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Don’t our elected officials work for us? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Sunday’s letters to the editor.

Pa. vote challenge none of Moody’s business | Editorial, Sept. 11

Clearly state reality, please

I was glad to see the Tampa Bay Times calling out Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody running off to support Republicans in Pennsylvania attempting to discredit the election and contribute to the erosion of our democracy with this deceitful grandstanding. I was more impressed with the New York Times front page clearly stating the reality, “Election officials nationwide find no fraud," and noting bipartisan rejection of President Donald Trump’s narrative.

The Republicans who refuse to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect are fomenting unrest, tickling at sedition and totally embarrassing themselves. On that note, our two Florida Republican senators are helping candidates in Georgia’s run-off elections — don’t they work for us? No wonder they have no time to actually legislate; don’t all these folks take an oath of office?

Jan Dahmn, Gulfport

Parent in mask protest arrested | Nov. 11

Wear a mask in and out of school

I can’t imagine why any parent would not want their child to wear a face mask at school. Don’t they want their child to be protected from COVID-19? And I would also think that parents wouldn’t want their child bringing the virus home to them and other family members.

Nor do I understand why this group of protesting parents was so adamantly against wearing masks themselves. We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, with new cases and hospitalizations spiking. Wearing a mask is the responsible thing to do, as well as showing consideration for others. Until there is a vaccine available, masks and social distancing are the only weapons we have to stop the virus from spreading. The protest not only showed willful ignorance but willful arrogance as well. Parents ought to behave like responsible adults and set a good example for their children, which was not the outcome of this incident.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

DeSantis proposal: Broaden stand your ground | Nov. 11

DeSantis might have meant it

There are two possible reasons that Gov. Ron DeSantis made his proposal for a so-called “anti-mob” bill that would expand existing stand your ground laws to ridiculous extremes. One reason could be that it was just for public consumption to please Donald Trump and his supporters in the state. The other possible reason is that DeSantis really meant it. And that’s even worse.

Robert Hogue, Apollo Beach

How Trump won Florida: focus on non-GOP voters | Nov. 5

How did Trump fool them?

People amaze me, especially when Donald Trump is involved. Tampa Bay Times reporter Steve Contorno explained how Trump convinced the Florida voters to buy his story. Trump received a larger number of Latino voters than expected. This is the man who called Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. He egregiously locked up little children. Remember, he dumped pain on Puerto Rico as harshly as a hurricane — after a brutal hurricane.

Not mentioned, but disturbing to me as a senior, Trump campaigned on eliminating the payroll tax — the sole support of Social Security and Medicare. The independent actuary of the trust fund said there will be no money for Social Security or Medicare in three years. With this and many other attacks on ordinary people, how did Trump manage to fool so many voters?

Martin Walsh, Glendale, Missouri

DeSantis proposal: Broaden stand your ground | Nov. 11

Shooting any innocent is not right

I find Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal regarding “anti-mob” legislation appalling. It will open the door to vigilante style justice. Shooting anyone suspected of looting or “criminal mischief” opens a can of worms. Am I to assume that any innocent person shot will just be collateral damage?

Arthur Harris, Clearwater

Relationship of Biden, DeSantis may be chilly | Nov. 12

How DeSantis becomes a one-term governor

If the relationship between soon-to-be President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis is chilly, it will be due to DeSantis' choice, not Biden’s. Joe Biden has made it clear he intends to govern on behalf of all Americans. If DeSantis is willing to govern on behalf of all Floridians, and not just the Trump base he feels he needs to curry favor with due to his 2024 presidential aspirations, then the relationship can be fruitful and beneficial to both leaders. If not, then DeSantis runs the risk of being a one-term governor.

Ken Key, Tampa

As tradition fades, new lives | Nov. 11

My boycott continues

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Times, hundreds of thousands of people now know of this egregious practice of eating dog meat in a country that wants to be accepted as modern.

I’ve been fighting it for years, vowing to purchase nothing made in South Korea until the entire trade is outlawed there. Some have done the same, like my terrific neighbors who were going to purchase a Hyundai SUV and chose a Subaru instead. Others have just smiled wryly, insisting that such a stance will do no good, which is similar to the “My vote won’t matter” reasoning.

That other Asian nations like Taiwan and Thailand have outlawed the industry not only shows how possible it is, but provides alternative places to buy many of the items sold in South Korea. That President Moon Jae-in has adopted a rescued dog before it could head to market is indeed heartening. But as long as such abject dog cruelty remains lawful, my boycott continues, whether others join me or not.

Terri Benincasa, Palm Harbor

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