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Republican fake electors should face real consequences | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
Vice President Mike Pence walks off the House floor as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in the November 2020 election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
Vice President Mike Pence walks off the House floor as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the Electoral College votes cast in the November 2020 election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. [ ERIN SCHAFF | AP ]
Published Jan. 31, 2022

Fake electors, real consequences

Fake GOP electors ‘absolutely’ could face charges | Jan. 19

While the 2020 election recedes into history, its aftermath has spawned a series of unprecedented laws in states with Republican-dominated legislatures aimed at making the act of voting — especially voting by mail — more inaccessible, especially for minority voters. The recent jaw-dropping revelation that in seven states won by Joe Biden, Republicans gathered alternative slates of electors on Dec. 14, 2020, who apparently executed and emitted similarly forged certificates of election results, demonstrates how desperate the Trump-led GOP was to overturn the results of the general election. Looking forward to this year’s midterms and beyond, some Republican state legislatures have passed bills arrogating to themselves the power to remove election officials deemed incompetent and even to overturn the results of an election deemed fraudulent or somehow inadequately conducted. One wonders whether such actions are aimed at merely discouraging certain citizens from voting or would they constitute the opening salvos in a civil war long-promised by white supremacists intent upon establishing an apartheid form of government in America?

Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center

Polluter should pay

Major fine for lead smelter | Jan. 23

Bravo to the Tampa Bay Times on its courageous investigative reporting about the ongoing environmental justice challenges faced by Gopher Resource’s employees, local residents and the staff and students at Kenly Elementary. It is clear to me that Gopher put profits above people’s health and safety and should be closed permanently. Hillsborough County’s proposed half million-dollar fine, while the largest in its history, is but a tiny fraction of the company’s bottom line (hundreds of millions of dollars annually). I believe that it’s time that the county work with state and local officials to close Gopher’s doors permanently and use the funds collected from the fine to help the employees find safer jobs and pay their health care bills.

Christian Wells, Temple Terrace

A form of discrimination

Biden: First Black female justice on high court ‘long overdue’ | Jan. 28

President Joe Biden promised he would pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court if he were elected President, and he is keeping that promise. But isn’t this both sexist and derogatory to white males?

Chuck Grecco, New Port Richey