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Saturday, 03 September 2016 08:45

Letters To The Editor

Hello Sun Bay Letters Editor.
I found this opinion piece that sheds some interesting light on the alternative
darling of the Democratic Party - Bernie Saunders. I am hoping you
will reprint it...................
No, Bernie Sanders is not a sellout — but it is pretty amusing that the nation’s
most prominent socialist just bought a third home.
There are no grounds for suspicion: Bernie is a kook, not a crook. It
seems an inheritance for wife Jane allowed the Sanders family to buy a
$600,000 summer house in North Hero, Vt., an area they’ve long loved.
The four-bedroom crib faces 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront; the
couple will use it mainly in the summer, spending most of their time at
their Capitol Hill rowhouse and another home in New North End, Vt.
The Sanders’ income from the Senate, Social Security and various small
investments is a bit over $200,000, enough to put them in the top 4 percent
— still safely out of 1 percent territory. Estimates of their wealth had
been around $500,000 before Jane’s windfall.
Call it the result of a life of modest living, albeit in decades on the government
payroll: It’s still proof that even a fervid socialist can do OK in a
nation he insists is dominated by the super-rich.
For all that his own success belies his political views, here’s hoping
Sanders enjoys the beach.
Ed Note: Thank you. Interesting submission. We have identified it as New York
Post editorial board piece. It is insightful.
The front page Sun Bay paper of Aug. 10 appeared to have a news article
about Clean Water, but after subjecting myself to the lengthy read, it
turned out to be more of a letter to the Editor, written by a former Beach
newspaper owner, Carl Conley. It appears on pg. 13 that Mr. Conley still
holds some personal animosity toward the incumbent commissioner,
Larry Kiker, whose name was even misspelled on his front page picture.
The entire article makes slanderous allegations against Commissioner
Kiker but is short on offering factual proofs. The exaltation of Kiker’s
opponent, Dick Anderson, (also spelled “Andersen” throughout Mr. Conley’s
letter) likewise fails to list credentials showing him to be qualified
to handle the many and varied responsibilities of the office of County
Commissioner, such as budget preparation experience. Perhaps you don’t
care about the quality of material you print with soybean oil and recycled
paper, but the people deserve better news based on facts and not political
opinion starting on the front page of a “news” paper!
Sincerely, Leon Moyer.
Ed. Note: Thank you for you letter. We appreciate all replies to material featured
in The Sun Bay Paper. We could like to note that Mr. Anderson has years of experience
working in government including writing comprehensive provisions for Lee
Country that helped maintain our environment. That information appeared in an
earlier Sun Bay article, We also note that Mr. Kiker, who is well known to this
newspaper, was a boat captain before entering the political arena and cannot boast
of the "budget preparation experience" you tout. Furthermore, Mr. Conley - who
was indeed the founder, Editor and Publisher of the Island Sand Paper for over ten
years not only knows Commissioner Kiker personally but actually endorsed him
during his first attempt to win public office as a beach councilman. Mr. Kiker
sought Mr. Conley's endorsement at the time and did go on to win the election.
Conley supported Kiker until Kiker's policies made in impossible for the Editor to
do so. In the last election - and a pattern being repeated in this one - Kiker is
backed by considerable money funneled to his benefit by Big Sugar and others
bent on using public resources at taxpayer expense both in terms of fiscal responsibility
and environmental stewardship. Kiker is very pro-development and has
been embroiled in controversy since becoming Commissioner. Many on the Beach
remember his opposition to our Beach Library and his submission to the proposed
development of Grand Resorts which fortunately was stopped by a concerted effort
of informed Beach residents. Many are attracted to power and Kiker holds
some of the reins at this time but that does not make good policy nor make those

Published in Letters To The Editor

A new investigation by the
Daily Express has found that the
massive Rotherham child sex exploitation
ring whose discovery
rocked England two years ago is
not only still in operation, but is as
strong as ever. Reports from social
workers, police, residents, and
abuse victims all said the same
thing: It’s still happening on an
“industrial scale.”
In 2014, an independent inquiry
led by Alexis Jay, a former
senior social worker, found that
men of Pakistani origin had
groomed at least 1,400 young girls
for sexual exploitation over the
previous 16 years. These girls, as
young as 12, were variously raped,
abducted, tortured, and forced into
prostitution. Keep in
mind, this happened—and is still
happening—in the heart of England,
not some far-flung banana republic.
The report, known as the
Jay Report, found “blatant” failure
by city officials and police who
didn’t prosecute the well-known
and well-documented crime ring
out of fear of being accused of
racism. So they hushed it up, ignored
it, and blamed the victims
It now appears that, two
years and millions of pounds later,
little has been done to eradicate the
predatory operation. Despite a follow-
up report published earlier this
year claiming that the sexual exploitation
was being addressed
“adequately” and that previous
failures were “isolated” events,
people the Daily Express interviewed
paint a very different picture.
Sex Trafficking Rings Across
A former social worker
who works with the victims said
there has been a slight improvement
in the city but that the scale
of the sexual exploitation is still on
an “industrial” level. A lawyer who
has represented dozens of the
young girls involved added that
there are now half a dozen “splinter
groups” in the town grooming
under-aged girls.
This same lawyer is convinced
that similar abuse is going
on in towns across England, and
that local police aren’t taking parents
seriously, just they didn’t in
Rotherham for years. This is corroborated
by reports that authorities
have arrested or prosecuted
men, mainly of Pakistani origin,
operating similar sex rings in 11
towns in England.
This new development
raises a number of concerns, one of
which is whether authorities continue
their inaction from fear of
being accused of racism for going
after these groups of predominately
Pakistani men. One
victim who was interviewed by the
Daily Express said she knew several
other girls who had gone to the
police and were told they were
being racist.
More Important: Ending Rape
or Ending Whining?
It wouldn’t be surprising if
this fear were still motivating officials.
In 2015, the group British
Muslim Youth called on Muslims
in Rotherham to cut ties with the
police because, they claimed, all
Muslims were being painted with
the same brush. The Muslim community
would “boycott” Muslims
who didn’t join with them. According
to the BMY, Islamaphobia had
risen to “unprecedented levels”
after the Jay report was published
in 2014, and Muslims were being
It’s entirely possible that
Muslims in general took some unfair
heat after a scandal like this.
But that doesn’t mean the government
and police don’t have a
solemn responsibility to speak
plainly about and take seriously allegations
of criminal activity, regardless
of the suspects’ profile.
This line of reasoning always
creeps up when criticism of
Muslims or Islam arises. Try to
talk about the dangers of Islamism
and its clear link to terrorism, or
the consequences of mass Muslim
immigration, and one is liable to be
branded a bigot and told one’s
making the problem worse by encouraging
a backlash against the
Muslim community.
The London Times, which
first broke the story of one of the
victims and her abusers in 2013,
was subsequently accused of being
racist because it impli-

cated Pakistani men in the scandal.
This confirmed the fears of some
Rotherham officials that many
would not welcome prosecutions
and arrests of Pakistanis.
These kinds of overreactions from
Muslim activists are exactly what
scares police and government officials,
discouraging them from investigating
and prosecuting crimes
committed by their Muslim immigrant
This Is a Widespread Problem
It isn’t just happening in
Britain. The same phenomenon can
be seen across the European continent.
German officials repeatedly
tried to cover up the mass sexual
assaults that occurred on New
Year’s Eve in cities across the
country. First, they tried to keep
what had happened out of the
news, then insisted it had nothing
to do with migrants or men from
Muslim-majority countries. When
it finally came out that the attackers
were, in fact, predominately
from the Middle East and North
Africa, German officials tried to
downplay the extent of the attacks.
To the German government’s chagrin,
news broke just last month
that there were many more assaults
than previously thought—more
than 1,200 victims and more than
2,000 attackers.
We can get an insight into
the motivations behind these kinds
of official cover-ups by looking at
a less well-known example. In January,
a left-wing German politician
was raped in a playground by three
men speaking Arabic or Farsi.
When she reported the crime to the
police, she lied and said the men
were speaking German.
Twelve hours later she went back
and told the truth, claiming she
hadn’t wanted to create “more hatred
against migrants in Germany.”
In all these cases, the truth
didn’t conform with the official
narrative about Muslim immigration:
that everything’s going swimmingly.
In reality, the
unwillingness of the government,
politicians, and police to confront
crime committed by the Muslim
immigrant population is a sign that
Europe has a deep and troubling
integration crisis on its hands. Europe
can’t integrate immigrants if it
doesn’t hold them to the same standards
as the native European population.
Equality Under the Law Matters
There are ominous signs
this failure of integration is being
transferred to the younger generation
of immigrants. In the Rotherham
case, it appears that it’s no
longer just older Pakistani men
who are targeting these young
girls. It’s now also the girls’ peers.
If European law enforcement
agencies give immigrants
from Muslim countries special
treatment, the consequences on all
fronts will only be harmful. It will
fuel far-right groups, allow crime
to go unchecked, and create more
strife between Muslims and non-
Muslims. It also infantilizes Muslim
communities by treating them
as too fragile to be held to the social
and legal expectations of their
new home.
This failure of integration
has been going on for decades and
is now reaching a fevered pitch.
Europe sowed these seeds of discord
long ago and now it’s seeing
the fruits. Many immigrants and
their families have done just fine in
Europe. But as we’re seeing almost
weekly, many have not.
Rotherham is a particular
disgrace because it shows that once
again multiculturalism trumps
everything, including the safety of
young girls. The shocking revelations
about Rotherham two years
ago should have resulted in a final
repudiation of European political
correctness. Sadly, it didn’t.
And some of England’s most vulnerable
residents are paying the
M.C. Oprea
A writer based in Austin, Texas.
She holds a PhD in
French linguistics from the
University of Texas at Austin.


Published in Environment
Saturday, 03 September 2016 08:13

Airman Perseveres to Compete in Ultramarathons

Fla., - Inspiration for the modern
marathon, a 26.2-mile race, stems
from military origins. Legend tells
of a Greek soldier who ran from
Marathon to Athens to deliver
news of the defeated Persian army.
More than two millennia later, one
airman is writing his own story.
Air Force Master Sgt.
Michael Dupertuis, the aircrew
flight equipment superintendent for
the 6th Operations Support
Squadron here, is part of a select
group of athletes driven to compete
in the sport of ultramarathon running.
An ultramarathon is any race
that is longer than the traditional
marathon length of 26.2 miles; typically,
they run between 30 to 100
Though he tackles the distance
now, Dupertuis never
planned to become a serious runner,
let alone an ultramarathon athlete.
“The Big D Marathon in
Dallas, Texas, was eye-opening.
By about mile 18 my body started
breaking down,” Dupertuis said,
recalling how unforgiving the
pavement had been.
After he completed his first
traditional street marathon, Dupertuis
said he never intended to continue
running. But he did.
His interest in running
began while stationed at Moody
Air Force Base, Georgia, where he
says he was introduced to trail running
during daily physical training.
“I’ve always enjoyed being
outside and running in the woods,”
Dupertuis said. “It’s quieter, less
crowded and lets me enjoy the
wildlife and terrain around me.”
First Ultramarathon
Dupertuis said he continued
trail running after he changed duty
stations. The more he ran, he said,
the more he enjoyed the sport.
With the support of a nearby trail
running community and his family,
Dupertuis attempted his first ultramarathon.
“I started running ultramarathons
because I wanted to prove
to myself and others that I could,”
Dupertuis said. “I had already run a
marathon, and I figured that 50
kilometers wasn’t much further.”
But, he said, his first ultramarathon,
a 50-kilometer event,
started off on the wrong foot -- a
failure he believes to be the result
of inadequate preparation.
“I was going back out to do
the last eight miles and I tripped;
caught my toe and my legs
cramped up,” he said. “Everything
cramped up and I was exhausted. I
pushed through because my wife
and kids were going to be at the
finish line. I wanted to show my
kids that if you push, you can finish
anything you start.”
Longer Races
Dupertuis explained it took
him three-and-a-half hours to finish
the last eight miles of the race.
However, despite his defeat, he
was determined to try again. To
date, Dupertuis has logged two ultramarathons
and many shorter
long-distance races. His longest
run so far is a 100-kilometer ultramarathon.
“I found the 100K because
I was looking for a 50-mile race,”
Dupertuis said.
Dupertuis explained that
the race website advertised a medal
for everyone that finished, but
something more attractive caught
his eye.
“Those who completed the
100K would get a big ole’ belt
buckle, and being me, I decided to
run 12 more miles,” he said.
Dupertuis explained that
except for a brief period of doubt
around mile 30, his 100K performance
significantly improved from
his first ultramarathon.
“I felt good the whole time; I was
just enjoying it,” Dupertuis said.
“The last 16 miles were nothing
but rain and I loved it. Running in
the dark with only a headlamp,
slopping through the mud, made
me feel like a kid again.”
Extensive Conditioning
Dupertuis said his accomplishments
are largely the result of
extensive conditioning, which he
said is key to completing an ultramarathon.
“During the week, I run
twice a day and cross-train with
weights,” Dupertuis said. “On the
weekends, I do a pace run on Saturday
and a long run on Sunday.
The idea is to run on tired legs so
your body is used to it during a
For new runners, the feat of
an ultramarathon may seem out of
reach, but Dupertuis encourages
others to start small by building a
strong base and gradually adding
distance as he did.
“I didn’t start running until
Master Sgt. Dupertuis introduced
me to trail running two years ago,”
said Peter Raspitzi, a friend and
neighbor. “Running up and down
the hills was difficult at first, but
now I train about once a week with
Raspitzi explained that although
he has completed a few
short-distance races, he plans to
leave ultramarathon running to his
neighbor, who he describes as exceptionally
“I think his drive and determination
are what make him so
successful,” Raspitzi said. “I told
him he was out of his mind to run
an ultramarathon, but he was determined
to prove that he could.
When he puts his mind to something,
he does it.”
Alannah Don
6th Air Mobility Wing

Published in General/Features

Uber Technologies Inc. may come
out ahead by failing to win court

Published in Lifestyle

You might expect a disease
that can kill 95 percent of its victims
would be on everyone’s radar.
But in the case of visceral leishmaniasis,
that’s not the case.
Known as Black Fever, the
affliction remains on the World
Health Organization’s list of neglected
tropical diseases. Why?
Well, because it affects “the
poorest of the poor,” said David
Poché, director of field research at
Genesis Laboratories. Transmitted
by adult sand flies that bite cattle
and whose larvae feed on their
feces, it affects 400,000 people
every year and, even with available
treatment, still kills as many as
30,000. (Malaria, by comparison,
was contracted by 214 million people
last year, killing 438,000.)
More than 90 percent of
new VL cases occur in India,
Brazil, Bangladesh, Ethiopia,
South Sudan, and Sudan, but Poché
said the disease is spreading. VL
and other forms of leishmaniasis
are “subtle diseases” that kill untreated
individuals slowly—sometimes
over the course of multiple
years—meaning there’s still “not a
perception of urgency” among infected
individuals and the medical
community, said Mark Wiser, a
professor in Tulane University’s
department of tropical medicine.
Estimating the growth of
VL and other forms of leishmaniasis
is challenging because of its
slow-burn progression as a disease,
as well as its rapid appearance in
specific locations, Wiser said. Although
mortality has decreased in
some areas, recent conflicts in the
Middle East and an increase in
Syrian refugees caused spikes elsewhere.
Poché worked with colleagues
from Texas A&M’s department
of wildlife and fisheries
sciences to study how the insecticide
fipronil can be used to kill the
sand flies that spread VL. Their
findings, published on Thursday in
the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical
Diseases, showed that when
used on cattle, single annual

fipronil treatments could reduce
sand fly populations by more than
90 percent. Using a model, the researchers
showed that monthly
treatments could eradicate the flies
within two years. Their work was
funded by the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation.
Because of the lack of information
about the proportion of sand flies
that feed on cattle, and the proportion
of eggs laid in cattle feces,
they had to use a probabilistic
model to study the potential impact
of the insecticide. In their simulations,
they found that the timing of
insecticide application as it related
to the sand fly life cycle was also
important. Sufficient planning
would be needed to apply the insecticide
at the right time to avoid
the compliance issues that prevent
drugs from being effective. The researchers
hope to start a field trial
to gather more data about how
fipronil could limit sand fly populations.
Unfortunately for those affected by
the disease, which causes fever,
weight loss, and anemia, frequent
insecticide treatment of cattle that
live in close proximity might be
too costly.
A drug to treat VL, miltefosine,
was approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration in
2014 and is available at little or no
cost in India—specifically Bihar,
which has a vast majority of that
country’s VL cases, Wiser said.
(The insecticide study’s model was
based on Bihar.) But Poché noted
that in Bihar, one of the poorest
areas in India, testing is costly.
Transportation is an additional barrier,
as is the fact that drugs like
miltefosine have to be taken for 45
to 60 days, said Rajesh Garlapati,
senior vector ecologist at Genesis
Once fever goes down, “people
neglect to take the whole course of
treatment. They act as reservoirs
and spread disease,” Garlapati said.
Other leishmaniasis drugs come
with toxic side effects, and the
prospect of developing a more
practical treatment is unlikely,
Wiser said. He contends there is little
incentive for pharmaceutical
companies to invest in the necessary
“Rich people get cancer, so
developing an anti-cancer drug,
you know people can afford to buy
it. If it’s a disease that only poor
people get, it’s a little bit different
story,” he said. “Drug companies
aren’t particularly interested because
the people with the disease
don’t have a lot of money, so they
can’t make a profit on these

Published in General/Features

As some of you may have
heard, we will be closing Town 
and Country Liquors after 27
years on Ft. Myers Beach. Our
lease in set to expire at the end of
October of this year. It will not be
renewed. Many things have
changed both on and off the island
over the years that have influenced
our decision to end this chapter of
our lives and start a new one. We
have been blessed to serve the residents
and visitors of Ft. Myers
Beach for so long. Your loyalty is
how we managed to survive 27
years. You are the reason for our
success and we can't thank you
enough. We have built many
friendships since our beginning
here back in 1989 and it will be
hard to leave all of you. We will
still be here for you at least
through September as we discount
and liquidate our inventory and we
would appreciate your continued
support. Stop in and take advantage
of our discounted prices. We
wish everyone on this beach the
best over the coming years.
Thank you

Published in Business

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