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Masks and vaccinations work. Wear one and get one. | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
Suzanna Hosein, a family doctor, puts a Band-Aid on Rowan University senior Nasir Nichols, 21, after he received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a 12-hour pop-up clinic at Rowan University in New Jersey.
Suzanna Hosein, a family doctor, puts a Band-Aid on Rowan University senior Nasir Nichols, 21, after he received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a 12-hour pop-up clinic at Rowan University in New Jersey.
Published Aug. 2

Actually, masks work

DeSantis plans executive order to halt school mask mandates | July 30

The anti-maskers and Gov. Ron DeSantis rely on “voodoo” science to promote the concept that masks do not work and are harmful. What’s next? Banning masks for surgeons and hospital operating room staff or for active tuberculosis patients? Maybe eliminate all children’s vaccinations so that we can return to the good old days of widespread measles, rubeola, pertussis, mumps and polio — all airborne transmitted illnesses?

Timothy McClain, St. Pete Beach

A waste of money

Florida is spending $3.6 million to issue pandemic bonuses to teachers and police | July 30

If I were one of those receiving this $1,000 bonus, I’m not sure I’d be happy with my human resources department handing out my personal, private information to a private entity. As this money is from federal pandemic relief funds, why is the governor’s logo attached? This money is from the entire United States, not the state. By sending bulk amounts to each organization for them to distribute to their employees, the state would have saved money and not have disclosed personal info to a third party. Take politics out of relief.

Robert Spencer, Dunedin

Save the already born

Ron DeSantis asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade | July 29

Gov. Ron DeSantis joined a court brief filed by the state of Mississippi to try to overturn Roe v. Wade. Most Americans support Roe, and the Florida Constitution clearly protects a person’s privacy, the underlying basis of the original case. That aside, the governor’s office said he joined in the brief because be believes in the “sanctity of life.” If that were true, why does he prohibit masks and insist that cruise ship passengers accept unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, a deadly virus? Why does he prohibit local health ordinances passed by local governments concerned about the sanctity of the lives of people within their communities? Are not the lives of living people entitled to the same sanctity as unborn people?

Richard Jacobs, Tierra Verde

It’s not hard

Combating voter fraud

It’s 2021, and we may not have the flying cars and jet packs we were promised back in the day, but we should at least have a reliable voting system throughout the country. In the quality assurance world, you find the best process and you standardize it. The differences are insane in how each state handles mass mailing ballots, verifying signatures, observer rights, time to report data, ballot integrity, reporting transparency and absentee ballot voter ID requirements. The rules should be universal by now.

Ben Furleigh, Port Charlotte