Election fraud facts on golf course?
It seems most people in the USA think Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. This includes a good number of courts, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, that have thrown out his filings of election fraud.
One even had the audacity to state that facts of said fraud or corruption were required. Idle gossip lost again. So sad.
So what has our loser been doing since the election? According to various sources, he has visited Trump National Golf Course in Virginia nine times and played a “confirmed round” on six of those occasions. That’s nine times in three weeks. When has he had time for “presidenting”? There’s a pandemic going on, as well as usual domestic and international affairs. Oh, and I forgot about those court filings.
I agree golf is important to one’s health; I played. But I remember a quote he made back in 2016. I paraphrase, but the subject is valid. He said, “If I win, I may never see my property. I may never see these places again. But because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me. Believe me, folks.”
And nearly 300 visits later …
Raymond Brooks, Fort Myers area
Editor’s note: Trump has gone to one of his golf courses 300 times since becoming president, according to Newsweek, citing CNN. An independent website, Trump Golf Count, has tallied his visits to his courses at 292 since his inauguration in January 2017, with evidence of playing golf on at least 146 of those visits, as of Saturday, Nov. 28. The Daily Beast website reported, with photos, that the president has spent part of at least nine days at his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia since Nov. 3.
‘Keep us safe’ — vote for mask order
I am hoping for a Naples mask mandate vote (Thursday, Dec. 3), when our City Council will consider voting on the most important issue they likely ever will have before them. Their vote could affect the health, safety and even the very lives of residents and visitors, as well as the economic health of our beautiful city.
This is a public health issue that has become a political one, and it should not be that way. I hope the council members will follow the science so people can feel safe being in businesses and areas south of Pine Ridge Road.
While people irrationally want to protect their rights, they are violating their responsibility to not harm others. Non-maskers exercising their freedom and their individual rights are recklessly stepping on the rights of others and their civic responsibility.
This vote (at a meeting scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.) is about our responsibility to one another by not intentionally harming and even killing someone by selfishness and recklessness. Hopefully, the council will keep us safe!
Judith Belmont, Naples
Thanks to ‘reality-based governor’
Thank you, Gov. DeSantis, for allowing Florida residents to use their personal responsibility to make decisions for themselves. I am so grateful our governor doesn’t feel the need to try to control our behavior with mandates.
Gov. DeSantis allows businesses to decide how to keep customers and workers healthy. How refreshing for our state to be spared the draconian measures taken by other governors to try to control so many aspects of residents’ lives.
We do appreciate having a reality-based governor.
Susan Mack, Cape Coral
Toll roads would be ‘boondoggle’
The state’s next big boondoggle, M-CORES, (remains under consideration) in spite of growing opposition, insufficient research, lack of funding, and imminent harm to Florida’s fish, wildlife, water and land.
The proposal to build 330 miles of toll roads from one end of the state to the other came from (state) lawmakers. The Florida Department of Transportation has independently cited no need for them but continues (planning for them). The roads would cost billions and irreparably change Florida. A few large landowners who are pushing these toll roads would benefit from them, making millions to urbanize Florida’s last undeveloped places.
Cornell Consulting recently released a report countering every one of the proposed benefits of M-CORES. For example, one claim is the roads would bring broadband to rural communities, when broadband can be provided now at a lower cost than proposed with M-CORES.
Cornell Consulting determined the toll roads were a “financially risky project” and not economically feasible. Further, funding meant for existing roadway projects would be redirected to M-CORES.
The Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research reported there will be a $2.7 billion shortfall next year, plus billions short in the following years. This will result in cuts to schools, health care and social programs, plus more taxes. But the toll roads still are (being considered). This doesn’t make sense and isn’t responsible.
Carol Pratt, Golden Gate Estates
Editor’s note: M-CORES stands for Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, a program “to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology, enhancing the quality of life and public safety,” according to FDOT.