Letters and comments: November 27, 2021

New York vs. Florida rating on COVID

I found it interesting to read letter writer Al Genchi’s take on who fought COVID best: New York vs. Florida. My memory offers a different scenario from his.

Many of us Floridians tried to get vaccinated last January when the local health department started making appointments for the vaccine. I don’t know how, but hundreds of cars with New York license plates drove through to get shots for Florida residents as we watched. People started coming to Florida from up and down the east coast of the United States. I know a lot of us got up at 5 a.m. trying to make appointments to find the full list in seconds.

When I asked the Department of Health why non-residents were lining up here, I was told that Governor DeSantis had declared that anyone in the state of Florida was eligible for the vaccine. So that meant that some local citizens waited over a month to get vaccinated with our first vaccine. I took my husband in a wheelchair to Virginia and found New Yorkers changing their location from upstate Virginia to Melbourne Virginia. It took us two days to get through the rude and arrogant crowd until he finally got a chance.

Given that COVID was at an all-time high in New York City at the time Mr. Genchi mentions it, who do you think might have brought the virus here?

Sally Vangsness, Melbourne Beach


Research CRT before explaining it

There is a saying that is at least 120 years old that suggests that it is better to hold your tongue and sound like a fool, than to open your mouth and dispel doubt. I think Ms Sharpe, Mr Sharpe and Ms Estridge of Brevard’s Republican executive committee, based on their recent letter to the editor, would do well to reflect on this wisdom.

Instead of relying on hearsay from opponents, they should practice intellectual honesty by conducting their own independent research. I would recommend “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction” to learn exactly what the theory contains. Then and only then can we engage in meaningful discussion.

As a brief education, they and their ilk assume that “racist” means a white person doing or saying bad things to black people. It is indeed racist, but alas, it is only the tip of the iceberg. “Racism” is much more than that and requires careful study. This study takes time. It is also charged with emotion.

If they think racism isn’t alive in American institutions, read this sample from Bank of America which paid $ 335 million to the Justice Department in 2013 for discriminating against qualified black and Latino applicants:


The bank’s actions occurred between 2004 and 2008, decades after Dr. King’s statements. You would think that a bank full of smart executives would have understood long ago.

And, by the way, black people don’t want to rewrite American history, but they would certainly like to see more of it exposed to the public.

Francis Clifford, Suntree

Pastor Jamal Bryant, bottom center, leads a group prayer for the nearly 750 pastors, supporters and family of Ahmaud Arbery gathered outside the Glynn County Courthouse at a Prayer Wall event, the November 18, 2021, in Brunswick, Georgia.

Gun laws need a major overhaul

We need to remove the “open carry” or “stand up” laws from books. One authorizes the other to murder and mutilate with impunity, and to successfully defend self-defense by pretending to fear for one’s own life. Who can prove that you were not afraid, for whatever reason?

Recently acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse killed two people and maimed one while fearing for his life as a miner because he chose to open his “cool” AR-15 in the face of constitutionally protected protesters.

Ahmaud Arbery, while jogging when he was black, was harassed, arrested, confronted and murdered by one of a group of white men in trucks, whose father had just told Arbery “Stop or I’ll blow your head ‘I was afraid for my life’.

This country has a big problem when Rittenhouse is immediately hailed as a hero by Republican lawmakers and white nationalist groups and websites (vdare.com). In fact, Reps Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) have offered an internship at Rittenhouse. Tucker Carlson had a film crew at the trial, then glorified it last week on his show.

It’s crazy that there are more guns than people in the country, and laws allowing the open carrying of military-style rifles, with the legal “prison release card” to claim “to have. fear for my life “.

We need to go back to Universal Concealed Carry by Permit and restrict military grade weapons inside the house you are legally protecting. Is this really too big a request?

Jeff Dorman, Satellite Beach

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