No country for Trump supporters
Poll: Trump takes big lead over DeSantis in California GOP | May 29
We are finishing up our annual Memorial Weekend trip to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri — and no, it’s nothing like the lake portrayed in the show. However, it has historically been an area filled with strong Trump supporters. MAGA hats and Trump flags on both boats and houses have been a common sight for years. No more. After four days at the lake, we’ve counted just one MAGA hat and are still looking for the first Trump flag. We thought we found a second MAGA hat, but as we got closer, we saw it actually said “Make boat gas $1.69 again.” I realize that this is hardly a scientific study, but if we’re seeing this level of support in the heart of Trump country, what does it mean for the rest of the country? And besides, it’s not like the official polls have had much of a track record in recent years.
Scott Stolz, St. Petersburg
Book banning is not a ‘culture war’ | Column, May 30
Columnist Diana Goetsch should be pleased to know that removing books from libraries in Florida is not book banning. According to our governor, it is a “curation choice.” Presumably, books the state doesn’t want us to read are merely stored with great care somewhere where no one has access to them. George Orwell would be proud.
Edwin Bradley, Boynton Beach
I was run over
Mayhem on Tampa Bay roads
A car is a 2,000-pound weapon, and it’s just as dangerous as a gun. I know — I was struck crossing in a crosswalk. You don’t jump up like in the movies. You never get over it. The state needs to get serious and pass laws that seriously penalize dangerous, law-breaking drivers and also greatly drive up the cost of their auto insurance. We need to build overhead crosswalks for people trying to cross high-speed, multilane roads. We should penalize drivers who use cellphones behind the wheel, not just those who are texting. Put rumble strips in school zones. And we need more public transportation.
Roger Robbins, Sebring
A clever plan
Free beer is back at Busch Gardens this summer | May 29
Aha, now we know how they’re going to get rid of all that Bud Light they can’t sell. Very clever.
John S.V. Weiss, Spring Hill