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DeSantis' behavior at Trump rally a terrible example | Letters

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

Thunderous return | Oct. 13

A terrible example for Florida

Regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis high-fiving Trumpers while unmasked in the viral swarm at President Donald Trump’s rally Monday: Fully eight months and more than 215,000 deaths into this disaster, we have a governor whose strategy for ultimate political success for himself has been to facilitate and normalize the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Floridians, many of whom no doubt voted for him. He’s facilitated these deaths by taking an ax to the truth about viral spread and mortality in every possible way he could politically get away with, aided by the vast majority of his state partisans. It’s a strategy he hatched many months ago, and to which he still clings with all his might.

He sets a terrible example for Floridians. Imagine thinking you’re a “leader” but with no duty to set a good example. Just like Trump, DeSantis thinks this malign course serves him politically, whatever the human cost. But Trump is an uneducated fool with an overabundance of vulpine cunning and cruelty. DeSantis is supposed to be an educated, ethical man. Now we know better.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg

Open primaries allow for diversity in representation | Column, Oct. 13

This is dishonest

Once again, supporters of Amendment 3 wave the shiny object of open primaries so independents can participate in hopes you won’t think much about the annoying addition of a top-two structure. If open primaries are so vital, craft a proposal doing just that for citizens to consider. Sneaking through the fine print a repeatedly failed top-two system makes Amendment 3 misleading and dishonest.

Nelson Dometrius, Gulfport

Open primaries allow for diversity in representation | Column, Oct. 13

No membership, no invitation to the party

If people want to vote in primaries, join a political party that aligns with your values and participate. Donate money to campaigns and volunteer your time to get your candidate elected. If you prefer to not participate in the party system, don’t expect to vote in any party’s primary. A party’s primary is for the members of the party to choose who they want to enter in the general election. Everyone has the right to be apolitical, but not the right to influence the candidate choice of a party they chose not to join.

Elton Fowler, Tampa

A needed change | Editorial, Oct. 11

Is Biden a centrist?

The Tampa Bay Times argued that former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a “centrist.” But many political scientists disagree. A progressive political science professor, Peter Beinart, describes Biden’s proposals in an article for The Atlantic as “further to the left than that of any Democratic nominee in decades.”

Biden has proposed raising government spending by $11 trillion, and taxes by $3 trillion, over the next decade. By contrast, in 2016, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton proposed only $1.4 trillion in new tax revenue over a decade. Biden’s proposals would increase America’s national debt by trillions of dollars. It is hard to view that as “centrist.”

Hans Bader, Arlington, VA