Hard line on COVID
Days of getting full coverage for COVID-19 are over | Sept. 20
If health insurers were smart, they would tell all their clients who can get vaccinated that if they come down with COVID-19 after a specific date and they’re not vaccinated, they will not be covered, and they will have to pay the hospital bill out-of-pocket.
Chuck Grecco, New Port Richey
Risks in Florida remap battle | Sept. 20
If the boundaries of a school were drawn to maximize the number of Black or Hispanic students, there would be lawsuits. So why is it okay to do it with a voting district? In either case it boils down to segregation based on race or ethnicity, which civil rights and civil liberties groups fought for decades to eliminate. The redistricting process should not result in congressional or legislative districts that look like inkblots on a Rorschach test. They should be compact and contiguous based on population size, not political party registration or racial makeup. I thought the Fair Districts Amendment passed by Florida voters made this clear.
Joseph Brown, Tampa
Why the focus on race?
Every time I see the name “Ken Welch” and the phrase “St. Petersburg’s first Black mayor” in the same paragraph, I cringe. I have known Welch for more than two decades, served on a board and a few committees with him. While I live in unincorporated Pinellas County, what happens in St. Petersburg impacts the county. He has vast experience in public and private sector leadership. Welch should be elected based on competence, character, compassion, and caring, but not color. As we seek social equity for all, it is time to remove race from a qualification for office.
Tony Leisner, Tarpon Springs
The Rays play in St. Pete
Monday crossword puzzle | Sept. 20
Does the crossword puzzle maker, Thomas Joseph, know something that even Tampa and St. Petersburg mayors do not? That the Rays have already moved to a field somewhere beyond Pinellas County? Because, for the umpteenth time, a crossword puzzle clue is “Ray’s home. ”Yup, you got, it, the answer is “Tampa.” I was sure the team was still playing in St. Petersburg.
Harriet Browder, Clearwater
Sticking to their agenda
Wasting tax dollars | Letters, Sept. 20
I am confused by all these Republican letter writers who are disappointed by the performance of Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Trump. Both are doing exactly what they said they would do during their campaigns. Perhaps voters should look at more than just the letter that follows a candidate’s name on the ballot.
Carlos DeCisneros, Tampa