How to teach history as a patriotic American | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
The Declaration of Independence, painted in 1819 by John Trumbull.
The Declaration of Independence, painted in 1819 by John Trumbull. [ Public domain ]
Published Jun. 2, 2021

The good and the bad

Divergence on diversity | June 1

Our governor and his supporters seem intent on maintaining a version of history that doesn’t challenge their views. They seem to want our schools to teach only the facts they agree with — facts that paint our history and our forefathers only in a glowing, heroic light. This is not patriotism. We can still love America and tell the truth of our history and the truth is, we did some great, and some not so great things. What is so scary about teaching that? I teach my son that the founding fathers were brilliant men, but also flawed individuals like most of us. I teach him that the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents, but that when written, the rights they covered were primarily reserved for white men like the authors of these documents. What is wrong with teaching both sides, the good and the bad? What is wrong with the truth?

John Skey, Bradenton

Make cruises safe

CDC gives Carnival OK for test cruises from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston | May 29

Cruises are a major part of the economy in Florida. They should be able to open up to fully vaccinated people with a limited capacity. Florida relies on tourists, with cruises playing a huge role in the states’ income. However, we need to be safe in doing so. They need rules around it to prevent another outbreak.

Skye Liberda, Seminole

Who pays now?

Getting vaccinated helps protect more than yourself | Column, June 1

I hope we will soon know who will pay for the care of COVID-19 patients from this point forward. It would appear that many of those entering hospitals today are the ones who have refused to get their vaccinations. If that is the case, then should they not pay the full cost of their medical care?

Cornelius Cosentino, Tampa

It’s our party

GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly Jan. 6 riot | May 29

Voting against the Jan 6. commission is a new low for the Republican Party, the political party I’ve supported for 37 years. First, Republicans in Congress voted against impeaching Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection. Then they ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her party leadership for telling the truth about the election fraud lie. Now, they’re trying to cover up what happened. The Republicans have never stuck with a loser during my lifetime — until now. And Trump is a triple loser. He lost the presidency, House and Senate. Covering up for Trump and allowing him to still control the party doesn’t bode well for the next election. The millions of conservatives — and registered Republicans like myself — who voted for Joe Biden to oust Trump are not coming back to a party that Trump still controls. And the insurrection pulled more away because many of us who served in the military can’t abide someone who casually tossed democracy aside. It’s time for grassroots and moderate Republicans to take our party back from the radicals.

Lonnie Hammack, Orlando


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