Letters to the editor | President Biden's misery index

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President Biden's misery index

In 1976 Jimmy Carter used the “misery index” to handily defeat President Gerald Ford.

However, by the end of Carter’s term the index had increased by 36% allowing Ronald Reagan to send Carter back to Plains.

Joe Biden, not to be outdone, has reigned over a 56% increase in the misery index in just 18 months.

Add to that consumer sentiment being at its lowest level in the history of that metric.

Mathematical proof – Jimmy Carter is now No. 2 in his category.

Len Cayce, St. Augustine Beach

Arts, culture and the mental health disconnect

We have had over 60 columns and letters published on mental health. For those who have read some of them, obvious we are not professional journalists. Just average parents providing first-hand experiences with this mental health nightmare.

First, we quote a recent story by Jay Handelman of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

"Arts and cultural funding doubled in new state budget. The budget signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis allocates slightly more than $59 million for three major grant categories, up from the $26.7 million last year." (The St. Augustine Record, June 21, 2022)

We believe another article is worth the read.

"WSJ Opinion: Mental Illness is America's next Pandemic" by Daniel Henninger, May 18. (The Wall Street Journal, on.wsj.com/3HQwDdV)

Many of our submissions have addressed Florida's dismal performance with mental health funding. Not against the arts, but we question our budget priorities.

The upcoming shortfalls with the current economic downturn are inevitable. Where will that leave so many in need?

We close with one of our previous statements.

Why are we blind to the pain of so many citizens who desperately need mental health care? Is this who we really are as a society?

Richard and Kathleen Marquis, St. Augustine

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