Working against the people’s will
Gov. DeSantis’ sham felon voting arrests | Editorial, Sept. 2
The Times editorial on ex-felons’ voting rights missed one seedy step in the saga, namely the collaboration of Republicans in the Legislature and the governor to effectively nullify the 2018 constitutional amendment passed by voters. I suspect that I am not the only voter who walked into the voting booth thinking, “Gotta make sure they don’t forget about those court fees and restitutions.” Nothing was further from my mind. I voted to restore rights to any ex-felon who walked out of the prison gate. The voting amendment joined amendments on class size in schools, funds for the environment, medical marijuana and gerrymandering on the heap of Republican scheming to minimize democracy in our state, tangentially related to President Joe Biden’s warning about the growing dangers of fascism in our nation.
Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg
What makes America strong
Labor Day 2022
This Labor Day, we honor the work the labor movement has done to fight for better wages, safer working conditions and sick days. When unions are strong, America is strong.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach
Hold drivers accountable
Deadlier than NYC to cross a road here | Editorial, Sept. 4
Tampa Bay pedestrians die at an unusually high rate for many reasons. Road design is one. But there are other factors, such as a lack of accountability. A driver looking at his cell phone can kill someone and suffer minimal consequences. Police do not charge drivers unless there is egregious behavior — speeding 40 mph over the limit as the Tesla driver was when he killed a cyclist last year, for example — or driving drunk or leaving the scene. But stay and say, “I didn’t see her,” and you get, maybe, a fine and a suspended license — for killing someone.
Lack of enforcement is another reason people are dying. St. Pete police have said they don’t issue speeding tickets unless a driver is going 20 mph over the speed limit. Meanwhile, last year they issued only one third the moving violations they did 17 years ago, according to city data. Let’s hold speeders and distracted drivers accountable and maybe we’ll start seeing fewer vehicular murders.
Bob Griendling, St. Petersburg