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Handwashing is a socialist plot, I say | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Los Angeles police say a group of thieves smashed windows at the department store at the luxury mall late Monday, the latest incident in a trend of smash-and-grab crimes is part of a national trend, including a mass looting at a San Francisco Nordstrom. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Los Angeles police say a group of thieves smashed windows at the department store at the luxury mall late Monday, the latest incident in a trend of smash-and-grab crimes is part of a national trend, including a mass looting at a San Francisco Nordstrom. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia) [ EUGENE GARCIA | AP ]
Published Nov. 26, 2021

My hands, my choice

DeSantis signs mandate limits | Nov. 19

Now that Gov. DeSantis has prohibited employers from imposing vaccine mandates, he must target the next logical mandate: hand washing. Every time I visit a restroom in a restaurant I see that tyrannical poster screaming, “EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK.” How dare an employer mandate hand washing? It should be an employee’s choice, not a requirement that they prevent the spread of germs and disease. I am so incensed at this mandate that I will no longer dine at any establishment in which the employees practice good hygiene. My natural immunity should be strong enough to fight off any germs I ingest when I eat food handled by employees who have no regard for the health of others. Sic semper sick!

Dave DeLuca, Riverview

Cleans up well

3 arrests after 80 loot a Nordstrom | Nov. 22

I lived in the San Francisco Bay area most of the time for 18 years. One of the main reasons I left? Vagrants, beggars and, yes, thieves have the run of the place. Shopkeepers are treated like dirt. It’s impossible to walk around downtown San Francisco without being pestered by “the homeless” and navigating around bums camped on the sidewalk. There is literally an industry of activists protecting them. For a couple of years I knocked around the country living in rented rooms and working odd jobs. I was always able to get work anywhere instantly by dressing neatly and taking whatever job was offered. I could walk into a labor agency like Manpower and get work on the spot, despite the room being full of guys with their little bottle in a brown paper bag, dreaming of going to San Francisco.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Ship your gun

Atlanta airport checkpoint chaos: Man grabs gun, it goes off | Nov. 21

The chaos and negative impact on the entire U.S. air transport system did not need to happen. The solution is straightforward: a federal law banning all firearms on any commercial aircraft. The public, hunters, anyone legally allowed to have a weapon, etc., must ship their weapon to their destination. Why such federal law does not exist suggests the power of the gun lobby and politicians’ cowardliness.

Jay Hall, Tampa