Kudos to Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon for her position on requiring office employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to retain employment. Everyone needs to be vaccinated, and more employers should mimic Ms. Gannon’s policy.
Unfortunately, I fear it will only be a very short time until Gov. DeSantis sticks his nose in and countermands her policy. His policies on the pandemic and vaccine have been abysmal, despite his chest thumping to the contrary.
He reminds me more and more of his mentor, Donald J. Trump, except that DeSantis speaks in complete sentences.
Hubris in Tamarac
It’s difficult to measure the height of my anger at the hubris that it takes for them to hire a special investigator for the purpose of discovering who spilled the beans on their previous acts of reckless spending upon themselves. Now, the prospect of even more tax money being spent for this inward-focused witch hunt almost literally boils my blood.
They, particularly City Commissioner Debra Placko, for her egregious remarks, will be hearing from me. I hope that other local taxpayers will be contacting them all as well, with a clear message that their time in office will be limited without a 180-degree change in their behavior.
Do I expect them to change? Surely I jest.
Bigotry in the Legislature
The white, mostly Christian, Republican Florida legislature is showing its true colors to the entire nation. What’s next? Another bill to keep Jews off school teams? Or Blacks? Or Hispanics? This overt effort to keep our school teams “pure” has all the earmarks of another purge like we saw more than 80 years ago.
DeSantis wrong on passports
Considering Gov. DeSantis’ stance on resumption of cruises, one has to wonder if this Harvard lawyer has lost some of his marbles.
Cruising safety has been of paramount importance for the CDC as well as cruise lines and rightly so. It was good to read in the Sun Sentinel of Friday, April 30 (Cruising could resume in mid-July) that the CDC eliminated its request for simulated voyages as long as 98% of crews and 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated and has vaccine passports. This action would allow for quicker resumption of safe cruising.
And what is our governor saying? No vaccine passport is necessary. It does not take a Harvard lawyer to figure out that taking such an action would jeopardize the safety of the passengers and crew. Who needs a governor whose actions harm people? No one.
A Republican diatribe
In contrast to President Biden’s highly organized speech to Congress, Senator Tim Scott’s so-called Republican rebuttal was a highly-charged diatribe against anything he could think of.
Almost everything he said was a throwback to the Trump administration, as well as his childhood “conversion” to Christianity. The senator even ended with a well known prayer. Maybe he should become a preacher. As a senator, he seems to lack the foggiest notion of what this country needs going forward.