Gov. DeSantis, the ‘junior autocrat’
Does Ron DeSantis want us to believe that before he signed his so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill that our children were being used for sex and groomed for “gayness”? If one listens to the talking heads on Fox, one might actually buy into that. So I suppose DeSantis rode in on his white horse just in time to rescue all of our kids from these horrors that have allegedly been occurring.
My children went to school in this state and this great plan to recruit and lure them into the dark side must have been an extremely well-kept secret. I also wonder how they ever grew up to be so well adjusted when books were actually read rather than banned and history was taught rather than altered.
Now DeSantis wants to punish Disney for standing up for individual rights. Is he aware that Disney employs at least 80,000 people and that the corporation goes a long way toward supporting this state?
Or could it be that DeSantis is campaigning, not only for re-election in November, but for the presidency in 2024? I hope Floridians will recognize that this junior autocrat is taking away our constitutional rights, one at a time.
Susan Termini, Merritt Island
Time to stop bashing former POTUS
A recent letter writer is way off base regarding Trump/Russian ties.
Trump is not the president; Trump has not been elected to any office. Move on. Concentrate on Biden/Harris. Talk about their misdeeds. Get over Trump. Not good for your health still thinking about him.
Jack Golden, Melbourne
Coach Trump? Didn’t we fire him?
Ahh, columnist Bill Mick. Ever the sycophant trying to find a way to further the Trumpster.
Now we compare The Don to college basketball and coaching. The fact is that Trump’s already been fired once — in 2020 — by his employers, the citizens of the United States. Why was he fired? Like most college programs, when employers become aware of the actual character of the coach — in this case a philandering, genital-grabbing pathological liar of “huge” proportions — the employer will attempt to cut their losses and preserve their program by getting rid of the coach.
Now, there’s always going to be some people who want to ignore the facts of the firing because the coach appeals to their baser needs. Folks like Ron DeSantis, for example. As assistant coach to Trump, he feels the need to both defend him and continue his program, however foul, racist and misguided it might be. With lesser coaches like Bill Posey repeating the stupidity, trying to turn it into reality, you now have a very confused and disjointed program. Instead of trying to support the new coach and get the program back on track, we have a back-stabbing coaching staff (backstabbing each other, Trump-DeSantis right now) making a shambles of what should be a great year.
Trump was fired. As he should have been. It’s time to move on. He’s doing “great” on the golf course according to his press release from him… he should concentrate on his golf game.
Gordon HemphillSatellite Beach
Biden’s role in rising gas prices
First, President Biden blamed high gas prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and, now, the large oil/gas corporations, tweeting: “Oil and gas companies shouldn’t pad their profits at the expense of hardworking Americans.” How about his own role in rising gas prices?
After canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline construction, the following Biden initiatives restrict oil/gas production on government land:
New oil/gas lease sales were halted.
· Existing leases now require oil/gas producers to obtain additional permits for right-of-way to access lease locations, and building newly-required fuel-transporting pipelines.
· New regulatory requirements force producers to accumulate a sufficient inventory of permits to justify contracting oil-pumping rigs.
· Producers now develop existing leases more slowly because of uncertainty of future lease/permit availability.
· Biden financial regulators are introducing particularly restrictive environmental provisions for oil/gas producer financing, artificially making richly subsidized green-energy projects more attractive.
· Small producers have difficulty meeting new lending requirements to fund oil/gas production.
· Biden administration biases are causing some large oil/gas producers to buy back stock and reinvest in renewables.
These initiatives fulfilled then-candidate Joe Biden’s claim he’d gradually eliminate fossil fuels, and are directly responsible for average US gas prices surging from $2.38 to $3.58 between Inauguration Day and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Progressive Democrats welcome high gas prices that make renewables more marketable.
But, reducing domestic oil/gas supply, when 78% of our energy is produced by fossil fuels and only 12.5% from renewables, makes us dependent on unfriendly oil/gas sources we’d otherwise avoid.
A recent Harris poll: Only 22% approve of this.
Ed TaylorSatellite Beach
The slap that will reverberate for years
How sad that actor Will Smith will be remembered for a moment of pique. May we all keep in mind how quickly a rash action can change our lives.
Ann Carter, Rockledge