Photojournalist's career is worthy of a movie

Regarding “The News behind ‘The Post,’” about retired CBS cameraman David Marlin (Herald-Tribune, Feb. 7): an excellent story about an excellent photojournalist.

As a CBS News correspondent I covered many stories with Dave and I know, firsthand, the quality of his camera work and judgment.

Now that “The Post” is in movie theaters, it’s time for Hollywood to do a film about Dave’s extraordinary career!

Morton Dean, North Chatham, Mass.

Prescription drug ads help companies regain investment

This is to rebut the letter in Monday’s paper that prescription drug ads “should be banned and the money spent to lowering the price of these drugs."

First, prescription drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration as being safe and effective and, as such, the manufacturer has a legal right to advertise them in accordance with FDA regulations.

Second, the twofold purpose of these ads is (1) to get diagnosed patients to discuss the advertised drug with their doctor, and (2) to motivate current users of the drug to continue usage according to the directions so that the drug can do its work.

It costs billions of dollars in research to bring a new drug to market. There's only a limited time for the manufacturer to achieve a return on this investment before the branded drug goes off patent and generics will largely replace it.

Hence, advertising can help the uptake of the new drug so that a return on investment can be achieved and invested in the discovery of new drugs. We all benefit from these discoveries, which are not made by generic drug companies.

The more correct usage of a drug, the more likely the price will not be increased and manufacturers can help patients who need financial help obtain the drug.

Advertising is a preferable way to market, rather than taking doctors on boondoggles, which pharmaceutical companies did for many years. They are obliged to promote their products one way or another.

Jay Davis, Sarasota

Dredging plus restoring beach
is a win-win for community

The Herald-Tribune's timely "Coastal towns turn to dredging” (Feb.12) reveals how Siesta Key residents' opposition to saving Lido Beach is misguided.

The article details how, from Cape Cod to Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific Coast, foresighted thinking is solving two problems simultaneously: damaged beaches and clogged inlets. Officials and coastal experts have dredged inlets clogged with beach sand to restore beaches damaged by erosion or storms while opening inlets for safer navigation.

If dredging inlets really caused the sky to fall, would all these communities be doing what they do?

Let's get real! Dredging combined with beach salvation can be a win-win for an entire community.

Unlike residents of these other communities, opponents of dredging Big Pass have doubled down on a tunnel-vision approach reduced to NIMBY — not in my backyard, period. They are apparently willing to self-inflict more amusement-park congestion onto Siesta Key once Lido Beach is gone. They assume they must lose if Lido Beach wins.

In a Wall Street Journal article titled "A Florida Beach Vacation with Snob Appeal (Jan. 18)," the author says the best way to understand his Sarasota affection is: "Head for Lido Beach." If Big Pass naysayers have their way, there will be nothing for travel writers to head for.

Lido Beach is dying. If it dies, look south from Lido Beach for the cause.

Michael J. Polelle, Sarasota

Americans' ancestors were once dreamers

I just watched a TV commercial encouraging people to explore their background using a sample blood test for DNA.

My youngest son did this several years ago. He found that his mom, my wife, had, in addition to everything else, a North African ancestral background. In my case, Neanderthal was among my North European ancestry.

We laughed at this because we knew that we're Americans to the core. Our immigrant ancestors came to find a better life and they did. We're the result of those who have gone before and we are both professionals. Our children followed in our path and both are contributing professionals as well.

Dreamers in sanctuary cities and states came with their parents who illegally entered America. They are not to blame for their parents' illegal entry. Some, as adults, have joined the military and fought for America. A tiny percentage of this immigrant group are criminals.

Politicians are trying to paint an entire group of people with the same brush stating, on their watch, there will be no sanctuary cities. They shouldn't be elected!

Donald Trump also needs to do something else. He's not leading this country successfully. Trump and his associates are bigots and should be fired!

James Aumac, Venice