Letters to the editor for Sunday, May 23, 2021

Protect yourself from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being.

Editorial cartoon.

Stop urbanizing beaches

Beaches crowded, lines being drawn in the sand, noted your article of May 12. Condos on Gulf Shore Drive are putting up cones, hiring guards to protect their beachfronts. Even customers of the Ritz have to wait for an unoccupied chair on the beach. Clueless Commissioner Solis thinks this is due to coronavirus. “People want more space,” he says. The last time this happened was when Moraya was built on Gulf Shore Drive and other owners wanted to protect their beachfront from being used by these new residents. Before the commissioners keep voting in more beach development maybe they need to listen to the people who already use the beach and who tell them the beach can only hold so many people. Building bigger condos is not the answer. Stop urbanizing our beaches and harming the environment, affecting the quality of life of the current residents and creating neighborhoods of people who need to defend their rights. Is this what we want for our future? I think not!

Elizabeth Pircio, Naples

Cyber warfare the new threat

Re: The cartoon printed on Monday, May 17. The cartoon makes the same claim that I have propounded for some time. That is, “Traditional warfare, especially nuclear (Hiroshima?) is a thing of the past!” Today, nations like the USA, Russia, China, etc. are working feverishly 24/7 to develop cyber methods of both attack and defense that only require a touch of a few buttons to attack or defend. Imagine the following scenario. A hostile nation cracks the USA cyber defenses, and as a warning is able to penetrate the NYC total electrical system and shut down the entire city in a flash.