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Why is our freedom-loving governor silent on academic freedom at UF? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the 2021 Florida Chamber Annual Meeting and Future of Florida Forum last month in Orlando.
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the 2021 Florida Chamber Annual Meeting and Future of Florida Forum last month in Orlando.
Published Nov. 4

It’s free speech, right?

Florida faculty reacts angrily | Nov. 3

Every day we seem to see Gov. Ron DeSantis chanting “freedom” like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Why is he so silent on the freedom of speech for professors at the University of Florida? He seems to pick and chose which parts of the Constitution he wishes to defend.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

Why anti-vaxxers say no

Firefighters lash out over mandate | Oct. 30

Here are some “vaccine refusal” reasons no one talks about: (1) Failure of the American family to thrive; distrust of authority in the family leads to mistrust of authority in society; (2) Lack of science education. Microscopes matter; (3) Lack of civics education. Everyone must participate in a democracy, whether they like the majority’s public health policies or not; (4) Lack of history instruction. Vaccines have a long and successful history (250 years in Europe and the U.S.); (5) Decline of democracy brought on by political monopolists in both the Republican and Democrat parties. Each party subverts the other party’s policies no matter how good they are.

Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross, Utah

Falling back

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend

This weekend it will be time to change the clocks again. When is Sen. Marco Rubio going to put a stop to that? He’s says he working on it. How difficult could it be?

R.O. Plummer, Palm Harbor

We know what it means

If ‘Let’s go Brandon’ is what passes for oratory now, be very worried | Column, Nov. 3

I wonder why the Southwest pilot or the man ahead of me on the road with the bumper sticker or all of those other people use the euphemism of “Let’s go Brandon,” when we all know its vile meaning? Aren’t they behaving cowardly? After all, didn’t their president unleash all of their worst tendencies, allowing and encouraging them an open and public display of their venom? Or perhaps they have a shred of decency and don’t want to utter the real words in front of their children, neighbors or fellow parishioners?

Anita Huenke, Clearwater