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Not a matter of either/or

January 19, 2011
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor,

The present editor of this publication (unlike his predecessor) has chosen to take a position on island issues through the use of editorials. This is his preogative and I welcome it. This does not mean that I agree with all his positions. To his credit, he welcomes all opinions

The editorial appearing in the Dec. 9 issue included the suggestion that the Lighthouse property might be used for the much-discussed telecommunications tower. Wouldn't that be great? A gleaming metal tower with a flashing red light overpowering our most famous landmark.

The editorial appearing in the Jan. 6 issue presented a detailed summary of the status of the Dunlop Road Shared Use Path project. It included the comment, "Again, bike paths are nice, but not necessary." I assume this statement was made to elicit further comments from readers. Bike paths, next to our beaches, are considered a major attraction for our tourists as well as our residents.

As I understand it, the city has budgeted substantial funds for upgrades and improvements, in addition to the $400,000 for the Dunlop Road improvements. It is not a matter of either/or, as the editorial suggests.

Dale Armstrong




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