Sow discord in Volusia
Bravo for your recent editorial highlighting the scare tactics and divisive policies that are being pursued with the Chairman of the Volusia County Council. I suspect that Mr. Jeff Brower has higher ambitions in the political arena.
PAT RICE:Volusia Chairman Jeff Brower and the unnecessary, divisive “resolution to nowhere”
OUR VIEW:The Council of Volusia closes Brower’s “Bill of Rights” attitude and signals a decline in patience
We have a Bill of Rights. Those who defend the action and quote civic lessons from school without acknowledging the current state of affairs are not surprising. This country ranks last among the great countries in the free world in health care. But we are No. 1 in the military budget! I’m not going to downgrade the good old USA any further, but we as a country still have a lot to do to upgrade ourselves.
His land was also bought up by American corporations a long time ago. The majority of politicians seem to be committed to their contributors. Money rules the game, just like a game of Monopoly, except that people’s lives are at stake and it starts from below.
I’ve always attended the civic sections and am new to the area, recently retired. I am very interested in the quality of life in my new home and plan to further improve my neighborhood in some way.
Maureen Archung, South Daytona
Teachers and first responders across the state will certainly be grateful for the $ 1,000 bonus this month. Regardless of what the propaganda alludes to, that money comes from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March. Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott voted no for the law. Flagler County Rep. Michael Waltz also voted no. We should all call these agents to ask them why they voted “no” to a bill providing these first aiders bonuses.
More:$ 1,000 employee bonuses make up the cut as Volusia spends most of its $ 107.5 million in COVID relief
Governor DeSantis also made the frustrating decision to spend $ 3.6 million in taxpayers’ money on physically mailing the checks. Why didn’t he just send the money to the districts, who could then have passed it on by direct deposit? Simple. He wants us to associate his name with the bonus. This money should have been given to the thousands of school employees who will not see a penny from this program. Bus drivers, caretakers, canteen workers, etc. They all did everything to keep the children in school.
David Morden, Palm Coast
Stand with the governor
Everyone who appreciates and loves our great Governor Ron DeSantis. Please email or call him a couple of times a week; You can leave a voicemail on his office phone.
For everything he does and what his family is going through, and the staff and everyone who stand with him to fight this great evil and keep this great state safe, open, and productive, let him know we are behind him to stand. He needs all the support and that would make him feel great and valued. Please make time once or twice a week for all of his co-workers and all those who stand by him and try to help him. He’s fighting a great, great evil.
Leslie Rakiec, Orange City
No freedom from infection
Let’s talk about freedom. It is obviously never absolute. We all know the cliché: Your freedom to swing your fist stands for my freedom to be protected from a broken nose or a black eye. In other words, your freedom to attack is matched by my freedom to be safe from attack.
So what freedom should be most important: the freedom to harm others? Or the freedom to be protected from harm by others? In the jungle, the former has priority; the latter in civilized societies.
This is what masking / vaxxing is all about. I am about four weeks after my 79th birthday and have had numerous “invasive” experiences with general surgeons, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, retinologists, interventional radiologists, etc. over the decades. She, and all the other members of her health team, all wore masks.
Why? To claim their freedom to wear masks when they want to? Obviously not! You did it to protect me. You accepted a small inconvenience to protect myself and other patients from infections that could seriously harm or even kill us.
We in Volusia County and other areas the news journal hits must ignore those like Governor DeSantis who allow the spread of disease, disability, and even death under the pretext of defending an imaginary “right” unique to animals who live there in the wilderness, not among civilized people. The rights that are important to us are to live free from harm and enjoy safe schools and communities.
Wayne Dickson, DeLand
Don’t blame DeSantis
Tuesday’s unsigned editorial in the News Journal encouraged misinformation from the liberal media. While it’s true that Florida has seen an increase in COVID cases, it is wrong to attribute that to Governor Ron DeSantis.
The editorial seeks to tie DeSantis to “money” as if it were benefiting financially from our rapidly recovering economy. But in this case, the money belongs to the Florida citizens, not the governor. What the editorial should have focused on is the difference between freedom and government mandate. DeSantis believes that Floridians are smart people and free citizens. As such, they should be able to make their own decisions about health care, masking, and, God forbid, the upbringing of their children. The USA Today Florida Network would prefer the government to make all of these decisions and control actions in all facets of life from business to health to parenting.
Why has the network not analyzed that the government directives it is trying to implement are the same ones that failed last time? If they are so effective, why are we on an upward trend? I realize this doesn’t fit very well with corporate or government history. But it would be a welcome change. In the meantime, Floridians should continue to get vaccinated if they so choose and show their good judgment and freedom. It has to be obvious to anyone other than the Florida Network editors. Otherwise the daily influx of people from countries with more mandates and fewer freedoms would not be as strong. Free Florida is a great place to live, work, and play … and to exercise personal freedom and responsibility.
Rob Giebel, Ormond Beach
A civil debate, it doesn’t matter
With so much controversy and rhetoric on the news and on the Internet, I thought a little recklessness was in order.
A recent conversation in our local pub illustrates the need for our politicians to practice more mediocrity.
During our conversation, which goes in and out of different subjects like the tide, someone used the word “independent”. Another immediately pointed out that “don’t care” is not a word. We discussed this for a long time and then our self-proclaimed moderator asked me to look it up.
“Wikipedia says:” The origin of “Irresideless” is not known for sure, but the speculation among dictionary references suggests that it is probably a mixture or a suitcase word of the English standard words, independent and independent “and for the first time in 1795 in print form published.
The conversation continued, with both parties disagreeing regardless of what the other said about right or wrong. In the end, the conversation branched out into other topics and no one was alienated or ostracized for their views.
Today’s politicians and vocal public often view any subject as right or wrong, to the exclusion of all other views. We as the public should try to influence a rather mediocre attitude. In the end, it would be better to get along.
Scott Bowen, DeLand
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