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Leonard Pitts said it so I, a doctor, don’t have to | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
Anti-maskers Chris Nelson of ReOpen South Florida and Anna Desenze of South Florida First argue with Broward Teachers Union members inside the Broward Schools K.C. Wright building on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
Anti-maskers Chris Nelson of ReOpen South Florida and Anna Desenze of South Florida First argue with Broward Teachers Union members inside the Broward Schools K.C. Wright building on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. [ SUSAN STOCKER / SOUTH FLORIDA | Sun Sentinel ]
Published Sep. 28

End this self-inflicted wound

Anti-vaxxers? Goodbye and good riddance | Leonard Pitts column, Sept. 27

Being a doctor for 40 years, I’ve been wanting to write a letter for some time now about the spurious objections people have to being vaccinated for COVID. Knowing what I know, and knowing that I only know a fraction of the science available to the CDC on virology and epidemiology, makes me furious at laymen who espouse an opinion without the knowledge to do so. Fortunately, Leonard Pitts takes the burden off me to call out these fools, which he does so eloquently. Everyone, get vaccinated and call an end to this self-inflicted wound.

Matt Hunter, Oldsmar

A personal decision

Anti-vaxxers? Goodbye and good riddance | Leonard Pitts column, Sept. 27

Leonard Pitts’ column criticized and condemned those individuals who choose not to get the COVID vaccine. What he did not mention is the fact that most of these people are healthy and have made a personal decision not to be forced to put something into their bodies that they feel is untested and may have long-term negative effects. I am not a doctor or a nurse, but I do take notice when doctors and nurses who have access to information and data that everyday people like myself do not, choose not to get vaccinated. Also, there are those people who have natural immunity because they have already had COVID who choose not to get vaccinated.

Masks work, right? So, what is the issue with letting someone who doesn’t want to get vaccinated wear a mask while at work? Instead, Mr. Pitts’ article did nothing but express the fact that these people are better off leaving their jobs and getting out of our lives. It is this very type of antagonistic rhetoric that is keeping this country from finding its way through this pandemic. I guess in Mr. Pitts’ world, the government always knows best, just like in the novel 1984 where all personal freedom and choice was taken away.

Mark Khan, Tampa

Admit reality

Florida employees feel COVID-19 pressure | Sept. 27

State employees are not being notified when someone within their midst has COVID. They find out through the office grapevine and worry that they might have been exposed to the individual/friend who is ill. Mask-wearing is encouraged by supervisors but not by the chief executive of the state. Reports or questions are not asked due to fear of retribution. Doesn’t this sound an awful lot like the past four years at the federal level? Employees afraid to report problems due to fear of losing a job? Gov. Ron DeSantis obviously cares more about appearances than the safety and welfare of all the people of the state he governs. Vaccines, mask-wearing, distancing and reporting illness within the workplace are the way to allow this state to return to some type of normalcy. Denial will not.

Carol Hess, Hudson

Wait for facts

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border encampment | Sept. 25

President Joe Biden is diverting attention away from his own failed policies by throwing our Border Patrol heroes under the bus. He has publicly condemned the Border Patrol before the facts have been established. He is politicizing the event rather than demanding an impartial investigation, and telling the country that they will pay for their actions before they have even been given a fair trial. The president interfering with law enforcement officials’ rights to due process by tainting public opinion with irresponsible condemnation goes against the rule of law and due process. This behavior started with President Barack Obama, and has been referred to as the Ferguson Effect. Such reckless and inflammatory conduct does not appear consistent with Biden’s promise to heal the nation and bring us back together. It is shameful, and there should be consequences.

Charles Sitero, Ormond Beach

Birth control works

I think life begins at conception, but the Texas abortion law is wrong | Column, Sept. 25

Dr. Lodovico Balducci writes that he would love to see a world in which every child is wanted and prays that abortion becomes unnecessary. Thanks to medical science, Dr. Balducci’s prayers have been answered. Contraceptives are a highly effective way to eliminate abortion. Birth control options, freely and easily available, would allow a woman to choose parenthood on her own terms. Government funds more generously spent on this solution, paired with reproductive education, would significantly reduce the need for abortion.

Eileen Sacco, St. Petersburg