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Firing the state’s coronavirus data manager looks like a cover-up | Letters

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

Data manager’s firing a cover-up

State ousts top data pro | May 20

The recent firing of the state’s respected COVID-19 data manager Rebekah Jones looks like a cover-up to block health information unfavorable to the recent Florida reopening. Much like President Donald Trump’s distancing from those who were let go because they disagreed with him, Gov. Ron DeSantis, when asked, claimed he “didn’t know” Jones and walked away from questioning reporters. Florida never met and still has not met U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for opening up — a 14-day drop in COVID-19 cases.

Bruce D. Shephard, Tampa

Protect Florida, not politics

Attorneys general sign brief to drop Michael Flynn case | May 20

Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody and Florida's attorney general.

You would think Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has enough to do without getting involved in the Michael Flynn case. Moody signed a brief asking a federal judge to allow the U.S. Justice Department to drop its case against Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Flynn’s case has no connection to Florida. Moody was elected to protect Floridians from crimes committed here in the state. Perhaps Moody’s time could be better spent investigating former Gov. Rick Scott’s financial ties to the vendor that developed the failed SunPass tolling system. Or she could investigate Scott’s role in choosing the vendor who designed Florida’s disastrous unemployment insurance system, a system one legislator described as “designed to fail.”

Mike Salinero, Lutz

I still can’t get my results

COVID-19 test results

A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Kathy Hudson, right, Florida Department of Health, April 27, 2020 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

I participated in COVID-19 drive-up testing at Heritage Park in Osceola on April 27. It’s May 19, and still no results. Yes, I’m asymptomatic, but I’m walking around not knowing.

Monique McIntosh, Kissimmee

A mandatory quarantine

COVID-19 test results

I keep hearing that we need more tests to really know how, and if, COVID-19 is spreading. My experience is we need more test results. I have been trying for a month to get my 95-year-old mother back to her assisted living facility after a recent hospitalization and rehab stay. It took the rehab facility almost two weeks to get results. The assisted living facility was concerned about potential exposure and requested another test.

The latest attempt involved a Hillsborough County drive-through site. It’s been over a week and no word from the county. Is this how the county is trying to enforce a 14-day quarantine? By not responding?

Donald Bock, Odessa

One more inspector general?

Another watchdog is out | May 17

In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo State Department Inspector General Steve Linick leaves a meeting in a secure area at the Capitol in Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE | AP]

Well, he’s done it again. He fired another inspector general in another Friday night purge! President Donald Trump continues to take complete control of the apparatus of our government.

I believe that history does repeat itself, and we’ve seen this act before. I believe that the Democrats are going to have an extremely hard time getting Joe Biden elected with the deck stacked against him. For all practical purposes, Trump also controls the Republican Senate. As a decorated Vietnam vet, I am scared. Trump wields tremendous power and will use it ruthlessly with no oversight and a Republican Senate enabling him.

Richard Anderson, Naples

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