Letters to the Editor: May 15, 2022

Florida deserves a better governor than Ron DeSantis

It is time to analyze the reign of the Little Emperor and his achievements for the state of Florida:

1) a pathetic and anemic response to the pandemic.

2) a tie with Texas in the race for the political bottom of restrictive policies.

3) the restriction of freedom of expression in the name of parental freedom.

4) take local control away from democratically elected school and local officials.

5) solve a voting problem that did not exist.

6) perpetuate a system of gerrymandering to help your own ambition.

7) administer the state as if it were their private fiefdom and only those who agree with their philosophy have any rights.

Saddest of all, he will be re-elected for his abuse of the power of office to mislead voters. He has “solved” a variety of problems that didn’t exist and neglected rent increases, insurance cost issues, and many of the real problems Floridians face.

Freedom in the governor’s definition means freedom to think as he does! We deserve a governor who doesn’t use office as a springboard to the presidency. We deserve a governor who respects locally elected school and city officials. We deserve a Governor who coordinates and respects the office of President of the United States regardless of their political differences. We deserve much better than an autocrat.

Peter Glansberg, Port Saint Lucia

Disney, other corporations should not get involved in politics

There seems to be no shortage of published letters attempting to discredit our Governor, Ron DeSantis. A recent letter about DeSantis and Disney making Disney’s attempt to influence voters an issue of the company’s “free speech” makes no sense.

The Disney corporation and its awakening ideology have nothing to do with getting involved in politics, especially whether or not lessons from kindergarten through third grade should include the study of gender identity.

Disney’s corporate headquarters is in California and they felt compelled to bring their policy to Florida. No thanks. People are fleeing California and moving to Florida for a reason.

Anyone concerned about free political expression should write about the Biden administration’s new Disinformation Governing Board and its executive director, Nina Jankowicz. Only now is the management claiming that this would only be used for “external influences”, but I think we are smart enough to know the real reason for this new office. The elections are approaching and Elon Musk buys Twitter.

Jankowicz is the last person who should be in this position, but Democrats don’t care about appearances. They just want to win. He applauded Trump’s collusion with Russia, now classified as “disinformation,” and also said that people should view Hunter Biden’s laptop as “a product of the Trump campaign.” Need I say more?

Patricia Perrone, Stuart

Putin probably wanted to damage Biden’s presidency by invading Ukraine

Gary Lavorgna’s May 4 letter suggested that President Trump’s unpredictability prevented Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine. The letter reminded me of an experience I had in Helsinki, Finland.

I was there during the meeting that Trump had with Vladimir Putin in 2018. And since all of downtown Helsinki was effectively shut down, I was hanging around the hotel. At dinner time, I went to the bar and met a man with press credentials from the Reuters news agency. I asked him how the press conference went.

He replied, and I quote: “It was the worst performance by an American president that I have ever witnessed.” He said the only way it could have been worse was if Trump had spent the entire press conference on his knees! I think the word he used was “lean”. I tell that story to illustrate the fallacy of Trump’s “toughness,” which is just a myth.

Which brings me back to Lavorgna’s letter. The idea that Putin was somehow afraid of Trump is laughable. Why should Putin try to screw up Trump’s presidency, when Trump was doing precisely what Putin needed to do? Trump’s “unpredictability” did not play a role in Putin’s decision not to invade; Trump is tough only on those who don’t have the power to hit back effectively. And when it comes to dictators, Trump is very “predictable” in the sense that he has lavished praise on them without exception.

A more reasonable explanation for Putin’s decision to invade would be to try to damage President Biden’s presidency. Putin would love for his Trump son to be re-elected.

Joseph Desmond, Vero Beach



Comparing the situation of the southern border with Ukraine diminishes the horror of the war

A recent letter from one of my fellow citizens in Indian River County compared the situation in Ukraine to the situation on our southern border. Regardless of one’s feelings about US border control, such a comparison fails to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine. Every day the war continues, Ukrainians suffer mass murder, rape and the destruction of everything they own.

While there may be rare instances where the occasional bad apple commits a crime after crossing our southern border, the vast majority of our southern “invaders” simply want to improve their lives. As for the elimination of American jobs, for the most part, immigrants are taking on tough (but worthwhile) jobs that many of us aren’t willing to do anyway, like roofing, gardening, and dishwashing.

I don’t lose sleep worrying about immigrants taking away needed jobs that most of us aren’t even interested in doing. However, I am deeply concerned for the innocent people in Ukraine who endure unimaginable horrors every day. Let’s not diminish the severity of his living nightmare.

Hugh Aaron, Indian River County

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Letters to the Editor: May 15, 2022

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