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Gov. DeSantis should stop withholding critical COVID information | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to a question at a press conference following his State of the State address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to a question at a press conference following his State of the State address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Mar. 4
Updated Mar. 4

Stop withholding information

Florida’s sunshine laws dim as DeSantis decides what to disclose | March 2

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appalling spread of misinformation and withholding of key data regarding COVID-19 is far more systemic and egregious than similar allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who rightfully is being held to account by the citizens and lawmakers of his state. Let’s use the same standard of accountability here in Florida and demand our governor immediately and consistently release thorough, accurate and timely information that is key to understanding and controlling the virus. Otherwise, he should lose his job.

Ed Cronyn, Tampa

We can handle the truth

Florida’s sunshine laws dim as DeSantis decides what to disclose | March 2

Accurate and timely information is critical for an informed society. The former president down-played information about COVID-19 starting over a year ago because he said he “didn’t want to cause a panic.” Florida’s current governor is doing virtually the identical thing with refusing to release information until he is “pushed and shoved to release it.” Is this effective leadership? Withholding this type of information from the citizenry is irresponsible and dangerous. This is not how the electorate deserve to be treated. We are all adults and do not need childish treatments.

Carol Hess, Hudson

Numbers don’t lie

Huh, so the economy performs better under Democratic presidents | Column, Feb. 27

Murad Antia’s column comparing economic metrics under Republican and Democratic presidents confirmed a saying I have propounded for years: “Democrats grow the economy, Republicans harvest that growth for their wealthy donors and owners.” The numbers don’t lie.

Brian Walkowiak, St. Petersburg

More Trump fallout

‘America is back,’ but Europe has moved on | Column, March 1

“What have you done for us lately?” is what we’re getting from our once-critical European allies after the Donald Trump train wreck. Anyone could have seen it coming, which was why a Trump vote in 2016 was such absolute, disastrous folly. Human nature being what it is, Europe’s reaction to Trump was predictable. A German official recently said, “We can never forget that the U.S. elected Trump.” It’s a permanent mark of fecklessness and stupidity. Yes, it is. It was only a matter of time before Europe would forget our blood sacrifice in two world wars, and our material generosity via the Marshall Plan. And they have now dismissed it, it seems. But learning they couldn’t count on us for sanity in our politics sped the day.

Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg