Letters about local politicians, DeSantis, migrants, Martha’s Vineyard
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to be ignored
Our politicians, from both parties, no longer care about the lives of their constituents and, unlike the old days, no longer pay the price of ignoring us.
Starting closest to home, our Democratic City Commissioners in Gainesville remain committed to ending exclusionary zoning to protect single-family neighborhoods, despite opposition from the overwhelming majority of residents.
Across the aisle, our Republican Governor is largely ignoring the state insurance crisis that is straining the budgets of every homeowner and tenant in the state.
Nationally, our Republican congresswoman has voted against every bill that would bring money to our district and instead talks about increasing crime, which is largely a local problem, and illegal immigration, which isn’t really a hot issue in our part of Florida.
Due to term limits, we are in the process of dumping the bums from the Gainesville City Commission, and in November we will have the opportunity to do the same with our Governor and Congressman. Based on what they have or haven’t done to serve us, we should reject them – but we certainly won’t.
David Shapiro, Gainesville
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Compassionate leadership needed
I was appalled and ashamed to learn that Governor Ron DeSantis ordered dozens of immigrants to be flown to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and left there. Maybe it was seen as a humorous stunt to curry favor with some, but basically it’s a big embarrassment to all Floridians.
Illegal immigration – no. Humanity and kindness — always. We can and must do better to find the balance.
In the baptismal covenant of The Episcopal Church, we swear two difficult things:
• Seeking and serving Christ in all people, loving our neighbors as ourselves; and
• Fight for justice and peace among all and respect the dignity of every human being.
These values are not unique to Episcopalians, but are central to the gospel of Christ for all who follow him. They are also rooted in the ancient and venerable law of hospitality found in Judaism and Islam.
At Holy Trinity, Gainesville, we pray for Governor DeSantis by name at every service. We will continue to do so, expecting fair and compassionate leadership from all of our elected officials.
Reverend Canon J. Fletcher Montgomery, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville
The importance of emigration
I recently spent nine hours at Shands Hospital accompanying a patient undergoing surgery. The care was excellent, especially after the operation. As we gazed around the bustling room at all the staff caring for post-surgery patients, it was hard not to notice how many caregivers came from other countries, here to meet a growing need for healthcare as as our population ages and the country’s birth rate falls well below replacement level.
Then the next morning, I read the headlines trumpeting DeSantis’ cynical move to rob hapless migrants – picked up in Texas, no less! – at Martha’s Vineyard. This utter lack of respect for human dignity is lamentable and yes, un-American, but not surprising in DeSantis, despite his self-righteous religiosity.
No, what is utterly astounding is his blindness – and that of other anti-immigrant fanatics – to the importance of immigration to our country.
Geraldine Nichols, Gainesville
There are two specific areas that have received a lot of media attention over the past few months. The first is that political workhorse called voter fraud. This is where the governor jumped on it and created a voter fraud police unit. Surprisingly, there has been a very, very small percentage of fraudulent votes discovered despite this enforcement agency.
The second area is insurance fraud. This is where insurance claims are submitted by home owners and business establishments when there is no substantiation for insurance reimbursement.
Unlike the first instance, this has a significant impact on the citizens of our state exemplified by the number of insurance companies that no longer provide homeowners insurance or have left the state altogether. Homeowners insurance rates are skyrocketing and the exit of insurance companies has left homeowners with few and expensive options.
Will the governor establish a police force to investigate this fraud problem that is costing Florida citizens millions of dollars in increased premiums and insurance companies billions in losses? Don’t hold your breath. This is another one of those issues that makes lawmakers glaze over and just shake their heads. Keep your checkbooks.
John McAvoy, Gainesville
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