Today's letters: Readers comment on military pay, DeSantis and Trump
Military pay cut
After reading the article concerning the defense bill signed by Joe Biden, I was appalled at the amount of the pay raise being given to our military of 2.7%. Inflation due to the foolish and absurd socialist policies of the Obama — sorry, Biden — regime have lowered the value of our currency and increased our national debt to levels bordering on bankruptcy. With inflation based on cost of living at 5.9%, the Democratic socialists have cut our military pay by 3.2%. Through their absurd vaccination mandates, they have caused many of our devoted patriotic military personnel to be removed from service and discharged.
Americans deserve competent, patriotic, fiscally sound leadership, which the Biden regime has absolutely no idea to provide.
Dave Hocevar, Yalaha
Don't you wonder?
Florida leads the country in COVID infections, so Gov. DeSantis and his questionable state surgeon general's solution is to suppress the amount of tests. Perhaps to make his numbers look better? Who does this remind you of?
Next, I heard on the news recently that the governor has obtained 15,000 doses of Regeneron antibodies. How strange when tests have already determined that it does not work on Omicron! Might this have anything to do with the fact that the CEO of the company that makes Regeneron was a very large donor to the PAC that helped DeSantis get elected? Oh, and of course Regeneron is an intravenous treatment that is paid for by the federal government at the price of $150 per treatment, while a COVID vaccine is $40. It kinda makes you wonder who is profiting here, doesn't it? You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours?
I have lived in four different states in my life, but never have I seen a more corrupt state than Florida.
The most secure election in history took place in 2020, especially in Florida, so now the governor is putting a team to investigate any wrongdoing that may happen. Does he really believe we're that gullible? Just who's fooling who?
Donna McClelland, Leesburg
Criminal charges ahead
I have been following a story by Rachel Maddow recently about five states that literally forged and changed the election slate documents from Joe Biden to Donald Trump illegally, and submitted these documents to authorities in hopes of altering the certification of the 2020 election. They failed, but the Maddow team of investigators wondered, how could such an act exist without coordination and conspiring? Well, emails discovered from the Jan. 6 commission investigation appear to point the finger at Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff. He responded to an email request to help with this falsification by saying "I love it" and “I have a team on it.” Bingo — this gives Meadows something else to think about while he is refusing a subpoena, and facing a possible indictment. Also, all of the individuals who signed the forged above documents can be prosecuted under both state and federal law.
When we look at Trump's lawyers meeting recently with the Georgia DA, it appears the Orange Grifter may be heading for criminal election violation charges by summer. About time. I continue to wonder in amazement about the absolute criminality that occurred in the Trump administration — and the willingness of his followers to overlook everything. Hopefully the law will overcome evil. Kevin McCarthy is refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 commission, as is Rep. Jim Jordan. Makes one wonder, exactly what are they hiding? When we believe the absurd, we become capable of committing atrocities.
Michael Perham, Clermont