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Heed this St. Petersburg widow’s warning about COVID | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Karen Weiskopf, the widow of St. Petersburg Police officer, Michael Weiskopf, speaks during her husband’s funeral. Officer Weiskopf was unvaccinated and died from complications from COVID-19. “He made a risky decision not to get vaccinated,” said Mrs. Weiskopf, lamenting that by the time he regretted not getting the vaccine, it was too late. “The virus is lethal,” she said to those assembled. A vaccine tent had been set up outside in the parking lot, for those who wanted to get the shot, at The Coliseum, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
Karen Weiskopf, the widow of St. Petersburg Police officer, Michael Weiskopf, speaks during her husband’s funeral. Officer Weiskopf was unvaccinated and died from complications from COVID-19. “He made a risky decision not to get vaccinated,” said Mrs. Weiskopf, lamenting that by the time he regretted not getting the vaccine, it was too late. “The virus is lethal,” she said to those assembled. A vaccine tent had been set up outside in the parking lot, for those who wanted to get the shot, at The Coliseum, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Sep. 2

Heed this widow’s warning

In grief, a warning | Sept. 1

I was touched reading about the strength and compassion shown by Karen Weiskopf during her spouse’s funeral. I can’t imagine what a painful and trying time this must be for her as she mourns the death of her husband, St. Petersburg police Officer Michael Weiskopf, due to COVID-19. The fact that she used this opportunity not just to mourn the loss of her husband but to try to help others and save lives is extraordinary. The fact that Karen Weiskopf wanted to use her husband’s death as a way to encourage others to get vaccinated speaks so much to her character. Sharing her pain of losing a loved to COVID and having a vaccination tent outside of her husband’s service are true acts of love. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for police officers nationwide during the first half of 2021. We don’t need any more dead police officers. We don’t need any more dead first responders. We don’t need any more preventable deaths period to due COVID. I urge everyone to listen to Karen Weiskopf and to get vaccinated today.

Marcus Afzali, Clearwater

Separate branches

Florida penalizes Alachua, Broward school districts in mask standoffs | Aug. 31

When Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and Gov. Ron DeSantis punished Alachua and Broward school districts, they conspired to directly defy Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper’s ruling. Is there a context where the executive branch can directly defy a judicial order in a functioning democracy? I think we all know the answer.

Stephen Weppner, St. Petersburg

Skip the charlatans

DeSantis adviser promotes ivermectin | Aug. 31

How many more charlatans and witch doctors are going to emerge from the dark promoting “drugs” claiming to “cure” COVID? First hydroxychloroquine was promoted by the former president, who claimed to be taking it himself. Now the public has been exposed to an animal parasite fighter prescribed by veterinarians as another way to treat the virus? What has happened to common sense, trusting the facts and the science — and just getting the FDA-approved vaccine? People are dying of the virus because they are unvaccinated, and now they’re going to die from unproven unsubstantiated comments from another supposed “doctor.” When is the madness going to stop?

Carol Hess, Hudson