Letters to the Editor — Aug. 12, 2021


The Issue: President Biden’s criticism of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to implement vaccine passports.

I agree with Karol Markowicz on President Biden’s attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis, but I think it is for more immediate reasons than that the governor is a threat in 2024 (“Why Joe Hates DeSantis,” PostOpinion, Aug. 9).

The real reason is that DeSantis directly linked the COVID outbreak in Florida to the infected illegals Biden is shipping across the country.

The link matters because it means Biden is quite literally killing Americans with his policy disaster on the border. This is a preemptive strike by Biden out of pure panic, since the public making a direct link between Biden’s border disaster and COVID will collapse his weak public support.

James Barends

Wayne, Pa.

DeSantis’ arrogance is criminal. His attitude regarding the safety of schoolchildren, and in fact all Florida’s citizens, is in violation of his responsibility as governor.

The coronavirus is airborne, so the proper use of a mask can block its transmission. DeSantis’ refusal to allow local school boards to mandate masking puts the children and their families at risk.

Claiming that it should be the parents’ choice whether or not to mask their children denies his responsibility for public safety.

His opposition to vaccine passports further illustrates his reckless disregard for public safety.

Irving A. Gelb

North Bergen, NJ

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know why Biden is verbally jabbing DeSantis.

For those who haven’t noticed, DeSantis poses a threat to Democrats in 2024.

As a progressive governor and strong leader, DeSantis will not allow Biden to destroy him. Florida is the “stand your ground” state. And De­Santis is standing his ground over mask mandates.

The most immediate threat to our nation is Biden’s open-border policy, allowing migrants from Latin American countries, many with variants of COVID-19, pour across the border in unprecedented numbers and re-infect our nation — all of which is counterproductive to the health, safety and welfare of America.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater, Fla.

The situation in Florida with the continued spread of the Delta variant has really gotten out of control.

Hospitals and medical personnel across the state are overwhelmed with sick, mostly unvaccinated patients, and the numbers continue growing each day.

Vaccinations are the only way that the pandemic in Florida, as well as the rest of the country, will finally be brought under control.

These vaccines are safe, effective and have very few side effects. The time has come for politics to be pushed aside and let medicine take over here.

Also, the flow of illegal immigrants into Florida and other sections of the country must be stopped at once.

To all Americans: Get yourselves and your families vaccinated as soon as possible.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Biden has the audacity to attack DeSantis on his common-sense COVID policies for Florida, just because he intends to let children and adults live free with precaution.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration opens the border wider every day, letting in the unvaccinated, criminals, drug dealers, rapists and sex traffickers.

The Biden administration is failing to protect America from foreign and domestic terror.

Hands off DeSantis, Joe. Finish the wall. Stop taking orders from the looney-left radicals in your party and protect and defend America now.

JR Cummings


Why all the media attention on Florida?

Areas of New York and New Jersey also have high rates of COVID-19 transmission that fall within the CDC guidelines for indoor masking of vaccinated people, but New York and New Jersey have also not issued any mandates for universal indoor masking.

William Fidurski

Clark, NJ

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