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Questions for Florida’s new surgeon general | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday.
Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday. [ LAWRENCE MOWER | Lawrence Mower ]
Published Sep. 23

Paging Dr. Ladapo

Florida’s new surgeon general opposes mask, vaccine mandates | Sept. 22

Are you kidding me? Our Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a new surgeon general who doesn’t believe vaccines are the way out of the pandemic. He apparently believes losing weight, exercising and eating fruits and vegetables is as important as getting the vaccine. Does he not realize COVID is an airborne virus and no amount of “good health” will protect you from breathing it in? But are we really surprised that our governor finally found a doctor who will support his belief that COVID is basically just a bug that needs to be lived with and not focus on the more than 50,000 Floridians who have died of it? I hope the next time Dr. Joseph Ladapo is interviewed, he will be asked if he is vaccinated and whether or not his children are vaccinated and if they are attending a public school without a mask mandate?

John Hayes, Sun City Center

Don’t risk my health

‘Soul-crushing.’ 1,900 Americans are dying every day from COVID | Sept. 21

I cancelled my dental appointment this morning as the practice would not assure me that anyone who sees me would be fully vaccinated. I will not submit to being in that exposed, high-risk situation with people willing to risk my heath and my life.

Richard McLaurin, Tampa

Remember ‘compromise’?

Democrats unveil new plan to fund government | Sept. 21

It seems that it’s time for the annual debt ceiling debate. Democrats say we must raise it, and the GOP says, “Whoa.” As a Democrat, I say we need to raise it to keep everything going. However, the sticking point seems to be the $3.5 trillion plan to better America. While I agree that the money is necessary to bring us into the 21st century, trying to get it all at once is a bridge too far. Someone once said that “politics is the art of compromise,” but that, sadly, isn’t true anymore. So each side girds for battle while ignoring the needs of the American people. Again.

John Ways, South Pasadena