Thomas Hobbes and Gov. DeSantis
What did these kids do to deserve this? | Editorial, Sept. 16
There is a great danger for all of us in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appeal to the Hobbesian base view of human life. In four years as governor, DeSantis has continually stomped on a fundamental principle ingrained in our Constitution and replicated at each level of our political structure, the separation of powers among three equal branches. Montesquieu’s “The Spirit of the Laws” was widely known and understood by the framers of our polity and incorporated in the Constitution so as to spread power and provide a system of checks and balances to ensure success over time. But in Florida, DeSantis has consistently bent a pliable Legislature to his will and overstepped his executive boundaries by interfering with sycophantic jurists. These are markers along a path to autocracy or, possibly, tyranny. If he is allowed to continue the actions he has already taken, look out, Florida. If voters do not put a “stop sign” on his path this November, look out, United States.
Jerry Ragan, The Villages
Here’s how sitting all day can wipe out your workout | Sept. 15
Literally no part of us is actually designed for sitting. We choose to do it and it’s certainly comfortable, but the downside can be considerable. I have a sedentary job that I made active. I have a standup computer desk and within my work area I find excuses to walk. Make it a habit. You might be surprised at how good you feel.
Robert Bennett, Valrico
This can’t be right
The Florida Highway Patrol arrested two men accused of racing on the Gandy Bridge. Both were booked onto Pinellas County Jail with bail set at $150, which they posted and were released. Doesn’t this suggest something horribly wrong with the bail system? Their quick release allows them to return to the same dangerous activity whenever and wherever they please. Are they not a threat to public safety?
Chuck Hudson, Tampa
Don’t lecture us
My wife and I are seniors who have lived in this country all our lives. We do not need a dictatorial governor to lecture us on religion, or on what medical services and procedures are best for us, or what books we should or shouldn’t read.
John and Deborah Bonano, Gulfport