Thursday’s letters: Sarasota, Bradenton best place to live only if straight and white

Thursday's letters: Sarasota, Bradenton best place to live only if straight and white
Eating on the waterfront is one of the advantages of living in Sarasota or Manatee county.

‘Best place to live’? No way, says NAACP

Herald-Tribune Ticket Editor Wade Tatangelo writes that Sarasota-Bradenton is the best place to live in the country, but he failed to report all sides of the issue.

He neglected to report that the NAACP has warned that Florida has become openly hostile toward African Americans, other people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.  

Opinion:Why Sarasota, Bradenton area is best place to live in Florida and all of U.S.

More:10 ways DeSantis is making LGBTQ, Black and immigrant communities feel welcome in Florida

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I guess Mr. Tatangelo is right: Sarasota-Bradenton might be the best place to live in the country if you are Caucasian and straight. If you’re not, you have a target on your back. 

Alan Dee, Sarasota

President Biden is left wing’s puppet

Let’s face it, our leader in D.C. is a leader in name only.

He does not have press conferences and cannot speak without using a teleprompter.

His term in office has been taken over by the left wing of the Democratic Party, and he merely carries out the left wing’s wishes, whatever they may be.  

Our country has a serious immigration problem, brought on by President Joe Biden, that needs to be fixed. We are dealing with the worst inflation in 40 years, due to government spending and a failed energy policy.

The Afghanistan withdrawal that Biden ordered was a colossal failure that doomed the government we had helped set up. Our military forces are declining in numbers due to low morale, the failed mission in Afghanistan and “woke” policies being put into place.

Crime is rampant in our cities while judges appointed by Biden release criminals back on the street to prey on innocent people.

With this track record, Biden is running again, “To finish the job.” God help us.

Charles Dawson, Venice

Diversity vital to well-rounded education

I write this letter with a mixture of disbelief and frustration in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent legislation banning state funding for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs at Florida’s public universities.

It is alarming to witness the deliberate dismantling of initiatives aimed at creating a more inclusive and tolerant educational environment.

By staging the signing event at New College of Florida, a highly respected institution now being transformed into a conservative experiment, Gov. DeSantis exemplifies his relentless pursuit of a culture war agenda to please his base.  The drastic changes implemented by the governor’s handpicked board members, including firing the diversity dean, highlight a narrow-minded approach that stifles academic freedom and diversity of thought.

More:DeSantis signs bill banning funding for diversity programs

It is disheartening to witness these attacks on higher education, as universities should be spaces that encourage open dialogue and foster intellectual growth.

DeSantis’ actions reek of political opportunism, as he gears up for a presidential run, seeking to pander to a particular voter base, rather than prioritize the advancement of knowledge and inclusivity.

In the pursuit of a well-rounded education, exposure to diverse perspectives is vital. Cutting funding for DEI programs only reinforces societal inequalities and impedes progress. We should be moving forward, not backward.

John J. LiMarzi, Sarasota

Fox settlement comes as no surprise

In one of the biggest news events of the year, Fox News Corp. has paid what is reportedly the largest defamation settlement in history, $787,500,000, for admitting to lying and deceiving its viewers.

Sadly, many people are not surprised by this court decision.

Throughout the years, it’s become pretty obvious that the network’s underlying objectives are to spread fear and hate to the good people who tune in.

Take, for example, all these mass murders that occur. When a white American is responsible for these slaughters, Fox sends its thoughts and prayers.

If an immigrant or minority is responsible, the talking heads at Fox start foaming from the mouth, screaming, “Look what these people are doing to our country!”

And that’s what they call “fair and balanced”? Is it any wonder why this country is so divided? 

The hope is that because of this enormous settlement and the embarrassment of getting caught spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories, Fox will strive in the future to become a legitimate news network.

If that happens, maybe it would truly “Make America Great Again.”

John Bonano, Gulfport

Committee should not pick roundabout art

The citizens of Sarasota should decide what artwork is placed in the roundabout at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue, not a small group of people whose views may differ (and probably do) from the general public’s opinion.

All of the options (including the World War II statue that was there before) should be considered. 

More:Residents take their inaugural drives around the Gulfstream Roundabout

Whatever goes there will be there for a very long time, so let the citizens of Sarasota make that selection. They are the ones who will have to view it every day.

Lary Lindsey, Longboat Key


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