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Don’t forget about hurricane season because of coronavirus | Letters

Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.

The hurricane season is coming

Outbreak may affect hurricane prep work | April 8

I don’t know if it’s already in the planning stages, but if not, Tallahassee needs to get started on what we are supposed to do in the event we are still in this social distancing mode when hurricane season begins in about a month.

They need to devise a plan now on how we keep ourselves safe with a hurricane but still maintain some kind of prevention against the spread of COVID-19. Once a plan is in place, citizens will need the information quickly, accurately and with specific instructions. Do not sit on this, delay could be deadly.

Allan Love, New Port Richey

I’m terrified for my mother

Making sure I don’t die of stupid | Column, April 27

Leonard Pitts [File photo]

Thank you, Leonard Pitts, That is everything I feel regarding the idiots that are demanding that states open up. I have an elderly mother at home, and I’m terrified of bringing this virus home to her. The scientists are making sense. We just need to listen.

Mary Strykowski, Largo

It’s time to open the economy

Reopening amid hope, fear | April 27

The current overreach of power demonstrated by elected officials should stand as a disturbing awakening to the American people. Business must resume and people must once again be connected with one another.

Originally, little was known about COVID-19, and I think it was right to take extreme action and over-prepare in case the devastating projections realized their ultimate potential. They have not.

Elected officials and advisors now cautiously ask the question, “How many people will die if we allow restaurants to serve diners on premise, parks, beaches, and gyms to once again allow people to exercise, and people to return to their livelihoods and passions?”

Imagine if they asked, “How many people will die if we allow cars on the road, people to ride motorcycles, eat fried food, consume alcohol and tobacco?’’

But society does not usually allow a government to ban vehicles, foods or substances. Society makes these decisions for themselves, with guidance from the experts and governments.

There will always be a cost benefit analysis to every decision we make and every person must determine their own risk tolerance. Everything has a risk. We cannot let the cure be worse than the disease.

Doctors are not economists. Although usually incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to their fields, that does not qualify them to make mass economic decisions. They have a narrow insight relative to that of the whole picture. Our politicians must take their guidance, but have the foresight to construct policies that allow Americans to make their own decisions.

The economy must be re-opened now. High risk individuals would not be forced to do anything and could still take precautions, without impeding on low risk individual’s rights.

Wade Swikle, Tampa

Don’t be stupid

Our rights are being challenged | Column, April 28

Former Florida House Speaker H. Lee Moffitt greets Rep. James Grant, R- Tampa on the House floor, January 14, 2020, on the first day of the 60-day Florida legislative session in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES]

I almost never agree with anything State Rep. James Grant says, but I echo one sentiment in his latest statement: “I can respect your right to do and say stupid things, but it would do us all well if you didn’t.”

James Wicker, Tampa