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Am I naïve to think Senators Manchin and Sinema are doing what they think is right? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
Senators Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona, and Joe Manchin, D-W.V.
Senators Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona, and Joe Manchin, D-W.V. [ Associated Press ]
Published Dec. 27, 2021

A matter of perspective

Democrats try to ‘build back’ after Manchin tanks $2 trillion bill | Dec. 21

How come Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, etc., are standing up for the poor and preparing America for the future when they fight for their beliefs in Congress, but Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema are blinkered conservatives and disloyal to their party when they adamantly stick by what they think is best for the country? Maybe they’re all doing what they believe is right, they just disagree. Yeah, I’m hopelessly naïve, I know.

Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee

Time to fight back?

GOP billboard blasts Kathy Castor as a communist | Dec. 14

The Republicans of Hillsborough County have put up a billboard clearly implying that U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is a communist. Such a connection is clearly hyperbolic and has no familiarity with reality. Should Democrats in response put up a billboard, just as misleading, that a local Republican congressperson is an authoritarian fascist? When the Republicans were the majority party in Congress, they would tell the Democrats who opposed some of their policies to “Love it or leave it.” Should Democrats start telling Republicans who oppose this administration’s policies to do the same? Democrats don’t engage in juvenile name calling as much, trying to keep the political debate limited to policy differences. But in doing so, Democrats just look weak and feckless. Democrats certainly didn’t start the middle school name calling, but maybe they need to start to give as good as they get.

Mark Brandt, Dunedin

This could get ugly

Fair Warning: If this country doesn’t start pulling together it will go from the United States of America to the Ugly States of America.

Arthur McTighe, Tierra Verde

Not the way it works

DeSantis amps up rhetoric against critical race theory during rowdy event | Dec. 15

When I hear people speak about critical race theory, especially our governor, I assume they must be speaking about private schools. Anyone who has any association with the public school system knows that the teachers do not make up the curriculum. Most of the standards come from the state department of education, and in fact, under the last Republican governor, those standards were rewritten. Teachers in public schools have little flexibility. Any interested parent simply needs to ask the school or teacher, or go on-line to the department of education, to find out what is taught in any class. Maybe our governor should educate people about how the public school system works, and put a stop to the attacks on school personnel.

Susan Pollard, Seminole