Phase 3 has come too soon | Letters to the editor

            Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference regarding COVID-19 at Broward Health's Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
            Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference regarding COVID-19 at Broward Health's Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

            Phase out Phase 3

            Now I have seen it all. The governor’s latest decision to open up the state, while precluding local governments from stricter regulations, is a flagrant attack on local control and the right of the people to make decisions. These were once concepts at the heart of the Republican Party. But, now in Trumplandia, the power derives from the top, not the grassroots. Worse, however, than undermining the power of the people, is the decision to prevent counties from enforcing fines on people who refuse to wear masks. The purpose of the mask requirement is to allow people to mingle without fear of spreading or receiving the virus. If people don’t wear masks, it will facilitate the spread of the virus and, therefore, undermine the reopening and what we hoped would be a recovery. This is mini-Trump at his worst; politics defeats science.

            Norman Marcus, Parkland


            O Canada! Our home and COVID-free land!

            Yesterday, Canada went on lockdown as the number of cases in the entire country spiked to 1,797. Let’s compare this to Florida, which had 1,948 cases yesterday and the governor has relaxed restrictions to Phase 3. I guess this is why Florida has had 706,000 cases and Canada has had 158,000 cases. Stay safe, everyone.

            Charles Smith, Davie


            Vote Biden. Do it for ... DeSantis?

            If I have to find one good thing to come out of a Biden win, it might be Gov. DeSantis becoming his own person and removing himself from Trump’s shadow. We need a governor who can think and make decisions for himself.

            Alice Tobias, Boca Raton

            Fight for your right to party

            In the Sept. 25 edition of the Sun Sentinel, Gov. DeSantis said he is looking into a “Bill of Rights” for college students, which would prevent them from being suspended by their college administrators for failing to adhere to social distancing and quarantining guidelines. His statement was in response to cases at Florida State University, where students held large parties and some students testing positive for COVID-19 refused to self-isolate for 14 days. DeSantis claims it’s too hard to control such situations, probably not effective and that’s just what college kids do. Really? While I understand that parties have been a large part of the college experience, this year is different. Unless both on- and off-campus students live in a bubble, their coronavirus infections are likely to lead to community spread. It’s not fair to college staff and community members to be exposed to this potentially life-threatening risk without a voice on the issue.

            Doreen Zaback, Deerfield Beach

            There’s no crying (or coverage) in baseball

            “The Heat made the finals!” “The Dolphins might win again.” “UM and FSU scored 62 points (52-10).” “Wawrinka tops Murray at French” “6 years since the Browns had a winning record.”

            These are the front page stories your sports editor determined to be the most important on the day after the Marlins record a winning record and advance to the post season?

            Twelve articles and five pages into today’s print edition, you finally choose to insert a poorly written and lame account of the Marlins' accomplishments. The only coverage you give us is stats and weak news services stories.

            As a longtime reader and baseball fan, I am appalled at your lack of respect for your readers' expectations and wishes.  I only ask “Why?”

            Ronald Grausam, Lake Worth

            A little known fact about Congress deciding elections

            After last night’s debate, I am terrified. Obviously, Trump knows he will lose the election. He needs a way to invalidate the results. There is only one path — contest as many states as necessary with as many lawsuits as possible. Keep appealing the results to the Supreme Court. Claim election fraud with no evidence. State election certifications will be suspended pending the court decisions. By delaying the official results of the election to January, the U.S Constitution declares the House of Representatives shall decide who is president. But it is not determined by each representative voting. Each state gets one vote. That vote is determined by the state’s congressional delegation. Although there are more Democrats in Congress, 26 congressional delegations have more Republicans than Democrats, while 24 have more Democrats. No decision means Trump is president as Congress will swing the election to him, 26 to 24.

            Charles Terban, Hollywood

            Debate Debacle

            For those of us who have debated in the political arena as well as those of us who have led debating teams, the presidential debates need some serious attention if indeed the purpose is to permit the public to hear cogent and uninterrupted responses by the candidates. Talking over, shouting and not answering direct questions results in cacophony and nothing is gained. Personal attacks as well as statements made as fact when they are gross misrepresentations, must be responded to uninterrupted by the affected candidate. The moderator must control the situation and the time of responses strictly enforced. Simple solution to cacophony: The microphone is turned off for the candidate not answering the question. An uncivil debate is a waste of time. This is not a rally!


            Gerald J. Luongo, Pompano Beach