Profane political flags
Monday’s article by David Dorsey was a real eye opener to many people. While we all knew that Donald Trump has no class we now find out that the people who voted for him may have even less class. They don’t care about exposing children to vulgar language and to their stupidity. We are now finding out that while rednecks, hillbillies and farm boys may live in nice neighborhoods, the are not nice to their neighbors. Grow up!
Mike Dicorpo, Sanibel
Looking forward to ‘President DeSantis’
60 Minutes used to be hard news and interviews with interesting subjects and interesting people. I watched the episode on Sunday night and was appalled. The attack on DeSantis was that of a professional hitman. Why?
The premise was DeSantis is corrupt. His choices to run the vaccination programs statewide have been questioned in Florida and the decisions were sound and financially responsible. Also, the unfortunate deaths due to Covid-19 while sad, our governor has been the best in the country keeping us safe and keeping the economy open. So why did this hit piece happen. And why was the editing so misguided?
No governor has clean hands especially Cuomo and Newsom and Pritzker. So why attack DeSantis? We have an election next year and the democrats have focused on Florida to destroy the next president of the United States — Ron DeSantis.
Jack Holt, Cape Coral
Article attempts to divide us
When I was a medical officer in the Air Force I was taught about medical triage. Triage is used when you have multiple potential patients with limited resources. Under those circumstances the patients first treated are the ones who are immediately accessible, who are at the greatest risk and who have the potential of the best response to treatment.
That’s exactly what was done by having pop-up clinics provide vaccinations to people in 55 and older communities. Thereby allowing many at risk patients to be vaccinated by the fewest people in the shortest time. In fact, according to the media, people in other groups have expressed fear of getting the vaccine, so by having these large groups of older people get the vaccine there is a greater likelihood that those who are anti-vax would change their minds.
The USA Today article “ How did wealthy cut in vaccine line?” is another example of the attempt to divide our country instead of unite it. There was obviously no medical scientist involved in writing this. Was the purpose of this article to help advance the vaccination process or was it merely an attempt to deride people who live in retirement communities?
Kenneth Wetcher, MD, Naples
I find it extraordinary that Mr. DeSantis, governor of Florida, is declaring the possible wastewater pond collapse (in Manatee County) an emergency but neglected to declare the COVID-19 crisis an emergency.
It appears that he values water management problems far more urgent than management of a devastating illness that has cost thousands of needless deaths in Florida. Talk about a double standard not to mention incompetence.
Patricia P. Kean, Bonita Springs
Florida voting law changes
I have read a number of articles in this paper about the changes to the above law. It concerns me that people would mention “Jim Crowe” in the same breath as the changes contemplated in this law. Jim Crowe laws were a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation. The changes in the Florida voting laws are not about segregation and treating black people and other minorities differently than white people. It is about ensuring the integrity of your vote.
To that end, the law would address ballot harvesting so that no person may possess ballots other than their own and their immediate family; no mass mailing of vote-by-mail ballots—only voters who request a ballot would receive a ballot; vote-by-mail requests must be made each election year; vote by mail ballot signatures must match the most recent signature on file.
This is not voter suppression. It’s improving a process to prevent fraud.
Nick Blauwiekel, Naples
Ganging up not appreciated
How convenient that the Naples Daily News/Sarasota Herald Tribune and 60 Minutes attacked Governor DeSantis and the State of Florida for their vaccination policies on the same day.
In the days of President Trump we called this “collusion”. If Mr. Anderson Cooper had ever been to the State of Florida, he would find that you have to travel no more than a mile in virtually every community in the state to encounter a Publix supermarket.
Admittedly the process to register requires a computer and a great deal of patience. For many seniors this is a serious challenge. On the other hand, they only have to inform family members and neighbors; and they will all be on the computer on the next open day to assist them. We do that in Florida. The pop-up clinics throughout the state in all neighborhoods are an important aspect the the vaccination program. The objective is to get the vaccine into as many people as possible as quick as can be done. Governor DeSantis and his staff are doing an excellent job on behalf of all Floridians and they should be applauded for this.
Bruce Foster, Naples