Excessive construction creates unrest in Sarasota, angry Biden speech
Once beautiful overcrowded, oversized city
I have lived in Sarasota since 1967 and the once quiet, uninhabited and beautiful area has had many new “facelifts” since I arrived.
Many changes have been very positive for our growth. But what is being done in our once beautiful city today is a travesty. There is such a term as overbuilding. Just look at Miami, Fort Lauderdale, etc.
We, the taxpaying citizens, are called upon to endure excessive construction which has created and will continue to create unrest. These are our communities and our neighborhoods, yet we have very little influence on the increase in construction.
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I am appalled by the decision that was taken on January 4th regarding the future of Siesta Key (“Siesta Key Incorporation dies”, January 5th). These politicians are our employees. What is going on?
There has to be a better way; we cannot continue to increase our population in Sarasota without improving roads, bridges, etc.
Pam Conner, Osprey
Biden’s speech promotes division
After Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in 2011, The New York Times (Paul Krugman) ran a famous op-ed against “eliminationist rhetoric.”
One of the few prominent politicians who changed his rhetoric in response was Senator Chuck Schumer, who gave up his habit of sprinkling his critics with images of daggers – a “dagger in the heart” or a “dagger in the throat.” I haven’t heard him use those words in the decade since.
The power of that brutal image was reflected in your front-page headlines and in the PA article on January 7: “Biden denounces Trump / President says January 6 rioters held ‘a dagger at the throat of democracy ”during the anniversary speech. History called his speech “loud” and “blistering”, with “his voice booming at times.”
I don’t know how much I agree with the NYT that such words are corrosive and invite real violence, but I do know what they don’t: reconciliation and progress. Biden’s speech unleashed anger and traded in the opportunity to begin to bridge our political divide, even though it demanded “unity.”
He has stoked the allegiance of those already engaged, but has done little to broaden the consensus this nation needs to govern itself.
Corodon Fuller, Venice
United States must fight disinformation
“Sweden has joined forces with France to create an agency to fight disinformation. The mission of the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency is to defend our open and democratic society and our free opinions by identifying, analyzing and responding to inappropriate influences and other misleading information directed against Sweden or Swedish interests. election ”, January 6).
Whether influence comes from outside or inside, in this writer’s opinion, I think it would be a big effort to take in the United States, where misinformation and disinformation is rampant and destroying our democracy.
Educating and informing citizens and empowering them to differentiate between truth and fiction is essential for the survival of our democracy. This education should begin in our public schools, where the required civics classes would expose all young people to the imperative to be informed and involved citizens.
Democracy, obviously, is not a spectacle sport.
Nancy F. Goldstein, Lakewood Ranch
DeSantis mandates violate the right to security
Gov. Ron DeSantis’s ban on mask, vaccination and testing requirements in schools and the workplace in the name of individual freedom of choice is a violation of the individual rights of Floridians.
It violates your right to feel safe in places where you play and where you play, and to have your children safely in school.
DeSantis mandates require parents and their children to put their lives in danger by going to work, school or a restaurant, the theater or a concert. They can be exposed to the coronavirus by those who are not required to wear masks or even be tested to limit their risk of exposing other vulnerable people.
The mandates supported by President Joe Biden are based on recommendations from experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases. DeSantis’ mandates are based on faulty medical knowledge or the very real possibility of a morally corrupt attempt to further his political aspirations.
Ronald H. Gottlieb, MD, Sarasota
The far right’s playbook of lies
The far right says its strategy is modeled on Vince Lombardi’s “Green Bay Sweep”. It’s just a room.
The larger game plan comes straight from Adolf Hitler’s playbook. Hitler’s problem, however, was that he had to deliver his lies from a lectern. If social media had existed in the early 1940s, there would be a swastika where the stars are on Old Glory.
Tom Foley, Osprey