Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 15, 2022

‘Hey, I’m not your enemy’

The title of this letter is to express my concern to Trump supporters and registered Republicans.

I am a political independent with a centre-left stance. I voted for Bush and Reagan at the presidential level and for the GOP in various offices in the state. I will always have policy differences with both sides on some issues. My opposition to Donald J. Trump is based on his character and his blatant disregard for the health of our democracy. My concern with the current Republican Party is based on its willingness to allow Trump continued strong influence over its positions. In short, he seems to be holding the party hostage.

Now these are our differences. We disagree on these issues, but we should be open to discuss and express our differences without treating each other as enemies. We all know who our real enemies are from watching the Russian horror show in Ukraine. Putin’s Russia is now turning its citizens against each other, encouraging them to speak out against any fellow Russian who speaks out against their war. It is a dictator trait similar to Stalin and Hitler.

Only a dictator would want to pit citizens against each other as enemies, so let’s disagree as fellow Americans, not as enemies.

James Keough, Cape Coral

Misplaced blame for inflation

Subject: An April 14 letter to the editor.

Is President Biden also responsible for inflation in Brazil (10.6% 2021) and Germany (7.3% March 2022)?

Maybe our current inflation rate has something to do with Trump’s $7.8 trillion increase in national debt, which primed the inflation pump.

A $7.8 trillion deficit is a big number, I am told; and the third largest relative to the size of the economy in US history.

That would be $23,500 in new federal debt for every person in the country.

As my finance professor in a “well-known company in the East” said: “Once in a while you have to look at the numbers”!

The author of the letter would be well advised to review his figures.

Wright B. George, Fort Myers

Stepping on Putin

Like everyone else, I am horrified by Putin’s actions and inhumanity to his fellow man. I have already donated money to help Ukraine. But I knew I had to do more. And then, out of the blue, I found my answer by buying doormats online. I ordered a “Wipe your feet here” with Putin’s face on it.

So every time I walk in and out of my house, I step on his face. It will make me feel a little better.

Marie Rotunda, Naples

Cooperate and drop the ugly rhetoric

I keep reading the same nonsense on the mail, that Joe Biden is the only person responsible for the worrying inflation in our country and because he didn’t intervene in Ukraine as soon as these misinformed writers think he would have of. Really?

Again, if we just stop listening to scripts that work on Fox, most of which are factless, and just do our own independent research to find what is actually the truth, we’ll be a better republic for it.

Joe Biden did not cause this inflation. It was anticipated several years ago, as part of a painful cycle, and most of the world is also experiencing the same inflation as we are! To continue to blame Joe Biden for all the ills of this planet is just ridiculous. We are a crooked government these days and BOTH parties are to blame for not coming together to solve some of our major problems. I am ashamed of most of our elected officials!

Mr. Biden also lacks the foresight to figure out which country will be besieged next. We are doing our best to avoid US involvement in another war.

To all the unhappy and infinitely unhappy, I suggest you show up at one of the offices where you think you can make a positive impact! Until then, fire the president and try to find positive solutions, starting from the bottom and working your way up!

We still have “a republic, if only we can keep it!” It all depends on both sides of any aisle cooperating and letting go of ugly rhetoric.

Sarah Wilmarth. Fort Myers

Why gas and oil prices are high

In recent issues of the Naples Daily News, letters have been published by readers accusing the Biden administration of causing high gas and oil prices by ceasing to issue drilling permits on federal lands. These authors seem to misunderstand the situation.

First, only about 10% of oil wells in the United States are drilled on federal land; most wells are drilled on private or state-owned land, so federal government actions are not a major factor in the number of wells drilled. In addition, many drilling permits on federal lands have already been issued and oil companies can legally drill there. In fact, the number of rigs in service as of April 1 is 673, up about 57% from a year ago. Thus, many wells are drilled.

Remember, a few years ago oil was so cheap that drillers were losing money on every barrel produced. Many small businesses went bankrupt. The oil companies have learned the lesson: they don’t intend to produce so much oil that they lose money doing it. Equally important, when the oil companies went bankrupt, the loans from their lenders were not repaid. Thus, banks are now much less willing to lend money to oil companies. If financing is not available, fewer wells will be drilled. Finally, supply chain issues are also affecting oil companies: many drillers have laid off their employees and are struggling to find workers; fracking requires a lot of sand and some sand companies have gone out of business; the massive amounts of pipes required are not readily available. So, for many reasons, oil companies don’t drill a lot of extra wells. All of this can be verified by reading the actual statements of the drillers.

Conclusion: Oil and gasoline prices are expected to remain high for some time, but that’s not the fault of the Biden administration. As we live in a capitalist economic system, the actions of oil companies and their suppliers will determine the price of oil.

CL Ehn, Napoli

Russia is over

No matter how the war in Ukraine is resolved, Russia as we know it is probably over.

While the United States, the European Union and many countries around the world condemn Russia for its unprovoked attack in Ukraine, Russia seems isolated with the exception of China. The question is how far will China go to bail out its ally Russia? This places China in a precarious position. Continuing to align with Russia could well isolate it from the rest of the world economically, hurting its wallet, which is very important. If China intervenes, this war will last a very long time.

It looks like Russia can’t win no matter what. If their war continues, as it has, its army has been engaged in guerrilla warfare with Ukraine for years. This cannot be sustained for very long by Russia. Their continued killing of innocent civilians will be brought to justice. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon enough. As more and more countries issue sanctions against Russia, their economy only suffers. Currently, Russia is in a dire economic situation with greatly reduced oil and gas revenues. It’s only a matter of time because it will only get worse.

Frank Iraggi, Bonita Springs

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