Sunday's letters: Fatal COVID cover-up, campaign hysteria, China no friend, more

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Ben Frazier, founder of Northside Coalition of Jacksonville and a community activist, speaks during a Free Florida Jacksonville Rally in front of the Duval County Courthouse in January. The rally was held to raise awareness of the problems with Florida's COVID response, voting rights and security in marginalized communities.
Ben Frazier, founder of Northside Coalition of Jacksonville and a community activist, speaks during a Free Florida Jacksonville Rally in front of the Duval County Courthouse in January. The rally was held to raise awareness of the problems with Florida's COVID response, voting rights and security in marginalized communities.

Governor responsible for COVID deaths

Gov. Ron DeSantis has blood on his hands. In Florida, a total of almost 80,000 people have died of COVID, with the weekly average spiking by hundreds, as reported in this newspaper (“Florida COVID-19 deaths see big jump,” Aug. 2).

Unlike in most other states, a majority of COVID deaths in Florida occurred after a safe and effective vaccine was available.

Meanwhile, the DeSantis administration promotes disinformation, withholds data and delays critical care, such as vaccinations for children. DeSantis’ “official story” that everything is fine sounds a lot like the governments he criticizes, such as China and Cuba.

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Manipulating information to give the appearance of good performance is a well-known tactic of authoritarian regimes.

How many deaths are acceptable to DeSantis in his quest for power and political gain? If he is such a great governor, why must he resort to Orwellian doublethink and disinformation?  Florida and the U.S. must not be fooled again.

Kristin Hoffschmidt, Venice

Elect candidates who support choice

The state of Kansas, which Donald Trump won by roughly 15 points in 2020, voted overwhelmingly in its August primary to retain language in the Kansas Constitution that protects a woman’s right to choose an abortion.

One factor was turnout, according to the Kansas City Star. The number of votes cast was more than double that cast in the 2018 primary.

While neither the August primary nor the November general election in Florida contains specific amendments related to a woman’s right to choose, voters will have a chance to select elected officials whose values reflect those of their constituents.

As Floridians vote in the upcoming elections, we must ask ourselves where each candidate stands on the issue of a woman’s right to choose.

For example, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning abortion in Florida after 15 weeks of pregnancy. He has hinted he would like to do more.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is also on the ballot, recently joined his Republican colleagues in blocking a bill that would solidify abortion rights.

It’s time for Floridians to show up and vote.

Kathleen B. Davey, Punta Gorda

Political campaigns all noise, zero effect

My son tells me to disengage from the theatrics of state and national politics. He may well be right; it’s an exercise in futility.

The hysteria from both sides results in zero positive effect for the citizens of this great country.

Democrats bemoan the end of democracy if Republicans take control of Congress in January 2023.

Republicans accurately point at Democrats’ state of lawlessness that encompasses the U.S.: porous borders, unchecked human trafficking, an incalculable influx of drugs and a catastrophic decline in U.S. respect throughout the world.

Members of both parties pound the lectern and encourage citizens to get out and vote under the auspices of “saving” the country.

We may see unprecedented turnout in November. I predict, however, that there will be no perceptible change in degree of representation for U.S. citizens, no matter who is elected or controls Congress.

We citizens must force our elected officials to adhere to the Constitution, accept permanent term limits and vote “with the consent of the governed,” to list a few demands.

We’ll never gain control of our government via sufferance and procrastination. If we tolerate the status quo and fail to act, we deserve no quarter to protest!

Thomas C. Bunting, Sarasota

Chinese government is not our friend

I’m not a fan of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but I admire the fact that she followed through with her plans to visit Taiwan despite all the threats and rhetoric from China.

America needs to wake up and realize that the Chinese Communist Party is not our friend. Make no mistake, the CCP’s goal is to rule the whole world.

COVID made it very clear that the U.S. needs to make manufacturing here in our own country a top priority. Whether it’s pharmaceuticals, microchips, solar panels, etc., it needs to be made in the USA!

As consumers, we also need to read labels. If a product is made in China, maybe we can put it back on the shelf and find a similar item that isn’t made in China.

Tom Allman, Sarasota

Anti-communism course nothing new

I hate to tell the writer of “Communism course to indoctrinate students,” but Florida had a high school anti-communism course in my time.

I graduated in 1964 from Riverview High. All students had to take “Problems in American Democracy,” which included nine weeks of Americanism versus communism.

I don’t know if the course is still taught.

There was nothing about Republicans or Democrats mentioned. The letter writer is trying to make a problem where one doesn't exist.

Richard Englund, North Port

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Governor part of deadly COVID cover-up, support choice at the polls