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Remember, every private home in Florida has all-gender bathrooms | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
 
A Pride flag waves during the St. Pete Pride Parade along Bayshore Drive on June 24 in St. Petersburg.
A Pride flag waves during the St. Pete Pride Parade along Bayshore Drive on June 24 in St. Petersburg. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Nov. 23, 2023

What about your bathroom?

City of St. Petersburg’s single-use restrooms will be all-gender | Nov. 21

I’m amazed and appalled by the negative reactions to this news. What appalls me is the knee-jerk reaction to people whose gender identity is neither male nor female. Every human being produces bodily waste, and it’s a basic civil right to allow all human beings access to public restrooms. What amazes me is the sheer stupidity of the people opposed to them. Do these people have multiuse, gender-specific bathrooms in their homes? Or single-use, all-gender ones? The ignorance-fueled hatred has to stop.

David Frank DeLuca, Riverview

St. Petersburg is in the process of changing single-use bathroom signage across 164 single-use facilities to new signage that is all gender and not gender specific.
St. Petersburg is in the process of changing single-use bathroom signage across 164 single-use facilities to new signage that is all gender and not gender specific. [ City of St. Petersburg ]

It’s the states

Slow action on Medicaid | Nov. 18

The article reports that the Biden administration did too little to keep people from being taken off the rolls for Medicaid, but it is the states that are responsible for reassessing the eligibility of the enrollees in their own state. Medicaid is funded by states and the federal government. The rules are established by the states under certain federal guidelines, and it is the states that administer Medicaid. It is the governor of each state who is responsible for overseeing this effort and for making sure it is done correctly. The state governments need a better way to keep track of Medicaid recipients, for sure. Why don’t they have a correct address or contact information for these enrollees? But the people in these states need to be aware that if they want health care coverage for their most needy citizens, they need to listen to what the candidates for local, state and federal office say about important issues like health care, and vote more responsibly.

Susan Harper, St. Petersburg

Pot, meet kettle

Trump’s Truth Social parent company sues 20 media outlets | Nov. 22

To paraphrase Jackie Gleason’s lovable character, bus driver Ralph Cramden — ”You’re a riot, Donald, a regular riot.” His Truth Social is suing 20 news media outlets for erroneously reporting that Truth Social lost $73 million instead of only $23 million. Meanwhile, during his presidency, Donald Trump lied or spread misinformation more than 35,000 times, including the infamous “bleach might cure COVID” proclamation. Can those who tried the cure and suffered disastrous consequences sue?

David Lubin, Tampa