Brandes defends minimum wage exemptions | Feb. 3
The voters mean what they say
While debating the need for civics education in Florida schools, the Legislature might start closer to home, with a refresher about voter-approved amendments to the Florida Constitution. They are supposed to be implemented, not torn to shreds or ignored by the Legislature.
Voters approved Florida Forever environmental funding, but the government views it as a piggy bank, used to fund routine expenses, even ignored in some years. Voters spoke out loudly against gerrymandering, but it required court action to force compliance. Voters approved voting for returning felons; the Legislature emasculated the amendment. Voters approved medical marijuana, now entangled in a mass of “implementation legislation.”
And now, after voters approved a $15 minimum wage, Sen. Jeff Brandes has decided that returning felons should lose again, exempt from the minimum wage. In effect, Tallahassee politicians have stolen our votes, substituting their judgment for yours. Can nothing stop this perversion of democracy?
Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg
Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters exit | Feb. 3
We have only one reality
It seems members of QAnon and other far right groups have the rest of us at a significant disadvantage. They have any number versions of the truth, we just have the one.
Peter Mouton, Gulfport
Rubio, Scott duck legal questions on impeachment | Jan. 31
Beware the Trump ticket
Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott should support the Grand Old Party that once was, not what it has become. As it is, Donald Trump’s children will be challenging them for their Senate seats in 2022 and 2024.
David Buby, Pinellas Park
Slain Capitol Police officer honored | Feb. 4
Where’s the justice?
During the Capitol riot, a police officer was killed during a joint action to commit felonies. Where are the cries for application of the felony murder statute? How can we continue to deny white privilege?
Ed Bradley, Boynton Beach
Inoculations for teachers
Vaccinate the teachers
Do teachers matter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says schools can be safe even if teachers are not vaccinated. Teachers are essential workers in Florida, and yet they don’t deserve the vaccine? How much are they valued?
Carol Komperda, Pinellas Park
Historical distortions, right and left | Feb. 4
Never seen the likes of this
I am almost 80 and am an independent. In all my years following politics I have never seen anything like what’s going on now. Men and women of both the Democratic and Republican parties seem to have no scruples. I was taught that if you don’t do what’s right, you will never be able to live with yourself. I have lost respect for all but a few politicians. God help them.
Edward Perella, Largo