Disappointed by column, letters

To the Editor:

I wanted to let you know how disappointed I am that you published Don Schilke’s column on July 24, 2021, titled: “Republican: Trump trashes the truth.” What was the point of publishing this? Donald Trump is not the president and I do not want to hear about something he may or may not have done years ago.

By publishing this article you inflamed the Trump follower’s and fed into their unfounded beliefs about anyone who doesn’t love Trump.

And....I really wish you would do a better job screening the letters you print. I am embarrassed for the people who write letters with so many false statements and crazy ideas. I now have to skip that section of the paper because so many of the letters are just too painful to read.

Alexis Lang


Trump was among worst presidents

To the Editor:

I just couldn’t hold back any longer.

Where did these “Trump delivers on his promises” people come from? What promises?

Like maybe the one he made to secretly pressure the Department of Justice to declare the 2020 election results corrupt? They now have the written evidence….a note in his handwriting telling the DOJ officials to declare it corrupt and then let him and the Republicans handle it from there.

Did he promise Mr. Mullin and Mr. Magill he’d do that? Is that one of those promises?

And did he promise to simply walk away from handling a COVID-19 pandemic, dumping it on the states to handle (which they weren’t prepared to do) and as a result 600,000 Americans died of the virus under his watch? Did he promise them that?

Greatest president since sliced bread? Sorry John Mullin and Charles Magill, but the beloved president who you believe kept all his promises (which is not even close to being the truth) is going down in history as the worst president in the history of the United States who came close to ruining our democracy.

Somewhere down the line you’re going to have your “Ahaa” experience and you will finally realize that all along you’ve been duped by this president who didn’t keep his promises.

Ross Benjamin


Don’t like DeSantis? Try California

To the Editor:

In response to those who do not like the policies of the best governor in the Union, maybe you should ask yourselves why people are moving to Florida in droves from states whose policies you like better. If you can’t figure it out, I’m sure those states would love to have you move there. I lived in southern California at one time, and it is beautiful and has much better weather overall than Florida. Don’t forget to write.

Robert Wilson


Vaccinate eligible children, adults

To the Editor:

I agree with our governor; I want children to breathe.

That being said, I don’t want them to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. As a parent your choice is clear: Vaccinate.

David Kistler


Masks don’t work, right?

To The Editor:

Masks don’t work. That’s why doctors wear them.

John Whitmire


CDC needs clearer recommendations

To the Editor:

In announcing new COVID recommendations, CDC Director Walensky noted that in rare cases, vaccinated individuals may spread the virus. “Rare” and “may” are two words that should not be used to support universal mask mandates.

Later, the NIH director stated that new masking recommendations were intended to protect the unvaccinated, and that “small” groups of vaccinated individuals could still gather maskless.

A Wall Street Journal article this morning (8/4) details the errors made in both the collection and interpretation of data used to support the CDC decision — data that were initially withheld, until it subsequently leaked.

There is currently no statistically reliable data showing that vaccinated individuals are a significant cause of current Delta variant outbreaks. There is much data showing that school children are not significant spreaders, and have mostly minor symptoms from COVID. Calling for the vaccinated to mask up, and all children to mask up at school are needlessly seeding mistrust of vaccine efficacy.

We need the CDC and FDA to do their jobs: 1) FDA must make a decision on permanent approval of vaccines (or report on their status). 2) Information on boosters, and natural immunity impacts are needed. 3) A report on existing and forthcoming therapeutics for COVID is needed.

Basing policies on incomplete or non-existent data helps no one. “Transparency” is often promised, rarely given. If agencies wish to have any public trust, they need to leave the politics at the door.

Roger Roess


NAR is to blame for evictions

To the Editor:

The eviction moratoriums abrupt end and the inability to extend have only one to blame, that blame belongs to the National Association of Realtors.

The moratorium end was forced by a lawsuit filed by two NAR chapters; the Alabama Association of Realtors and the Georgia Association of Realtors with NAR paying all legal costs. The Supreme Court’s June 29 decision ruled in favor of NAR’s position and made it clear that an extension would be considered in violation of the law.

Now NAR defends itself to criticism by stating that it was fighting for the mom and pop landlords who have suffered with no income under the eviction moratorium, however NAR fails to disclose that 38 percent of it 1,500,000 members are landlords (NYT -4/17/21). If NAR was so concerned about mom and pop landlords why did they not fight or file legal cases to get the $50 billion in Federal rent relief money allocated to states for just those landlords and of which to date only $3 billion has been allocated? It’s my belief that with home prices at such ridiculous and unsustainable highs that removing tenants and selling the properties is too big a windfall for landlords not to take advantage of.

It should be noted that real estate agents have to be members of NAR as without this membership they are left out of critical information required to be successful, additionally, brokers in almost every case require all their agents to be NAR members, therefore, what NAR does is not always endorsed by all agents.

I truly doubt that most agents know the facts as disclosed here and many will be disappointed with the actions of their trade group, at least I hope so because I find NAR’s actions reprehensible.

Paul Sloan


Rent, wages aren’t at same pace

To the Editor:

You have written about rents, 118 hours at minimum wage, homelessness, inability to pay back rent, dearth of rentals and many other dire aspects of poverty.

Housing, in some instances, in PGI, is up 100%. The county is raising fees 80% and Punta Gorda is raising taxes by 15% on top of a 40% increase in property valuations. Flood insurance is astronomical. Food prices and all necessities rising.

The only thing not rising is wages.

Doesn’t anyone see an alarming disconnect.

Xavier Narutowicz


Roommates aren’t a bad thing

To the Editor:

Nancy Semon’s article noted that “people need to earn $20.52/hr... to afford average rent.”

To fairly discuss rent affordability, figures like “number of jobs held” or “hours per week worked” or “number of people sharing rent” should be “factorized.” Semon notes 2.4 minimum wage jobs would need to be worked, but the 2.4 numerical rent factor can be equally applied to the other parameters mentioned for rent money accumulation.

The article fails to mention the tradition of sharing rent. i.e. 2.4 persons sharing rent. Or a person could share the cost of rent with a roommate which would change the rent factor to 1.2 for each person, or two roommates with a rent factor of 0.8 for each person.

The factor would be 1.0 for a person earning $20.52/hr since that person, living alone, working 1 full-time job at 40 hours per week could afford average rent. At minimum wage, the current factor is 2.4 with past factors being 2.3 in 1990, 2.1 in 2000 and 2010, and currently 2.4. Change in the factor based on minimum wage has been minimal over the past 30 years, but a change in socio-cultural preferences of not sharing rent may be a greater issue. The percentage of shared rentals decreased from 74% in 1980 to 63% in 2020.

With the fairly stable rent factor since 1990 and a concurrent decline in rent sharing, the socio-cultural mindset of living alone may have more to do with “rent affordability” than earned income.

Thomas Keith


Republicans following a fool

To the Editor:

Let me preface this letter by saying that I once ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio as a Republican.

The Republican Party has been hijacked by a bombastic fool. He is a pathological liar, he is racist, he is a misogynist, he is a bully. He mocks the disabled and Gold Star mothers. He lost me when he stated, “I know more than all the generals,” and again when he stated, “I am the only one who can fix it.” I would not allow this person in my house. Yet our two senators, governor and unknown numbers of Republican Florida congressmen suck up to this loser.

He has alienated our friends and emboldened our enemies. He loves dictators and would like to become one.

His running dogs have taken up the job of making it harder for minorities to vote using the pathetic whimper of the fool that the election was rigged. Any thinking person knows that Biden won the election. But these laws will not deter us. We will get our people out to vote. We will get them to the polls and we will see that they are not hassled by prejudiced Republican “poll watchers.”

Insurrection: The act or an instance of open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government. Sound familiar?

This nation will never allow the fool to dictate to us again.

Roy Ault


COVID comes home

To the Editor:

I recently received the following Facebook message from my brother. I hope it will give those who haven’t had their COVID vaccines a wake up call.

“OK my Facebook friends and family, you non-believers about the COVID virus need to take this seriously. I’m 74 years old and I’ve had several colds and flus in my lifetime, plus a heart transplant. I can tell you now; none of them came remotely close to when I had COVID. I never had pneumonia, shingles nor been in a coma for two weeks, all of which I had with COVID.

I have never been so close to death that I was put under hospice care, and went home to be with my family when I passed. The doctors didn’t think I would make it from the hospital to my home. This virus doesn’t care how old or young you are, what kind of health you are in, or your relationship with God. The new COVID Delta variant has already killed thousands of people, and so far, 98% of them were not vaccinated. If you have any respect or love for your family and friends get your shots. It’s the right thing to do.”

Bonnie S. Phillips


DeSantis needs better judgement on COVID

To the Editor:

Ron DeSantis is employing the same defective judgment that his mentor Donald Trump used in the early months of the COVID pandemic.

His clear failure to address the seriousness of the high rate of COVID infections in Florida by withholding funding from schools that impose mask mandates on students and staff and “coining” terms like “Faucian dystopia” are stupid, childish and irresponsible for a governor to utter. Like Trump he is playing down the seriousness of the outbreak by refusing to take any common sense or pro-active measures to reduce the spread of the virus to unvaccinated Floridians where the virus is out of control.

He should stop casting derogatory comments on those who choose to wear masks and heed the guidelines from the CDC. He needs to make it unequivocally clear that unvaccinated Floridians need to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their circle of family and friends.

Like Trump, who refused to tell the people the truth about the virus early on, his words and inactions are going to come back on DeSantis with a vengeance especially if school-age kids become infected in large numbers when they return to school in the fall. Parents who failed to get their children vaccinated because they believe the virus is not real, or that getting vaccinated poses a health risk, or just because they are Republican and supporters of Trump and believe the “big lie,” will come to rue their choice when they see that their decision played a part in their children getting COVID.

David Pavesic

North Port


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