Political favoritism with virus vaccine
When Gov. DeSantis distributes life-saving coronavirus vaccines based on political favoritism instead of accepted public health policies, he violates his promise to serve all Florida residents rather than a select few.
From the beginning, access to the vaccines has been steeped in chaos. Who can forget scenes of elderly citizens lining up in the middle of the night for a chance to receive the serum? This was heartless and, from a public health policy, frankly embarrassing.
In his most recent decision to cherry-pick two affluent ZIP codes in Manatee County for special allotments, DeSantis demonstrated discriminatory policies. He should realize that the vaccine is the property of the people and he is the guardian, not the owner. It is not up to DeSantis to choose which favored few get the vaccine.
Even the decision to begin competitive online registration for vaccines at Publix pharmacies demonstrates unequal opportunities, because not everyone has 24/7 access to the internet. An inclusive and equitable policy would begin registration after libraries open for people who don’t have online resources at home.
The governor has an obligation to protect all residents. When he selects who does or does not get the vaccine, there could be life-or-death consequences. Every person meeting the public health guidelines should have equal access.
Abbe Finn, North Fort Myers
DeSantis shouldn’t honor Limbaugh
Our Trump-sycophant Gov. DeSantis apparently is oblivious to reality. The fact that the former president was silly enough to award Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom doesn’t mean DeSantis should be silly enough to honor Limbaugh by having the American flag flown at half-staff in Florida.
A misogynistic bigot who peddled right-wing conspiracy theories — (anti-Obama) birtherism, Deep State left-wing cabals, widespread voter fraud, just to name a few — Limbaugh was reviled by a majority of Americans.
What did Limbaugh do for America to warrant this honor? What will DeSantis do next, make a state holiday to celebrate racism?
Liberals and moderates need to coalesce to get people like DeSantis, Rick Scott and Byron Donalds out of government.
(Editor’s note: “Once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said Friday at a news conference in West Palm Beach.)
Barry J. McCall, Bonita Springs
Control home rentals for vacations
In an act of contempt against local government’s power to decide what’s best for residents, Florida has moved one step closer to destroying the sanctity of our communities. Committees in both houses of our Legislature have approved sweeping legislation to seize control of vacation rental regulations.
Our own state Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, in supporting the bill In committee, offered what might be the craziest rationale. After acknowledging her neighbors are dead-set against it, she voted yes because “this practice is going to continue, whether we regulate it or not.”
Kathleen, do you intend to apply this reasoning to enforcement of speeding and DUI laws? How about zoning and code violations? Why enforce anything when the offenses will undoubtedly continue?
Equally disappointing was the yes vote by state Rep. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, in the House committee.
Sadly, the real power is with the lobbyists for VRBO, Airbnb and Realtors. Why else would homeowners’ opinions carry less weight than those of visitors from out of state?
If you haven’t had a bachelor party or similar convergence in a weekend rental near you, your turn will come. We decided not to live next door to a hotel, but a Club Med could be coming soon.
Joe Trachtenberg, Naples
Limbaugh led vs. illegal immigration
Rush Limbaugh has died and America has lost a true patriot. Mr. Limbaugh said it right his whole life.
But we now have a president who just doesn’t get it and who will cause many people to lose their jobs, and for what? Our taxes will be increased to pay for the many who are crossing our border with the OK of the Democratic Party, which believes in come one and come all, even if illegally. I guess Democrats do not know what the word illegal means; the definition is “contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.”
My grandfather came to this country legally and had to wait at Ellis Island till someone who was a citizen could verify who he was. Before leaving and going to Chicago, he had to fill out the proper paperwork.
Under this new administration, anyone seems to be able to cross our border, fill out some paperwork and then disappear into our country before being legalized. When they first come into our country, we pay for housing and feeding illegal immigrants. Our national debt is over $27 trillion; how high is too high?
Are we still a country of laws or a country of suggestions with no follow-up.
John Semetulskis, North Naples