More Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note:  The Charlotte Sun reaches over 30,000 residents, about 20% of our county’s population, across all political persuasions via its various local editions.  Many Charlotte County Democrats have taken to expressing their opinion by submitting 250 words or less as Letters to the Editor.  Below are two more recent examples. Join them by submitting your opinion via this template. Read more letters to the editor by clicking here and here.

GOP policy: Trump good, Biden bad (April 19, 2021)

Editor: We can repair our Democracy!

When we hear from Republicans that the 2020 election was stolen or that Antifa was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection, we need to remind ourselves that these lies are believed by a relatively small universe of people. The notion that Republicans can win elections by turning out the MAGA base alone just doesn’t pan out.

The Democratic Party opens its arms to disaffected Republicans and Independents who are fleeing the MAGA-saturated GOP. The Democratic Party demonstrates that it cares about people by working to end this pandemic and the recession, passing infrastructure legislation, offering economic help to struggling households, and providing aid to education and families with children. Democrats believe we must overcome an unprecedented economic imbalance and that it is each state’s duty to protect liberty and social justice.

The right to make one’s voice heard is a fundamental tenet of our democracy. Efforts to undermine that right are occurring in Tallahassee — they cannot go unchallenged. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, Republicans who will oppose laws to disenfranchise Democrats at the polls or hinder their right to free speech. This is a damning indictment of the party once led by freedom fighters like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Because today’s GOP platform is: Trump good, Biden bad, we can no longer live in a democracy under Republican rule. Help protect Democracy — join the Democratic Party.

Linda DeMeritt

Port Charlotte

We owe it to founders to secure the vote (April 26, 2021)

Editor: Many white folks my age can think back and remember how easily the “N” word, and similar racial epitaphs, were used in casual conversation around the dinner table or at family events. People we loved and admired openly denigrated human beings based on their skin color or country of origin. At the time, we may have thought nothing of it.

In recent years, however, most of us were grateful at the shift in how unacceptable and demeaning such language and sentiments were. That is, until Donald Trump strolled down the escalator to announce the racist platform of his presidential candidacy and introduced us to a new level of level of hateful rhetoric which must again be purged.

Many of our courageous American founders who wrote our Constitution and Declaration of Independence owned human property, while at the same time declaring “all men are created equal.” At some level, these leaders must have recognized the gap between what civilized humans aspire to versus their daily actions.

That we, as a country, are striving yet again to move toward a more perfect union should not surprise us.

We white people are so fortunate and have so many advantages, that we don’t even notice them. It’s long past time we pay attention.

Let the white supremacists rant and rave. We will look past their histrionics while we make sure voting is accessible and secure so that all voices are heard. We can pay no better tribute to our founders.

Francis Dance