Letters to the Editor

  1. A person reacts near Cup Foods after a guilty verdict was announced Tuesday at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven on Monday, surrounded by law enforcement, legislators, and police union representatives, holding up the bill he signed to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
  3. Associate Director of Pharmacy Ariane Schieber measures a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Ohio State University East hospital.
  4. Too often a routine traffic stop turns into an violent or deadly encounter, one that could have been avoided.
  5. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is load into needles at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala.
  6. An election worker places a vote-by-mail ballot into an official ballot drop box outside of an early voting site in October.
  7. View of water being pumped out of the south pond of Piney Point and being released into Port Manatee after a water breach at the former phosphate plant, where breached wastewater reservoirs had threatened the surrounding areas with severe flooding.
  8. Tampa's free Downtowner ride service is scheduled to end April 30.
  9. Pieces of lead called “slag” and other raw materials are stored in the containment room before being fed into the furnaces at the Gopher Resource factory in Tampa.
  10. Traffic on Gandy Boulevard heading east toward the Gandy Bridge.
  11. Apr. 12• Letters to the Editor
    Leanne Montenegro, 21, covers her eyes as she doesn't like the sight of needles, while she receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami. Any adult in Florida is now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. In addition, the state announced that teens ages 16 and 17 can also get the vaccine with parental permission.
  12. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature in March.
  13. Judge Christopher Nash is shown a picture of Lillia Raubenolt while presiding over Cameron Herrin's sentencing hearing on Thursday. Herrin was sentenced to 24 years in prison for killing Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt and her 1-year-old daughter, Lillia, in a 2018 traffic crash.
  14. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, addresses the crowd during a Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport last year.
  15. Apr. 8• Letters to the Editor
    A Tesla charges at a station in Topeka, Kan., on Monday. President Joe Biden and the auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but his big plan includes no carbon tax.
  16. This aerial view overlooks the site of the Piney Point wastewater release on Sunday in Palmetto.
  17. Apr. 6• Letters to the Editor
    Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday that prohibits businesses from requiring customers to provide any documentation that they’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine in order to gain access or service. Businesses that do will not be able to get state grants or contracts, the order said.
  18. Georgia voters wait in line for early voting at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta last October. The sweeping rewrite of Georgia's election rules that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25 represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump's repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden. Georgia’s new, 98-page law makes numerous changes to how elections will be administered, including a new photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail.
  19. Registered Nurse Annette Shelton of Med-Call Healthcare administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Cleopatra Sykes at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg on March 6, 202. More than 300 doses were administered to community residents who qualified. The pop-up site was sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health.
  20. A view of a phosphogypsum stack, far, background, and water management at HRK Holdings’ property off Buckeye Road on Tuesday in Palmetto,  where wastewater is suspected to be leaking at the old Piney Point phosphate plant.
  21. Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont.
  22. The votes on HB 1, known as the "anti-riot bill," are displayed on a screen after the bill passed during a House session at the Florida Capitol on Friday.