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Gov. DeSantis blamed unemployed for application problems. Readers disagree. | Letters

Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.

It’s our fault?

In response to: Gov. DeSantis deflects fault to the jobless | May 16

I applied in March for benefits, but after the claim sat in flux for several weeks it was denied. Then they announcec that if we were denied we should apply again. I had now gone six weeks without income, so I applied again. Again I was denied, this time with an explanation that I did not qualify due to my income. I am a 1099 contractor and although I file and pay taxes just as a worker with a W2 tax for does, I was deemed ineligible.

My business is able to open back up this week, so I will have revenue again. The seven weeks without? Well, too bad. Apparently, in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mind,I am not smart enough to receive the money offered by the federal government. Apparently, in his mind, nine out of 10 of us are not. That rationale makes more sense to him than the $110 million spent on the site that is not working correctly.

Tamara Taylor, Tampa

Failing the empathy test

In response to: Gov. DeSantis deflects fault to the jobless | May 16

Gov. Ron DeSantis tests negative for empathy. The badly broken and glitch-positive unemployment system will not allow you to proceed to the next page of the application without answering all the questions. And even though the Department of Economic Opportunity has suspended the work search requirement until May 30, the applicant is still told that they did not comply with the work search requirement. I can hardly wait for the next election to voice my displeasure.

John Avery, Gulfport

It’s the GOP playbook

In response to: Gov. DeSantis deflects fault to the jobless | May 16

Gov. Ron DeSantis has pulled out the GOP playbook and is blaming the unemployed for not being able to navigate the state’s unemployment system, a web-based system designed not to work and installed under the mismanagement of former Gov. Rick Scott. As a card-carrying Mensa member, I finally had to fill out a paper application and mail it. That was over six weeks ago, and I haven’t heard a word. Why doesn’t DeSantis just admit they never intend to pay? Sadly, the only governance that seems to be as incompetent and heartless as Florida’s is up in Washington.

Brian Walkowiak, St. Petersburg

Not the time

In response to: Gov. DeSantis deflects fault to the jobless | May 16

While many unemployed workers are desperately waiting for their unemployment checks, Gov. Ron DeSantis blames some for incomplete or incorrect applications. The expression, “Don’t kick a man while he’s down," comes to mind.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

Shift the blame

In response to: Gov. DeSantis deflects fault to the jobless | May 16

When all fails and things go sideways, Gov. Ron DeSantis looks for someone to throw the blame on.

Anyone who has had to try — and I say try — to get on that Department of Economic Opportunity website in the early stages has spent countless hours trying to log in. I have personally spent easily over 100 hours logging in, getting kicked out or frozen on that site, to no avail. But that really doesn’t matter. If people can’t get their unemployment checks, the state saves money.

Normally, any employee who set this up would be long gone. But it’s always easier to shift the blame elsewhere if you’re a politician.

George Kowalski, Deltona

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