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Stop speeders all the time | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers work the scene of a mulit-vehicle crash on southbound I-95 in Hollywood, which was the result of a high-speed chase on May 19, 2021. The chase began in Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers work the scene of a mulit-vehicle crash on southbound I-95 in Hollywood, which was the result of a high-speed chase on May 19, 2021. The chase began in Fort Lauderdale. [ JOE CAVARETTA | South Florida ]
Published Jul. 22

Stop speeders

Florida troopers crack down on speeding in this most-dangerous week for driving | July 19

In response to Operation Southern Shield, it’s nice to see a joint operation to enforce traffic laws and regulations along I-10, I-95 and I-75, but for only one week? What about the rest of the time? I rarely see Florida State Troopers on these highways unless there is an accident or an arrest in progress. Obviously the aforementioned highways extend through many southern states and beyond. What about I-4? I know it only runs across Florida. However, it too should be frequently patrolled. I just figured it out. If they added I-4 to the enforcement effort, we wouldn’t have enough personnel to cover the area because they are in Texas.

Jeff Sklut, Brandon

Rights and responsibilities

A responsibility of gun ownership | Editorial, July 20

Requiring people to take appropriate steps to secure their weapons is not a violation of their right to own those weapons. Keeping property that you own and value safe is just common sense. Allowing potentially dangerous property out of your control by failing to properly secure it is negligence and should be considered criminal behavior even if it is not used in a crime after the theft. People who leave guns in unlocked cars only to have them stolen and then used in in a crime should be charged as an accomplice to that crime.

Willi Rudowsky, St. Petersburg

Trust the science

Florida’s COVID numbers are headed the wrong way | Editorial, July 20

According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed far more than 600,000 people in the United States and over 38,000 in Florida. Why then would Gov. Ron DeSantis attack the credentials of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and health council to every president since Ronald Reagan? Dr. Fauci has been trying his best to keep our country safe and beyond the reach of the deadly COVID-19. Yet, recently, DeSantis sent an astounding email to many Floridians, myself included, urging Floridians to “Choose freedom over Fauci” and stating that, “I refused to follow Dr. Fauci, an unelected career government bureaucrat and allow him to strip Floridians of their God-given freedoms.”

Our governor has placed his political ideology above health science and then used this slanted misinformation to fund-raise. Shame on him for this reckless move, which could in real time cause sickness and even death to those who are influenced to abandon COVID health guidelines.

As Dr. Fauci is condemned by DeSantis as an “unelected career government bureaucrat,” does DeSantis share the same sentiments every time he crosses a Florida bridge designed by his unelected state Department of Transportation bureaucrats or subcontractors, or every time he drinks Florida water protected by his unelected state Department of Environmental Protection scientists?

By trying to destroy confidence in Dr. Fauci, a scientist with a stellar reputation who has served and counseled many administrations, DeSantis is putting at risk all those who believe his own political propaganda.

Rick Garrity, Lakeland

Unforced error

Florida’s COVID numbers are headed the wrong way | Editorial, July 20

Here we go again. The only difference this time is that this latest spike in COVID infections was totally preventable. We have individuals, for reasons that elude me, that have refused to get vaccinated. Their logic is selfish and dangerous to everyone around them. From this point on I have no sympathy for unvaccinated people that contract the disease. The science is there and people should be smart enough to accept it. But with all the misinformation out there on right wing programs feeding peoples continued ignorance it’s going to be a long hard battle for the world to recover. Our leaders should have more sense than they seem to have. The right should realize that many of those dying are probably Republicans. Our governor should have to pay a price for his bravado. But with the political climate the way it is, the right will probably make him an idol.

James Harazin, St. Petersburg