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What is this ‘stuff’ that Gov. DeSantis is complaining about? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
 
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy gestures as he speaks, flanked by Gov. Ron DeSantis and former governor from South Carolina and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley during the fourth Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday.
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy gestures as he speaks, flanked by Gov. Ron DeSantis and former governor from South Carolina and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley during the fourth Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday. [ JIM WATSON/AFP | Getty Images North America ]
Published Dec. 8, 2023

What is ‘stuff’?

Report flags Fla. higher ed | Dec. 7

Gov. Ron DeSantis says, “Everyone has been complaining for years about college professors trying to indoctrinate and stuff.” Who is “everyone”? And, exactly, what is “stuff”? “Stuff” that does not agree with his anti-”woke” agenda? “Stuff” that would make students think critically about social issues? “Stuff” that teaches facts, history and truth? DeSantis says that he wants the pursuit of truth, yet he cannot provide transparency or truth for travel records, COVID reports, money spent on immigration flights, visitor lists or even answer questions truthfully.

Cindy Heinlein, Lutz

Handle the truth

Report flags Fla. higher ed | Dec. 7

The anti-”woke” governor of Florida complains that for years college professors have been indoctrinating our students and that he and his supporters are in pursuit of the truth. I would suggest that he reflect on this quote by Jack Nicholson in the movie “A Few Good Men”: “You can’t handle the truth.” The truth is that professors and teachers are leaving the state, or even the profession, at an alarming rate because of his policies. The truth is, he has been a disaster as governor while enacting his anti-”woke” policies rather than tackling real issues like the rising cost of homeowners insurance, affordable housing and climate change. The truth is his presidential campaign is a failure. The governor should wake up, return to Florida and try to salvage the rest of his term as governor.

David Burg, Tampa

What is real?

Report flags Fla. higher ed | Dec. 7

It is somewhat bewildering to me. The American Association of University Professors releases a scathing assessment of higher education in Florida, and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokesperson calls it “a hoax.” The former president of the United States is implicated in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, and the conservative right says that’s a myth perpetuated by the left. But we’re to believe that what the right is trying to prove, that President Joe Biden and his family are corrupt, that there was indeed a conspiracy to elect Biden in 2020, plus many other “investigations,” are all true?

David Lubin, Tampa

Come home

DeSantis, Haley and a fiery final 2023 GOP debate: Here are 4 takeaways | Dec. 7

It is time for our governor to come home to Florida. He can forget winning the presidency in 2024. He is doing a great job as our governor and we need him back to be our full-time governor again. He is young enough to try it again in the future if he really wants the job.

Ronald Bowman, Clearwater