A powerful story
Twelve hours in a Florida COVID-19 ICU | Sept. 5
This article by Lane DeGregory was the best article I have read in the Tampa Bay Times in the 10 years that I have lived here. If people don’t understand the seriousness of COVID-19 after reading this narrative, they never will.
Gene Holmes, Pinellas Park
A trained nurse?
Hospitals balk at vaccine mandates | Sept. 6
A patient said “one of her nurses told her she didn’t trust the vaccine and cited a false conspiracy theory the vaccines contain nanotechnology that could be used to track her.” Amazing. This is a trained nurse? Is her life so fascinating that anyone would bother to track her? I doubt that she has the time, much less the inclination, to do anything illegal. What makes these tinfoil-helmet people think that the government cares what they do? My only reaction to someone surveilling me would be sympathy for the poor, bored soul assigned the dreary chore. I would maybe offer him or her a book to pass the time.
Pete Wilford, Holiday
A little respect
A year after they played in the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the American League and are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the best record in Major League Baseball. And yet they get little respect from the national sports media, which routinely misidentifies their players or even the location of Tropicana Field. At the same time the team suffers from one of the lowest fan attendance records, especially when one considers that oftentimes a substantial number of those present at games are fans of the Rays’ opponents. In spite of all this, the Rays soldier on buoyed by their evenhanded manager Kevin Cash’s unrelenting positive attitude that imbues his players with a unique esprit de corps that extends to what effectively functions as the Rays’ auxiliary at Triple-A Durham. Moreover, the Rays somehow manage to accomplish all this with one of the lowest payrolls in the Major Leagues. If the Rays would be expected to remain in Tampa Bay after their lease on the Trop expires in 2027, it behooves national and even local media to provide them with something like equal recognition.
Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center
A short story
Why is Florida falling behind on COVID? | Editorial, Sept. 5
When you send your child to school, you turn over care of said child to the school to keep said child safe. Why would you want it any other way? School boards and teachers work diligently to ensure that takes place. If the school thinks wearing masks will keep your child safe, then wearing masks it should be. End of story.
Alan Raun, Largo
Where unity led
On 9/11, it’s shocking how easily it all comes back | Leonard Pitts, Sept. 8
A common theme of reflections of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack is that it united us as a nation. But while it did indeed unite us, we need to reflect on where that unity led — two now-abandoned wars, increased police surveillance at home, disaffected allies and more distrust of our own government. Indeed, it is when we are most united that we need to hold fast to our principles lest self-righteousness or fear lead us to sacrifice them. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Almost none of those lives had anything to do with the 9/11 attack. Those lost lives were the result of our unity.
Brian Williams, Zephyrhills
‘Choice’ is the word
Texas’ abortion law blunder | Wall Street Journal editorial, Sept. 7
In the early ‘70s, I was married to a very abusive husband and was looking for a way out. When I became pregnant I panicked and decided to get an abortion at a clinic in Clearwater. A close relative was pregnant as well and also in an unhealthy relationship. We drove to the abortion clinic together. I followed through with the abortion while my relative didn’t. Her daughter is a beautiful lady and brings everyone joy. And I still believe I made the right choice. Key word: Choice.
Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg