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Anti-vax ‘freedom’ lovers, here’s how the Greatest Generation earned its name | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
This is real sacrifice and patriotism: In February 1945, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
This is real sacrifice and patriotism: In February 1945, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Published Nov. 22

What sacrifice means

DeSantis signs mandate limits | Nov. 19

It was sad to see Gov Ron DeSantis gloating as he signed into law more destructive roadblocks to prevent us from ending this horrible pandemic. I have lost respect for those like him who refuse to help their country in a time of crisis. During World War II, all real patriots did what was necessary to win the war. When the government asked for sacrifices and changes to their normal lifestyle, American citizens answered with a resounding yes! Many sacrificed their lives. They deserved to be called “The Greatest Generation.“ We are a far cry from that. More than 767,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and yet when our government asks us to sacrifice by simply wearing a mask and getting vaccinated, we have a segment of our population who refuse. These deniers and the governor are part of the “Me-Me-Me” generation complaining about their “rights " and “freedoms.” What have they done to help the United States?

John Bonano, Gulfport

Land of the free

Kyle Rittenhouse cleared of all charges in Wisconsin shootings | Nov. 19

The verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial reminds me of what I love most about my country. Going back to the Founders, we have refused to tolerate bullies and oppressors, and I believe that we have eventually pushed back against tyranny, slavery, racism, bigotry, fascism, socialism, communism and every other form of totalitarianism that has ever threatened our freedoms. This trial showed much more than that self defense and the right to bear arms are basic inalienable rights. It demonstrated that America is not going to stand for the current assault on our freedoms. The rioting and looting, the threats of violence, the assault on our police, the intimidation of our justice system to bend to the desires of the mob, and the attempts to indoctrinate our children will not be tolerated in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Charles Sitero, Ormond Beach

More Leonard Pitts

No, the Nazis are not coming | Column, Nov. 18

Every time I read the column written by Leonard Pitts, I am reminded that his understanding, intelligence and sensitivity for the lives of others is why I subscribe to the Tampa Bay Times. His recent writing on the topic of the far right usurping the tragedies endured by Jews during the Holocaust, and using a yellow star to suggest their own victimhood as equivalent, couldn’t have been articulated more clearly. The only thing I would like is to have his thoughts daily.

Sharyn Steiner, Largo