Regulate guns sensibly
The mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., struck too close to home for me. My ex-wife and son live in the area, and it was not until I could reach her by phone to be assured they were not out food-shopping that I could relax. Of course, the NRA will point out that guns don’t kill people, people do. The fact is, people with guns do kill people and at a far too deadly rate. When will our representatives in Washington get a backbone and pass sensible gun regulation within the confines of the Second Amendment that will lessen the mayhem that is all too often the subject of the nightly news?
James Donelon, St. Petersburg
Ballots, not bullets
Another day, another mass shooting. We have to stop electing Republicans or this will never change.
Brian Valsavage, St. Petersburg
Vaccines, and a little luck
Getting my vaccination was amazing! | Letters, March 23
My wife and I belong to the plus-50 demographic. We have been waiting for our turn to get vaccinated against COVID-19. When we learned (through the Tampa Bay Times!) that vaccines were available for us, we booked an appointment online at a local Publix pharmacy. Today we are getting our first dose.
There was no waiting on-line to book the appointment, and there will be no early rising, no long driving, no idling in our cars in anguish. Just because we checked with our local pharmacy first. Maybe we got lucky. Or maybe COVID-19 vaccines are easier to get than said.
There is unfortunately an information overload about COVID-19 vaccines and how to get them. It doesn’t help that different locations use different eligibility criteria. There is no centralized appointment site. Many sites that purport to facilitate appointments require a lot of information upfront that makes people hesitant, understandably so. The system is not perfect, but we don’t need a perfect system. We only need vaccines. It seems to me that more vaccines are becoming available to more people. All we need to get them is to be a little proactive. And sometimes lucky too.
Lambros Papaeconomou, Tampa
Some rich Democrats
Biden plans $3T blitz to rebuild | March 23
What do Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have in common? First, they are all billionaires and some of the richest people on the face of the Earth. Second, they are all Democrats and support Democratic candidates and elected officials at all levels (from local to county to state to federal to the president). As Warren Buffett has pointed out numerous times, they pay less percentage-wise than most of their employees — and most American citizens. Of course it doesn’t have to be this way.
They could fire all of their tax lawyers and accountants who make sure that they take advantage of the smallest of tax loopholes. Yes, Bill Gates and his wife contribute millions to charities all over the world (especially in the field of education) as well as making similar contributions to companies working to solve climate change. But these three men could have done so much to help those in need — food, medicine, housing, etc. — during this pandemic. It’s funny that you never hear Democrats bashing these men for their riches; one would think that only Wall Street, CEOs and Republicans are really rich.
Tom Craig, Riverview