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Learn from our history — the heroic and the uncomfortable | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Sunday’s letters to the editor.
Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution. A letter writer says, "The U.S. Constitution enshrines wonderful principles, but we have not always lived up to them."
Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution. A letter writer says, "The U.S. Constitution enshrines wonderful principles, but we have not always lived up to them." [ Associated Press ]
Published May 1

History, good and bad

A red wave is coming | Letter, April 24

The #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and “woke” movements are uncomfortable for many white persons. So is the concept of sexual orientation and gender identity as both a continuum and a fact of birth. They are angry that advocates and the media keep talking about them. They want to believe that Native American genocide, cruel slavery and abusive treatment of women as well as laws, procedures and customs that unfairly affect minorities (institutional racism) never happened other than as exceptions by a few “bad actors.”

The U.S. Constitution enshrines wonderful principles, but we have not always lived up to them. Our factual history is a mix of great, good, not so good and tragic. But sweeping the latter under the rug will not make our country a better place for all our citizens. Today’s white persons (me included) are not responsible for the decisions and actions of our ancestors. But we are responsible to learn about the objective reality of our society and history, and do what we can to make America a better place for everyone today and tomorrow.

Robert More, Riverview

We are fed up

A red wave is coming | Letter, April 24

Thank you for publishing this letter. Perfectly stated, the writer’s letter is spot on with how most of us are thinking, the silent majority that will not be silent much longer. As the writer says, there are millions of us out here. Basically, we are fed up.

Carol Maples, Seminole

Must be nice

A red wave is coming | Letter, April 24

It must be nice to be a white guy who has never had to worry that America could be a hostile place for people not like you. It must be nice to never have to worry that your vote could be suppressed, or that you could be killed in a police encounter or that you could be fired for your differences from a job that puts food on your table and keeps a roof over your head. It must be nice to never been brutalized for wanting to attend a public school or demonstrating for safe neighborhoods or the very right to exist. What kind of people would keep other Americans from having access to the American dream? There is enough to go around for everyone.

Karen Hodgen, St. Petersburg

By the people, for the people

Cross Gov. DeSantis and you’ll pay a price | Perspective, April 24

Columnist Anthony Man said exactly what I’ve been trying to put into words for weeks. Who is this chief executive who is bullying the Legislature to pass unnecessary legislation? Rather than stand and fight for what’s right for the citizenry of Florida, the Legislature just bends to the governor’s wants, wishes and needs. That is not what a democratic republic is about. It’s representation elected by the people, for the people. Rattling chains and causing havoc is a way to get noticed so hopefully voters are noticing what is not right about one branch that runs roughshod over another branch of government.

Carol Hess, Hudson

Give us data

Florida adds 20,860 COVID cases in past week as infections climb | April 23

Now that individuals in Florida have the “freedom” to protect themselves from the spread of COVID, it would be helpful if the state would start publishing daily COVID data and trends again, so we have information on the concentration of infections in our county and state. Unfortunately, the governor is too busy fighting culture wars, preventing election fraud that doesn’t exist (but not candidate fraud, which does exist) and preempting local governments from serving their citizens.

Georgia Earp, St. Petersburg

Up to the voters

Disney bout ignites donors | April 27

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In the long run it doesn’t matter how many out-of-state hedge fund billionaires contribute to the DeSantis campaign. It’s the voters who will make the final decision. My concern: If Gov Ron DeSantis were to lose, would he accept that result or would his newly formed election fraud division cry foul and claim the election was stolen?

Susan Bullard, Gulfport

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