Next up, nurses
Get real about the teacher shortage | Editorial, Aug. 21
Years of maligning, unprofessional treatment, and low salaries at the hands of successive Republican governments have left Florida short 9,000 teachers, which Gov. Ron DeSantis will solve by magically converting former military and police personnel into skilled teachers, which I believe will lead to more generations of ill-prepared high school graduates, easily manipulated and open to lies of future politicians. The governor can now move on to handle the projected shortage of 50,000 nurses by 2035. Perhaps retired vet techs, sanitation workers and grave-diggers could be lured into the field. If anybody can be a teacher, anybody can be a nurse, right?
Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg
Mature enough to ...
Fla. court: Girl, 16, not ‘sufficiently mature’ for abortion | Aug. 19
One in four women will have an abortion by the end of their childbearing years, according to the Guttmacher Institute. It is not an easy choice. But no matter the reason or circumstances, women want to have control over their bodies and their lives. It is extraordinary that a Florida judge says a 16-year-old isn’t mature enough to get an abortion but could be forced to have an unwanted baby. She could now face a very “adult” decision whether to keep the child and go on welfare or give it up for adoption and possibly face a life-long sense of guilt.
Jackie Kanner, St. Petersburg
Only one reason
Cheney, Trump and the GOP | A Wall Street Journal editorial, Aug. 19
This Wall Street Journal editorial argues that most of the Republicans who voted for Rep. Liz Cheney’s opponent “were rejecting the strategy of the Democrats and the media to tar the entire GOP as rioters and fanatics.” This suggests that Cheney’s loss was not due entirely to her opposition to Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Before losing in the primary by landslide proportions this past week, Cheney, who voted 90% of the time with former President Trump’s policies, won reelection to Wyoming’s at-large congressional district in 2020 with over 70% of the vote.
Have the media and the Democrats changed so much in the past 24 months that Wyoming Republicans ousted a long-standing conservative in favor of an election denier? I think not, and the editorial board at the Journal is being disingenuous when they suggest otherwise. I believe that Cheney lost for one reason, and one reason only — she dared to side with the Constitution over an army, led by Trump, hell-bent on destroying it.
Jim Paladino, Tampa