Where is the line?
Ahead of tonight’s presidential debate, GOP voters are divided on Ukraine | Column, Nov. 8
Professor Stephen Neely’s column and survey of voters highlighted the growing number of Americans who do not favor continuing to support Ukraine’s struggle against Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of their country. I have just one question for those Americans. That is, where would they draw the line? What aggression by the dictator Putin will they think is too much? If it isn’t Ukraine, will it be when he invades Poland? Germany? Will they finally stop appeasing him when he tries to take back Alaska? Or will they cringe in their “America First” denialism then, too?
Gregg Niemi, Tampa
Florida is different
Gov. Ron DeSantis is right. He has his finger on the pulse of Florida. But when our governor steps outside of the state, he runs into a different political environment. Florida norms are not national norms. The country is moving toward allowing more access to abortion. In contrast, Florida’s attorney general wants to restrict access. How do our policies toward education compare to what is the norm across the nation? The list goes on endlessly. DeSantis is a Florida man, not a national candidate.
Torrey Craig, Ocala
Abortion as Achilles’ heel
Women’s continued access to abortion was again confirmed in Tuesday’s off-year elections in Ohio and Virginia, adding to the list of states that had previously rejected Justice Samuel Alito’s egregious majority opinion abolishing a half-century of women’s rights created under Roe v. Wade. However, will this week’s victories blunt some congressional Republicans’ stated desire to enact an overriding nationwide ban on abortion? Or will they come to realize that continuing their push for such a ban could hoist them on a petard of their own making that threatens to detonate on Nov. 5, 2024, endangering their precarious control of the House while leaving control of the Senate and White House with the Democrats? Only time and the results of the Republican Party’s fierce infighting will tell.
Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center