Letters to the Editor – September 25, 2021

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Dubious rental

In reference to Governor Ron DeSantis announcing a new University of Florida professor as the next Florida Surgeon General: Awesome! Just what Florida needs. Someone – a doctor, no less – who does not advocate any mandate on masks AND who doubts the safety of vaccines, which have been approved by federal regulations and have been used successfully for almost a year.

As our country works desperately to conquer COVID-19 and its ugly variants, and at least 90% of COVID-19 hospital patients are not vaccinated, we have a hire like this!

Get rid of DeSantis. Eliminate him in 2022. He only cares about his politics and doesn’t care about the people of Florida.

Gail Walker, Keystone Heights

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Disclose credit scores

Stress and anxiety are known to be the main causes of countless chronic health problems that can often lead to death.

When city and county government increases taxes, fees, surcharges, and utility bills, it puts downward pressure on personal budgets across the county. This downward pressure often leads to stress because it requires juggling finances.

Responsible citizens try to keep up with the science of managing personal finances, which is reflected in their credit rating. All three credit bureaus judge us by how we follow the science.

As a gesture of good faith to the public, I want the mayor and the chairman of the county commission to ask their colleagues to disclose their full credit reports to the public. This would ensure that they are following the science of managing their own personal finances and not recklessly exposing the citizens of this county to policies that lead to unnecessary stress and death.

If policymakers don’t believe in science, they won’t think before they act. They would have no problem with the credit scores being in the toilet. Policymakers should be willing to disclose their personal credit status to assure the community that they are following the science.

Anthony Johnson, Gainesville

Free the hospitals

Unvaccinated patients (except those whose medical conditions prohibit the vaccine) occupy an important place in hospitals. The medical staff are exhausted; if you get sick, you may not be able to get an ambulance, surgery, or even get to a hospital; if you die, the mortuary may not have room for you.

A doctor told me he couldn’t order a cancer biopsy except for life or a limb; so if you have stage 0 cancer, you could have stage 3 by the time you get the biopsy. All because of the unvaccinated. Create separate medical facilities for the unvaccinated and free up hospitals.

Insurance should not cover payment for COVID treatment for unvaccinated people. If people choose not to protect themselves and others, fine, but let them pay for it when they contract COVID. Vaccines are simple, safe and effective. Look who’s in the hospital. It is not rocket science.

Linda Tuttle, Gainesville

No need to wait

The vast majority of people hospitalized, even dying of COVID, have never been vaccinated. Chances are, these people also refused to wear a mask. Vaccines help prevent COVID; vaccines save lives.

Tragically, hospital beds have, once again, been overtaken by COVID patients. People who refuse to be vaccinated play Russian Roulette with their lives – and the lives of others. This includes the lives of their own family members and / or friends.

Need to listen: Moderna, Pfizer – or the ultimate equalizer? No need to wait until tomorrow; a vaccine is ready for you today!

Diane Forkel, Gainesville

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