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We will never be able to control the pandemic as long as Govs. Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott and other Republicans stop cities, counties, school boards and private businesses from enforcing mask and vaccine mandates/passports. Now we have the U.S. Supreme Court joining them, with its ruling that President Biden cannot use the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce vaccine mandates at private businesses and for medical care givers who do not get Medicare or Medicaid payments.
Of course DeSantis and his cohorts will continue to blame President Biden for not stopping the pandemic they are prolonging. Where in the Constitution does it say one American can take actions that can infect and possibly kill another American? That is like the patient who blames the doctor for not getting better after he refuses to follow the treatment or take the medication.
Ray Belongie, Sunrise
Florida's getting a '1984' vibe
Having read Frank Cerabino's column on the proposed recording of public school teachers for parental review of "incidents" and the actions parents could take against a teacher for essentially any reason a parent saw fit, plus reading Gov. DeSantis on Fox News about the "political agenda" liberal teachers want in order to teach kids to hate this country, I wonder if DeSantis is intentionally trying to lead our country into an Orwellian dystopia, or if he's just an irresponsible demagogue saying whatever riles his base to further his own political agenda. Did DeSantis ever read "1984" and, if so, connect the dots to what's happening today in America?
Bill Godshall, Boca Raton
Biden underestimates GOP
In Wednesday's press briefing, President Biden said: "I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done." What exactly did the president think would happen? Did Biden believe some magical collaboration fairy would come along and bridge the divide? Both parties' extremist wings revel in the "comfort of ideological certainty and the pleasure of being right." All this to the disservice of their constituents. Perhaps the president needs to remove his rose-colored glasses. Seeing the world in a positive light is fine but not if it impedes your ability to identify the red flags ahead.
Robert Coleman, Palm Beach Gardens
Biden is presidential
I had the pleasure of watching a two-hour news conference given by person who truly proved he is equipped emotionally and intellectually to be president, Joe Biden. Biden never uttered "fake news" or "get him out here." He didn't storm off the podium in a hissy fit because an overblown sense of self, as his predecessor did on many occasions. We truly need more people in public service like Joe Biden, unlike the cowards who still kowtow to a twice-impeached embarrassment.
Daniel Jacobson, Lake Worth
What's good for the goose ...
While watching C-Span during a congressional voting session, as the votes were bring cast, a voice announced that Congressman So-and-so will have his vote delivered by Congressman XYZ. It got me thinking. If congressmen can have their votes "delivered" by someone else, why can't citizens like you and me deliver votes to the Supervisor of Elections office on behalf of someone who asked?
David Swift, Lake Worth
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: U.S. Supreme Court plays Republican politics with vaccine ruling