Governor, lay off the cruise lines
Gov. DeSantis may be a good politician, but not so much a businessman. Last week Norwegian cancelled more cruises and jobs due to his covid policies.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that cruise lines want to start up the safest way possible and avoid the publicity and expenses of a covid ship or that vaccinated passengers don’t want to be trapped on a ship with sick unvaccinated people. He seems to not grasp those simple facts.
Obviously, he is much more effective appearing at press meetings in Surfside and at the Texas Border than handling the policies of his office.
John Kuhs, North Palm Beach
Cuba embargo is working
For decades, we the United States have maintained an embargo on Cuba to undermine its economy and promote domestic disruption and pro-democratic activity. It looks like the objectives of our embargo are finally starting to set in.
The embargo has caused longstanding economic difficulties for the country, including severe shortages of food and supplies. The difficult economic problems in Cuba resulting from the embargo have led to widespread unrest.
U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was incorrect to say the protests in Cuba are over the United States. Rather, the protests in Cuba are largely over the effects of the U.S. economic embargo.
William S. Hunter, Boynton Beach
600,000 dead and he’s making fun?
Regarding “‘Don’t Fauci My Florida’” (July 15), Gov. DeSantis releases new merchandise: While Sen. Marco Rubio may think that items that mock the White House chief medical adviser and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are “funny,” I fail to see the humor when nearly 40,000 Floridians have died since the onset of the pandemic.
According to the article, “…the merch comes just as Florida became third among states where coronavirus is spreading the fastest.” In addition to the Delta variant, the politicization of the virus has exacerbated the situation. A Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that 86 percent of Democrats have had at least one dose of the vaccine, but among Republicans the percentage is a mere 45.
Moreover, the refusal to be vaccinated can lead to additional mutations that could be vaccine-resistant. Koozies that ask, “How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?,” trivialize the more than 600,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S., let alone the millions worldwide. DeSantis may want to ‘Keep Florida Free,’ but science is not the enemy here.
Our governor should be urging Floridians to get vaccinated, just as he did. To quote Henri Frederic Amiel: “In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”
Nancy Chanin, Delray Beach
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