for me.
Carol Boberg, North Fort Myers
Regarding the Escambia County religious lawsuit, mailbag writer Jim Smith, in “Lawsuit,” The News-Press, on July 21, misleads readers in his statement that “nones” (“no faith citizens”) do outnumber every religious denomination in the U.S.”
According to the Berkeley Blog, Pew, Gallup, and GSS, the proper definition of “nones” is “no religious affiliation” not “no faith citizens” as misstated by Smith. As such, these polls have determined that “23% of American citizens have no religious affiliation,” but many of them (myself included) do maintain their personal faith beliefs.
At the very best, 15% of Americans are “no faith citizens” making ‘faith based citizens” the hands down majority.
William A. Farley, Fort Myers
Steve Wolfson (Russia, July 22) makes the statement that “’liberals’ are the only Americans with any sense of patriotism and love of democracy, honesty, integrity, and honor in our government these days.”
If we can’t conduct political discourse without one side or the other making such outrageous, inflammatory, and totally false statements, then perhaps we ought to disband the Mailbag altogether.
Dave Bridgeman, Fort Myers