COVID has no political party | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.

Protect our kids

No mask rule in schools | July 23

For those who are disbelievers, COVID has no political affiliation. Florida is one of three states accounting for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases are occurring in our state. As the children head back to school soon, action is needed right now to prevent this variant from getting out of control. If Gov. Ron DeSantis is serious about putting our kids first, it’s time to put preventative measures in place immediately. It’s not business as usual for our children, teachers and school employees.

Neil Armstrong, Bradenton

Keep them healthy

No mask rule in schools | July 23

Gov. Ron DeSantis says, “We need our kids to be able to be kids.” How about “We need our kids to be able to live to be adults”?

Bruce Lowitt, Oldsmar

Under oath

Pelosi: GOP will not stop Capitol inquiry | July 23

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection should subpoena all principal Republicans who minimize or deny it and then grill them under oath.

James Dina, Dunedin

Charge a premium

Nursing homes should have a vaccinated staff | Editorial, July 23

Health insurance premiums already vary to reflect the extra risk borne by those who make certain personal choices (smoking, for example). Premiums should be higher for vaccine refusers. Health insurers already have the information required to confirm if the vaccine is medically inadvisable for someone. They are not refusers, and their premiums shouldn’t rise. Vaccine refusers should bear the cost their choice imposes on all of us.

Paul Weaver, Palm Harbor

Weed vs. riot

Tampa man who breached Senate during riot sentenced to 8 months | July 19

We now know the penalty for being part of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol hoping to stop certification of a legitimate election: eight months in jail. That was Florida man Paul Hodgkins’ sentence a few days ago. Good thing he didn’t have cannabis on him. In Florida, possession of fewer than 20 grams carries a maximum penalty of up to one year of incarceration.

Scott McKown, Clearwater