Letters to the editor for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Letters to the editor for Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1

COVID outlook bleak in Florida

The stock market plummets due to the effects on the economy. It seems to coincide with those who choose not to inoculate themselves against this deadly disease as they continue to believe in false conspiracies rather than in science or their doctor. It has been reported nearly 100 percent of new deaths due to the Delta variant could have been avoided had the person been vaccinated.

We now rank among the highest in the nation for COVID infections. Between various chicanery from news stations and Gov. DeSantis selling “Don’t Fauci my Florida” T-shirts, I can only assume we will be in this fiasco for quite some time.

Emily Walz, Naples

Publish more local COVID statistics

Since DeSantis has made it very difficult for the average citizen to get COVID stats could you please publish each week the breakdown by ZIP code of new cases so that we may make informed decisions?

Lee Oldershaw, Marco Island

Show reality of COVID illness, death

In the case of COVID-19 illness and deaths, I believe a picture is worth a thousand words. The News-Press posts pictures of real events such as the people supporting Cuba, Black Lives Matter, and various events that strike a chord with your readers.

During the Vietnam War, television stations would show body bags coming off airplanes every night.

Why not show the reality of COVID?  Why not show pictures of people dying on respirators? Someone might wake up and realize the effects of not getting vaccinated.

Barbara Gribin, Fort Myers

Let cruise lines set their standards

Florida’s dictates to the cruise industry go directly against Republicans’ claims of being business-friendly. Give the cruise lines the freedom to set their own standards, and then let consumers choose which cruise line they prefer.

Paula Davidson, Naples

Protests demonstrate Republican hypocrisy

The recent demonstrations by supporters of the Cuban people, blocking roads and highways in several Florida cities, gained the approval of our governor because “(t)hey’re much different situations.” Different from Black Lives Matter demonstrators because the Cubans were peaceful. Last summer the BLM protesters in Florida were largely peaceful, as state Rep. Driskell mentioned, but DeSantis still called for passage of HB 1, the “anti-riot law.”

The Cuban-Americans violated the provisions of HB 1 with impunity. That law doesn’t provide for the governor’s differentiation between peaceful and unpeaceful blocking of streets, roads and highways. Thereunder, any blocking is illegal. Can there be any doubt that had the road-blocking demonstrators for Cuba, or any other cause, been Black, DeSantis would have called for mass arrests?

This is a classic example of Republican hypocrisy and catering to their base. Our laws should be applied equally, without favoritism, and the federal court should declare HB 1 unconstitutional.

Dennis Rodgers, Fort Myers

Party loyalty over all else un-American

My former party (GOP), is simply a shell of it’s once noble self. I left this party, due to the fact they demanded I and others sign a loyalty oath to the party itself. Not to our nation. Not to our state. Not even to the constituents; but the party itself. Party over all else is not an American value! In fact there are many examples of party loyalty throughout this world’s history. I respectfully ask all to join a no party affiliation movement.

Robert Jenkins, Naples

Governor’s COVID stance threatens economy

I am a former resident of Naples, where my husband’s family has deep roots, his grandfather having been one of the founders and his uncle a former mayor. I and many of my elderly friends would love to spend our winters in Florida but the worsening spread of the virus compounded by the dangerous Delta variant are a definite deterrent. I and a friend booked a place in Sarasota for February but will have to cancel if the situation does not change. One of the reasons for the choice was the vast array of cultural attractions there which will likely have to be closed.

Gov. DeSantis, I am hoping that, since moral and humanitarian appeals do not move you to strongly encourage the vaccination of all eligible Floridians, perhaps an economic one will. Surely you are courting an enormous drop in revenue if, as would be likely, all Florida attractions had to close. Not allowing cruise ships to require vaccination passports could kill that too.


I know you are not a stupid or ignorant man — Yale, Harvard, cum laude etc. — so I cannot understand your stance against science and all the worldwide evidence of the efficacy of the vaccines. I can only conclude that you have succumbed to a mad urge for authoritarian power. I hope you recover soon for all our sakes.

Patricia Ordway, Rollinsford, NH

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