Letters to the Editor for Saturday March 26, 2022

“Buddy Holly Story”, the best show in years

With all the sad and upsetting news in the world, this is going to be something very different.

The Florida Rep Theater in downtown Fort Myers is now putting on one of the best shows we’ve seen in years: “The Buddy Holly Story.” I’ve never been a fan of Buddy (I’m a little too young). However, this performance could/should be on Broadway. I wasn’t sure if we were watching a play or a concert. The music, the singing, the acting and above all the story and the enthusiasm of the actors were just amazing.

It was so engaging, interactive, but those eight people on stage played many roles and played many instruments. Amazing talent. If you miss this show, you will regret it. We’ve had subscriptions for years, but I’ve never felt the need to spread the word to see world-class production. We are always in awe of the incredible talent on this stage. Thank you all for this first class production. It was absolutely amazing.

Allison Suarez, Cape Coral

Regulation of storm shutters is excessive

Cape Coral’s proposed ordinance to deal with storm shutters is, I believe, a knee-jerk reaction to a few isolated cases. I respect the desire of the police and fire department to have fewer obstructions in certain emergency situations, but I would like to see statistics provided on the number of year-round residents who died or were injured because they had shutters on some windows. I doubt there would be many full-time residents, if any, who would have all their windows, sliders, etc. covered if they actually resided in the house. I live full time in my condo and recently installed roller shutters for my condo and keep them in the bedrooms to reduce noise and light for better sleeping conditions. The rest of my windows, doors and sliders are uncovered. If this order was in effect, I would have chosen the impact windows instead. I believe this is yet another example of government overreach in trying to dictate how citizens should live.

Justo Almodóvar, Cape Coral

Walking restriction harms people with disabilities

In a stunning display of arrogance and ignorance, Community Development District Supervisors of Gateway Services recently voted to restrict access to the Pelican Preserve boardwalk to pedestrians. This after they had just spent $1,000,000 redeveloping this boardwalk.

Pelican Preserve is a 55+ community and many residents can only travel by golf cart. They have been using their golf carts for 20 years to enjoy their reserve via the boardwalk.

This vote was taken on the recommendation of their PPAC who acted on a single resident’s complaint.

Obviously, they are unaware of the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act which requires equal access for elderly and disabled citizens.

Here, I hope someone will file a lawsuit in federal district court to have this outrage quashed.

As a footnote, the barricades were set up before the vote.

Jayne Shaffer, Fort Myers

Wicked and petty hatemongers

For anyone who couldn’t watch most of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s live confirmation hearing, you missed a first-hand look at the character of potential Republican presidential nominees Ted Cruz. , Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton. I would call these gentlemen gentlemen but they don’t deserve the title. I wonder if their constant interruption of the candidate and their repeated efforts to denigrate her character and her judgments were due to their sexism, racism or lack of understanding of the case law or some other darker motive. No doubt the audience will be sliced ​​up by the media and used as cannon fodder for the primary. Don’t fall for the “tough on crime” stance they are trying to manufacture for their own gain. They are wicked and petty hatemongers who should NOT be given the opportunity to spread their incivility and poisonous venom further. As Floridians, we’ve seen enough in our own backyards.

In contrast, we saw an unflappable, intelligent, hard-working and well-prepared female judge who refused to be intimidated by their tactics. I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see the day when an African American woman will most likely be our next Supreme Court Justice. May God bless her.

Patricia Hoffman, Punta Gorda

Thoughts on Taiwan

The West’s reaction to the Ukrainian invasion must have helped China predict how we would react to an invasion of Taiwan.

Judging by what just happened, they would expect a series of sanctions and efforts to get weapons to the island. This time, the sanctions would affect the United States and Europe more than China, because our economy has become so dependent on their imports. Moreover, a simple blockade by China’s largest navy would make it very dangerous to send weapons to Taiwan and also cut off our main source of semiconductors. If the blockade didn’t stop us, I guess the threat of another nuclear attack would.

Obviously, it’s time to rethink how to react to the next invasion of a friendly democracy!

Richard Krieger, Naples North

Wages affect prices

As my short-term memory reminds me, we consumers usually buy at the best price. How can it be cheaper to have a product made overseas and shipped than to buy one made in the United States?

Answer: wages. So many companies have gone overseas that now we are catching up to get the products, medicines and parts that we regularly need. So be prepared and warned. Some may call it inflation; some may make it political. Let me say that paying $20 an hour instead of 20 cents an hour is likely to increase the prices we pay.

Richard Stein, Bonita Springs

Equal pay legislation will not help

In Sunday’s paper, Charlotte Burrows, chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, wrote in part, “Full-time working women in the United States earn an average of 83 cents a week for each dollar paid to men”. At first glance, this is very disturbing, but it is a simple and broad statistic that allows one to deeply examine the reasons for the difference. Nor does it provide an answer to the question of whether men and women receive equal pay for equal work.

There are a number of factors that determine compensation, including number of hours worked, occupations and industries, education, experience and seniority. Look at these factors and the answers become clearer.

I’ve spent my entire 40-year professional career in human resources. I have dealt with several compensation and pension schemes and have ensured that all are fair in their application to men and women. Are compensation schemes and pension schemes discriminatory on the basis of gender? Are they designed to favor men over women? Of course not! Pension plans and 401k plans have formulas that apply to all participants. Compensation plans consider the same factors for men and women when adjusting compensation.

Equal Pay Day fell on March 15. They would ask companies to provide rigid pay scales and one-size-fits-all plans that don’t meet the needs of many working women (and men). I’m not saying wage discrimination doesn’t exist, but people who are discriminated against have the law and the free market that penalizes employers who discriminate against them.

Nick BlauwiekelNaples

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