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Coronavirus

Biden Is Right: Vaccine Refusal ‘Has Cost All of Us’

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2021. As Americans contemplate the prospect of a second winter trapped in the grip of Covid-19, remember that it didn’t need to be this way. Vaccines were developed in record time, and have proved to be both incredibly safe and stunningly effective. Nearly two-thirds of eligible Americans

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Opinion

Florida vying to outdo ‘Texas Crazy’

Editor’s note:  the following letter to the editor was published today in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. I’m from Texas. My wife is from Sarasota. Early in the pandemic, the lieutenant governor of Texas declared older folks should be willing to die to preserve a good economy. That gave me the early lead in our debate over

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Economy

DeSantis is ignoring workers’ needs

Editor’s note: This was published as a Letter to the Editor in The Daily Sun on Sept 5, 2021. Members of the Charlotte County Democratic Party have been collecting and donating food to food banks for almost a year. And the need not only continues but increases. There are a lot of people in this

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Biden's Vision

Democratic infighting can have only one winner: The Trumpist GOP

Opinion by Colbert I. King, Washington Post Columnist, Sept 3, 2021. While the Democratic National Committee leadership spent August on a “Build Back Better” bus tour across the country touting President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, and House Democratic factions were engaged in war over their party’s direction, Republicans have been prepping to launch their presidential nominee, presumptively former

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Opinion

Texas shows us what post-democracy America would look like

Opinion by Dana Milbank, Washington Post Columnist, September 1, 2021. Texas this week showed us what a post-democracy America would look like. Thanks to a series of actions by the Texas legislature and governor, we now see exactly what the Trumpified Republican Party wants: to take us to an America where women cannot get abortions, even

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Opinion

Where are Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio?

The state of our state continues to decline due to Republican negligence. Day after day, in city after city, horrific news about the toll COVID-19 is taking on Florida continues to spill out. Thousands of children have either tested positive or are in quarantine due to potential exposure. Hospital systems in Tampa Bay and Orlando

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Coronavirus

Ron DeSantis, how many Covid deaths are enough?

By Charles M. Blow, The New York Times Opinion Columnist, August 29, 2021. Republican politics have become oppositional politics: Deny the science, demean the media, own the libs. Conservatives are less defined by what they are for than by what they are against. Donald Trump put this concept on steroids because it was beneficial to him

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Coronavirus

It’s time to say it: We’re done with the vaccine refusers

Opinion by  Paul Waldman, Washington Post Columnist, August 24, 2021. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus, and approvals for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could follow soon. This could be a significant step in convincing the millions of unvaccinated Americans to finally get vaccinated,

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Coronavirus

Come together to end this terrible virus

The following letter was published in the Daily Sun on August, 22, 2021. For the record, let’s acknowledge that: We all are very upset, suffering and want this unbearable pain to end. We all want to be treated with dignity, our needs understood, and to be accepted for whom we are. We love and care

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Opinion

Biden had courage to act in Afghanistan

The following letter was published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on August 23, 2021. It’s impossible not to be moved by the reports brought to us by such brave reporters as Clarissa Ward of CNN and Richard Engel on NBC regarding the chaos in Afghanistan. Our hearts go out to the people of Afghanistan, especially women

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Face Masks

Govs. DeSantis and Abbott, in denial and risking lives, have betrayed the public trust

Opinion by  Michael Gerson, Washington Post Columnist, August 19, 2021. In Covid-19′s dismal fourth wave, some things haven’t changed. Vaccination still dramatically reduces the chance of serious disease. Mask-wearing and distancing are still effective tools in fighting an easily aerosolized pathogen. But some of the pandemic’s moral mathematics have become harder to figure. Because of

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Coronavirus

If GOP governors want schools to remain open, they will walk back reckless anti-mask mandates

Opinion by the Washington Post Editorial Board, August 18, 2021. In lieu of a pediatric coronavirus vaccine, masks are the best tool schools have to thwart infections. But instead of doing everything in their power to protect students, nine GOP-led states have banned school districts from requiring masks amid a nasty Covid-19 surge that is seeing record-high hospitalizations among

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Coronavirus

Poor excuses for not taking the vaccine

This letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on August 18, 2021. I am so tired of the fake controversy with the Covid vaccine. I am a three-time cancer victor. I got vaccinated ASAP. My family did as well, most of them, those that didn’t have their excuses. Mostly being “I don’t

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Coronavirus

DeSantis may finally be getting the message

The Daily Sun Editorial, August 16,2021. OUR POSITION: After lawsuits and criticism began piling up, Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken some action to attack the spread of COVID-19 in the state. It took a while, but maybe Gov. Ron DeSantis is finally hearing Floridians who fear the rapid spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.

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Opinion

Resilience & Persistence

By Bill Welsch, Indivisible Action SWFL and Charlotte Dems contributing writer. Recently, I passed a car with a bumper sticker displaying the word “Democrat” with a big red “X” across it. I later did a Google search for “Hate Democrat” bumper stickers. Wow! What a depressing eye-opener that was. I was left wondering: How do

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Environment

Who should get the dirty water?

Editorial by The Daily Sun, Aug 8, 2021 Top of Form OUR POSITION: We support the Charlotte County commissioners’ efforts to tweak the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan on where to send Lake Okeechobee’s runoff. We don’t want Lake Okeechobee’s toxic water. That’s a message we need to make clear. It wasn’t that long ago, 2017

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Opinion

Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?

By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, July 31, 2021 WASHINGTON — It was, I must admit, a virtuoso performance by Sean Hannity. Not since the sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” put a gun to his own head and took himself hostage has anyone executed such a nutty loop de loop. Opening his show Tuesday night,

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Opinion

Steube’s concern for ‘protesters’ misplaced

Editor’s note:  The following letter to the editor was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on July 27, 2021.  Please use this forum to express your opinion on key issues! It’s truly remarkable that a U.S. congressman representing Sarasota (editor:..and Charlotte) County appears to sympathize with insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol attempting to thwart

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Opinion

Disrespectful Steube evades tough questions

Editor’s note:  This is a letter to the editor published in the Charlotte Daily Sun on July 25, 2021 I’ve witnessed U.S. Rep. Steube’s biased disrespect and contempt. A town hall in Punta Gorda historic courthouse, mostly seniors packed in an 80-degree hallway while he stands in front of an empty, air-conditioned room. In North

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Opinion

DeSantis Mocks, Floridians Die

Editor’s note: this letter by a Charlotte Dems member appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on July 22nd. Please express your opinion too and then send it to us at this “submit your story” link. The budding presidential campaign of Florida Governor DeSantis is selling t-shirts with the slogan “Don’t Fauci My Florida.” Our Governor apparently

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