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Don’t protests affect coronavirus? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
 
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman puts his mask back on after he addressed the audience during a new conference at the PSTA headquarters on May 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman puts his mask back on after he addressed the audience during a new conference at the PSTA headquarters on May 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published June 12, 2020

St. Petersburg mayor calls out young people | June 10

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

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2020, as the Senate works to pass a coronavirus relief bill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2020, as the Senate works to pass a coronavirus relief bill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) [ PATRICK SEMANSKY | AP ]

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

Flag you won’t see at NASCAR? A Confederate | June 11

It’s about time

In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flag flies in the infield as cars come out of Turn 1 during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.
In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flag flies in the infield as cars come out of Turn 1 during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. [ ROB CARR | AP ]

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

St. Petersburg has considered a ban on single-use plastic bags.
St. Petersburg has considered a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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.

Hunter Miller

The writer is the Florida Gulf Campaign Organizer for Oceana.

GOP checking out Jacksonville for convention | June 11

A convention in Florida? Really?

In this July 21, 2016, file photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center left, walks with vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
In this July 21, 2016, file photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center left, walks with vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. [ MATT ROURKE | AP ]

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