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‘Independent’ Texas wants federal help now? How convenient. | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
People wait in a long line to buy groceries at H-E-B in Austin, Texas, during last week's extreme cold snap and widespread power outage.
People wait in a long line to buy groceries at H-E-B in Austin, Texas, during last week's extreme cold snap and widespread power outage. [ AP ]
Published Feb. 23
Updated Feb. 23

Texas wants help now?

What Florida can learn from Texas’ failures | Editorial, Feb. 19

For decades, Texas has railed against anything having to do the U.S government and the other 49 states. Its governor, senators (especially Ted Cruz), and representatives have portrayed Texas as a stand-alone government, unhampered by the feds, and disavowing the legally, fair and constitutional election of Joe Biden. Their independence extends to designing and maintaining their own power grid and at one time, threatening to succeed from the Union. But now that their power grids, water systems and natural gas lines have failed, they want help from the very people and government they vilified and scorned for so long.

Emiliano Quindiagan, St. Petersburg

Don’t lower the flag for Rush

Ron DeSantis will honor Rush Limbaugh by lowering Florida flags | Feb. 19

As someone who spent over 40 years in talk radio, many on stations that carried Rush Limbaugh’s show, I appreciate the man as a great talent who practically saved AM radio single handedly. But lowering the flags in Florida to half-mast in his honor is ridiculous. Did the state do the same when Johnny Carson died? Carson was certainly more a part of the fabric of American life than Rush Limbaugh.

Chris Core, St. Pete Beach

Liking Rush, not a lowered flag

Ron DeSantis will honor Rush Limbaugh by lowering Florida flags | Feb. 19

Only the president or a governor may order American flags lowered to half staff. Not mayors (except for Washington D.C.) or fire chiefs. Not even members of Congress. It’s a serious responsibility, and that honor should be reserved for specific and deserving Americans. I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh made that cut. I was a fan of his, and I respect Gov. Ron DeSantis, but Limbaugh was an entertainer beloved by only about half of the country. Americans shouldn’t look at a flag flown at half staff thinking they resented the person for which it’s lowered.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was fine for Rush. President Barack Obama handed those out to half of Hollywood. But lowered American flags are to be restricted to fallen heroes and other specific Americans. It’s all in the U. S. Flag Code. Only 52 Americans are supposed to lower the Flag. Why don’t they read it?

David Fraser, Clearwater

Maybe lower a different flag

Ron DeSantis will honor Rush Limbaugh by lowering Florida flags | Feb. 19

It would be more appropriate for Gov. Ron DeSantis to order the lowering of Florida’s Confederate flags in honor of Rush Limbaugh.

Bill Serron, Dunedin

Florida deserves better

Ron DeSantis will honor Rush Limbaugh by lowering Florida flags | Feb. 19

Let’s be honest. Rush Limbaugh is no hero. He exemplified bigotry, racism and sexism, and he spent his career attacking AIDS victims, the gay and lesbian community, Black people and women. He was relentless in his attacks on Barack Obama even airing a parody song, “Barack the Magic Negro”, and once called a supporter of birth control a “slut”. Just when you thought our governor can’t stoop any lower, he praised Limbaugh calling him a “legend” and a friend, and announced lowering the state flag at half mast. Florida, we deserve better.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

The governor’s revealing gesture

Ron DeSantis will honor Rush Limbaugh by lowering Florida flags | Feb. 19

Ordering the flag lowered to honor a racist, homophobic, Islamophobic misogynist such as Rush Limbaugh reveals much more about Florida’s governor than it does the multimillionaire who hoodwinked his listeners all these years.

Michael Henry, Bradenton