It’s time for Florida to adopt open primaries or ranked choice voting | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
“I Voted” stickers on the table for after voting at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg last year.
“I Voted” stickers on the table for after voting at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg last year. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published June 23, 2022

Universal voting?

It makes sense for a full and healthy democracy and Mandatory voting is a bad, unconstitutional idea | June 20

Monday’s paper had an article about mandatory voting and a letter about abolishing the Electoral College. I submit that our election problems would not be solved by either. A high number of voters are registered independent. In 28 states, including Florida, this means they cannot vote in the primaries. All too often these days the Republican and the Democratic candidates selected by the party members are far right and far left. This leaves more centrist voters the choice between the lesser of two evils. If we really want a working democracy, we need open primaries or a system of rank-order voting. And we need to end gerrymandering.

Karla Smith, Tampa

Gas tax holidays

Biden says decision on gas tax holiday may come this week | June 23

To suspend the gas tax or not to suspend the gas tax, that is the question. Will it really help consumers, or will it fatten the petroleum industry’s bottom line?

Brian Walkowiak, St. Petersburg

Really truly shocking!

Issues will confront new schools chief from the start | June 19

How shocking! Our new superintendent of schools in Pinellas County attends a community meeting on educational equity. Equity, defined by Merriam-Webster, is “freedom from bias or favoritism,” a dangerous concept. It could mean that our little white children should be treated no differently from our little Black or brown children. We can’t have that!

To make matters worse, this meeting is sponsored by that subversive organization, the NAACP, and is being held in that evil church that welcomes everyone, where that wicked pastor teaches that in God’s sight all are created equal, and God’s love is for everyone. The nerve! Why, he even encourages his parishioners to care about and help the needy in our community regardless of their religion, race, ethnic background or sexual orientation, convincing them this is what Jesus meant by his story of the good Samaritan. Well, Jesus was a rabble rouser, accused of eating with tax collectors and sinners. No wonder they crucified him.

Furthermore, I imagine these people would even have us believe that the final words of our pledge to the flag, “liberty and justice for all,” means everyone, not just white Christian nationalists. I mean, what is liberty and justice for everyone but equity (gasp!).

Elenora Sabin, St. Petersburg