Shame on Rick Scott for voting no on COVID-19 relief | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., arrives for a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., arrives for a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) [ MANUEL BALCE CENETA | AP ]
Published Dec. 23, 2020

Stimulus at finish line | Dec. 22

This doesn’t represent Florida

Shame on Sen. Rick Scott for voting no on the stimulus bill Monday night. It is outrageous that he voted against the paltry amount that will go to those who need it most in the form of direct payments and unemployment benefits. His statement that it would add to the federal debt is total hypocrisy, since he had no problem supporting costly tax breaks for the richest Americans. In my opinion, his next run for Senate can’t come too soon, so we can elect a senator who truly represents the citizens of Florida.

Shelley Foster, Clearwater

Trump weighs schemes to challenge the election | Dec. 21

Not a coup

Regardless of their political leanings, all Americans should be concerned about recent seditious statements by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase and others who are recommending to President Donald Trump that he invoke martial law and suspend the Constitution in order to remain in power. Sedition is a felony that can result in fines and, at maximum, 20 years in prison. These “bad actors” are doing this in spite of the many lawsuits that have found no evidence of voter fraud or impropriety. It is time for all Americans, liking it or not, to accept the outcome of the November election. It is time to come together as a nation to face the many challenges. Otherwise, we will appear to the world no better than other countries in which coups and military juntas have taken over.

Michelle Schaefer, Wimauma

Trump weighs schemes to challenge the election | Dec. 21

Accept the election

The current situation regarding the deep polarization in American politics has been caused by irresponsible behavior from both sides, including both sides of the media. From the right, excusing outrageous behavior and substandard performance from the president. From the left, castigating every action as unacceptable, regardless of its merit.

Where we find ourselves now is in a whole new territory. The efforts to overturn the results of an election that has been held, challenged, litigated and certified are coming close to an existential threat for our country. The people who are supporting this are attempting to destroy the country that they claim to love. Now is the time to put loyalty to country over loyalty to party, power and/or money.

Terry Arnold, St. Petersburg

20 good things that happened 2020 | A Washington Post editorial, Dec. 20

The big picture is Trump

You mentioned the top good things that happened in 2020. First, how is your topic on George Floyd a good thing? He died!

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There was no mention of President Donald Trump’s accomplishments. Let’s see. The COVID-19 vaccine came out before year’s end. He said that would happen. And it did. The Dow Jones industrial average went up over 30,000. I guess he was the president in 2020 when this happened. He tried to make peace with various Middle Eastern nations, which he did. He built up our military, which the Obama administration ignored. He constantly made speeches to the American people almost every day, keeping us abreast of what is happening in our country. His rallies often had more than 20,000 people who came to see him talk. Need I go on? Looks like you missed the big picture.

Steve Cataldi, New Port Richey