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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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Coronavirus

Red state govs push pricey Covid treatments while fighting masks

By Dan Goldberg, Politico, August 18, 2021. Republican governors in some of the states hardest hit by the pandemic are pushing expensive Covid cocktails over cheap masks. The governors in Florida, Missouri and Texas are promising millions of dollars in antibody treatments for infected people even as they oppose vaccine and mask mandates, saying they can

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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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Coronavirus

Nearly 150 COVID cases reported in our local schools

By Nancy J. Semon, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Aug 13, 2021 Now that local schools have resumed, COVID-19 cases among students and school personnel are increasing. Health officials have said the delta variant of COVID-19 is affecting younger people. So far the Pfizer vaccine is only available to children 12 and older. Charlotte County

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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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Coronavirus

School boards, parents challenge DeSantis ban on mandatory school masks

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, August 13, 2021. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mandatory school masks, challenged by several county school boards and revamped by his own administration, faces an early test Friday in a Leon County courtroom. Circuit Judge John Cooper has scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit brought by parents from a half-dozen

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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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Analysis

DeSantis’ effort to blame Covid-19 spread on migrants is short on evidence

By Louis Jacobson and Miriam Valverde, PolitiFact in the Tampa Bay Times, August 8, 2021 As coronavirus cases spike nationally, and especially in Florida, a blame game has erupted between President Joe Biden and Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis. Florida has the second-highest per-capita coronavirus case load of any state as of Aug. 6, exceeding its level at any point

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Republicans

Senators Marco Rubio & Rick Scott reject bipartisan plan to create millions of jobs and fix Florida’s infrastructure

Today, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott voted against a historic bipartisan infrastructure plan that will create millions of jobs across the country, help the U.S. compete with countries like China, and fix Florida’s roads, bridges, and transit. “Marco Rubio and Rick Scott lacked the courage to do what is best for Florida by voting against

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Analysis

2nd Covid surge meets a different FL response

By John Kennedy and Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, August 9, 2021. Florida’s second summer of COVID-19 is looking a lot different than 2020’s midyear surge, when the state was locking down, masking up and eagerly awaiting the arrival of vaccines. One big difference: This time, there’s plenty of vaccine that

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