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Thank the meteorologists for their work during Hurricane Ian | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Fort Myers.
This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Fort Myers. [ WILFREDO LEE | AP ]
Published Sep. 30

The meteorologists are my heroes

Hurricane Ian | Sept. 28

If you watched with amazement the devastating effects on Fort Myers as Hurricane Ian came onshore, you have to appreciate all the efforts of our meteorologists. Whether it’s local or The Weather Channel, these people are saving lives, if we choose to head their warnings. Watching The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel getting blown by the wind like a car dealer decoration, you appreciate how these people put themselves in harm’s way to warn us. Thank you all!

Rich Lynch, North Redington Beach

Where the blame belongs

One more lost life | Letter, Sept. 28

As usual, people ignore the facts in the finger-pointing to blame President Joe Biden’s “open border” policy for the tragic death of Pinellas County Deputy Michael Hartwick, who was killed by a driver who was in the country illegally. With a budget of $16.3 billion in fiscal year 2022 and more than 60,000 personnel, Customs and Border Protection is the largest law enforcement agency in the country, and more than 85 percent of the agency’s Border Patrol agents (that is, 16,878 of 19,648) are concentrated on the southern border. That doesn’t sound like an “open border” policy to me. The writer presumably supports law enforcement. The real issue is who hired the worker in the first place? It wasn’t the president. That would be the construction company. Wouldn’t it be incumbent upon the employer to do a background check? A simple solution would be to fine the companies that have undocumented workers on the payroll at $10,000 per head. They will stop hiring them, and word will get back there are no jobs for them in the U.S.

Kenneth W. Marlow, Clearwater

The migrants could help us here

It’s our laws that are criminal | Column, Sept. 26

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to spend $12 million of taxpayer money to fly migrants from one state to another as a political stunt that has pretty much backfired. He should use the money left to bring migrants here to help with cleanup or at least use the unspent money to help Floridians.

Joseph Marra, Venice

Fault-finding

It’s our laws that are criminal | Column, Sept. 26

Just so I can set my watch, when do you intend to blame Hurricane Ian on Gov. Ron DeSantis?

Kevin Stewart, St. Petersburg

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