What about the protests?
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has called out younger people for the rise in infections in the 25- to 34-year-old age group and has blamed it on bars opening and everything else, but said it was “too early to tell” the effect of the protests on COVID-19 cases. It is amazing how protesters are immune from getting sick.
John Spengler, Spring Hill
No, it’s not just a Trump tweet | June 11
Just acknowledge the tweet
I can’t understand our Republican senators. After all the inappropriate tweets from the president, they still can’t criticize him. They have no comment or are late for a meeting when asked a question regarding some of the despicable tweets he sends. They are spineless. I have no party affiliation and have voted for candidates of both parties since 1976. I vote for candidates based on principles and policies.
The president seems to be leading a cult and they are members. That’s the only way I can explain it. They had better wake up.
Lawson Myrie, Lutz
It’s about time
It is ridiculous that Confederate symbols stand as proud monuments to a dark past. The Confederacy was the enemy. They were traitors to the United States. Should the Confederacy have won the Civil War, slavery would continue to exist. Slavery was a black mark on United States history. Why glorify any of it? Get rid of all those symbols of slavery—the flag and all monuments.
Dianne Franz, Palm Harbor
World Ocean Month
Break free from plastic
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate World Ocean Month than to jump in my kayak and fish the crystal-clear grass flats of Tampa Bay. Beautiful redfish, snook and speckled sea trout are just a few of the regulars on the scene, and it’s not just fish that make an appearance. It’s a waterman’s paradise and a privilege to experience.
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Another sight anglers see far too often is the ever-increasing amount of single-use plastic pollution. We’re seeing plastic everywhere: in waterways, mangroves and even in the stomachs of fish. Most often, these plastic items were used for just a few minutes, yet this pollution will remain in our environment for decades come.
Fortunately, cities like St. Petersburg, Largo and Orlando are leading the way to address the plastic crisis by passing strong ordinances limiting the use of these deeply flawed single-use plastic items. I encourage every coastal city, especially those in the Tampa Bay watershed, to take bold and decisive action to break free from plastic and keep our fishing spots pristine.
The writer is the Florida Gulf Campaign Organizer for Oceana.
A convention in Florida? Really?
Here is one scenario if the Republican National Convention is moved to Jacksonville during hurricane season. We have a convention center filled with tens of thousands of people during a pandemic, where many will be exposed to the coronavirus. At the same time, a hurricane heads to the Jacksonville area, which creates a mass exodus from the state for evacuation with nowhere to go! Have fun explaining that to Floridians as a wise and sound decision!
Jackie Kanner, St. Petersburg