Governor suppresses important information
Two recent News-Press headlines read- “COVID-19 cases surged 14.9 percent in Florida;” and “Florida to stop issuing daily reports on COVID cases, deaths.”
Ron DeSantis chooses to withhold important information which would reflect poorly on his leadership, leading into re-election time. His highhanded, my way, backroom politicking manner of governance is wrong for any state in a representative democracy.
Brian Levin, Fort Myers
Out of sight, out of mind
Gov. DeSantis apparently thinks if we don’t see the statistics on COVID daily we will forget it’s still here in Florida and maybe increasing lately. Unfortunately this may discourage people from getting vaccinated or taking precautions. Also out of sight are the governor’s ethical lapses in vaccine distribution. He is desperately trying to avoid blame and end up thrown out like his leader in Palm Beach.
Benjamin Glick, Naples
Governor’s political ambitions or safety?
Gov. DeSantis has discontinued daily reporting of COVID cases and is now reporting weekly in a different and less detailed format. His explanation is that cases have decreased and therefore it is no longer necessary to release this information in detail.
In a state that prides itself on everyone’s freedom to do as they please, I find it disturbing that Mr. DeSantis has decided what information Florida residents are entitled to have in order to make their own health care decisions during the ongoing pandemic. According to the last report issued by the state, only half of Florida residents have been partially vaccinated which makes increasing cases during the summer months likely. If that occurs, will DeSantis allow us to see the data or has he taken control of the information to suit his political ambitions? What furthers his career is of no interest to me. Keeping my family well and safe is.
Ann Frazer, Naples
Won’t cruise without vaccine assurance
I’m a year-round Naples resident and have enjoyed several cruises from Florida ports. I hope to cruise again, but only if that does not subject me and my family to increased health risk. Gov. DeSantis is willing to put us at risk with his devotion to the absurd position that government protects our “rights” by forbidding Florida businesses, even ship operators, from requiring proof of vaccination.
Indeed, a cruise line must take greater precautions than other businesses, as the thousands of people on board cannot avoid proximity to fellow passengers. That is especially the case in dining areas. COVID-19 is real, and remains a threat.
I will not cruise from Florida until I am assured that my fellow passengers have had the jab.
Bruce Beardsley, Naples
Identify unvaccinated medical staff
Those who do not get the shot are our next wave of COVID spread. Who speaks out for cancer patients actively seeking to be cancer-free with treatments?
I survived two years of misery and surgery to get where I am with maybe a weakened immune system. There is no way I should be treated by an uninoculated medical professional. Every medical professional and support team should be readily identified by some sort of visual sign that they choose not to be inoculated. It should be my right to refuse treatment from them.
Any hospital that allows non-vaccinated personnel to work in its environment does not put the patient first.
Robert Harris, North Fort Myers
Time to listen to Blacks about racism
Professor Thornhill of FGCU, in his op-ed about the anniversary of George Floyd’s death and what has happened — or not — in terms of anti-racism since, wrote of the predictable white backlash to all things Black Lives Matter. That backlash has been in full evidence in recent, almost daily, letters to the editor, which label the professor “an angry Black man” who is apparently more racist than any white American ever.
The ignorance of these letter writers and their denial of the very real systemic, institutionalized racism that is ongoing in this country, is breathtaking and infuriating. The notion that “all men are created equal” may be the ideal upon which the country was founded, but it is not and never has been realized in practice. Our federal government, the laws it has passed, the court systems and law enforcement, industry, all were created by and for the benefit of white people first and foremost.
It is not up to white people (and I’m one of them) to explain to Black people what Blacks have experienced. That I haven’t had to deal with the effects of racism on a daily basis does not entitle me to claim that racism doesn’t exist. It is past time for white Americans to really listen to what our Black citizens have been saying, rather than criticize them for opening their mouths.
Sarah Ridgway, Naples