Volume 6 Issue 7_Sun Bay Paper

From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume. 6 Issue No.7 On Vacation? Take us home with you! Read our digital Flipbook version at www.SunBayPaper.com Everybody Is Asking The Same Question What Happens If There’s No Clear Winner? Oct. 30, 2020 - Nov. 12, 2020 There has been a lot of banter from both presi- dential candidates about a potentially rigged or stolen election, and many on both sides of the aisle predict a lengthy legal battle over the presidency. President Trump has warned that the outcome could be in dispute for “months and months” or “for years” due to mail in ballot fraud. So instead of dwelling in speculation..... let’s run through the realities of an inconclusive presiden- tial election. First of all, it’s Con- gress, not the courts, that certify the results of a presi- dential election. Each state chooses its electors and those electors’ votes are transmitted by the state elec- tions boss, usually a secre- tary of state, to the Senate. On January 6, 2021 a joint session of the next Congress will meet to ratify the electoral findings and declare the candidate that has won a majority of the vote..... getting 270 votes or more, the president of the United States. One scenario is that not all the states would have their results by then or, what Trump and Biden have both suggested, is that the results may be rigged or disputed. Now that’s where things could get very interesting. The courts have their own place in this, but that happens long before Con- gress gets to act. State elec- tions officials have to certify their electors On a clear late-Octo- ber day, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott and sev- eral of his deputies are stand- ing at a high point on the San Diego County side of the bor- der with Mexico next to a 30- foot-high slotted steel fence that didn’t exist three years ago. The rust-colored barrier, the northern part of the new dual-fence system that makes up President Donald Trump’s signature “border wall,” dives down the hill, and curves left- ward before carving a straight line toward the sea. Scott, who spent most of his career here, ending as chief of the San Diego sector before heading to Washington to lead the agency, recalls how Border Patrol agents’ jobs have changed from the height of il- legal immigrant crossings in the late 1980s When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440, the era of mass communication was born. By the 19th cen- tury, when steam-powered presses were introduced, the mass printing of newspa- pers, magazines and books overwhelmed the world with information. This gave people a plethora of infor- mation and sources to ob- tain knowledge and learn about past and current events. For centuries, news reporting has been hard to verify. Bad reporting started wars, tainted elections, cre- ated social chaos, and ru- ined lives. When Hurst and Pulitzer chose political al- lies, they made newspapers political machines. By 1900, yellow dog reporters turned reliable and honorable news sources into political scan- dal sheets. The Washington Post was the first to initiate fact checking in the 1980s. But verifying facts did not boom until the internet ap- peared. The first fact check- ers were Snopes in 1994 and Spinsanity in 2003. Then FactCheck.org and Politi- Fact followed. According to Reporters’ Lab, there are 188 recognized international fact checkers in more than 60 countries. They counted 50 in the U.S. The election of Barack Obama proved once the media chooses sides, it shows how dysfunctional fact checkers are. This was immediately evident as lib- eral social media websites were populated with propa- ganda and postings defend- ing Obama’s puzzled past. When facts were revealed about his concerning rela- tionships with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, fact checkers went underground. The Select Commit- tee’s investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack re- vealed a morbid account of dereliction of duty by the president and Hillary Clin- ton. After months of jihadist attacks on U.S. targets, they had no plan to extract Amer- icans from Benghazi and five people were killed. Since this occurred 56 days before the 2012 election, it was ignored by the media and fact checkers. To this day, numerous facts about Benghazi were never re- vealed and we’ll never know the true facts. The presidential election of 2016 revealed how unreliable this new era of fact check- Cont. pg 13 Election Will Determine Border Wall's Fate, Trump's Legacy Checking the Fact Checkers Cont. pg 5 The Fort Myers Beach Town Council met in its regular bi-monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Mon- day, October 19, 2020. Several Lee County proj- ects were discussed as well as Town parks projects. Related to the Matanzas Pass Bridge base project, officials from Lee County briefed Town Councilors on traffic, street, intersec- tion, and landscape early planning for projects ex- pected to begin in 2022. Preliminary project plans from Florida Depart- ment of Transportation (FDOT) are expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2021, which will be fol- lowed by public hearings and bids for contractors. Also at Monday’s meeting, Town Councilors discussed whether to hold the annual fireworks dis- play on New Year’s Eve due to the COVID-19 pan- demic. Town Councilors considered information about cost and logistics ob- tained from the fireworks vendor and the FMB Fire District. This information involved the possibility of launching fireworks from a barge in the Gulf so that crowds could social dis- tance on the seven miles of beach instead of jamming into Times Square. The ad- ditional $25,000 cost of this option was deemed prohibi- tive. Councilors set a $15,000 cap for the barge option, or the Town will pay $4,000-plus for the vendor to store the fire- works to be used at a later date. In other business, Town Councilors received updates from the firm DRMP, Inc., which was contracted several months ago to design improve- ments to FM Beach Town Council Meeting Focused On Times Square, Parks, Fireworks Cont. pg 15 Cont. pg 8 President Donald Trump & former Vice President Joe Biden