Protesters uninformed and inconsiderate
I saw on protesters on TV waving banners in California, and in Michigan carrying assault rifles, asserting that the governors of those states were infringing on the right of freedom of assembly by requiring gathering places to be closed or limited by social distancing.
The protesters may feel that they personally can overcome the COVID-19 virus; it is a hoax and the number of dead is a lie; or the elite are oppressing them. But they don't seem to consider that it may be a real pandemic, and if it is real, their fellow citizens have the right to life and health, and they themselves are vulnerable.
There seems to be indifference to the concerns of others among many citizens invoking "freedom of assembly" inconsistent with its original intent.
Juliette Muscat, Sarasota
Anderson wasted talent on rant about beach
I read the Herald-Tribune for the local and Florida news. There are plenty of other places to read the national or other news.
But the paper is becoming alarmingly thin lately. I understand the economic strain and fully support the paper as long as you can keep printing.
In light of that, Chris Anderson's rant in the May 1 paper, “Open the beaches, lose the restrictions,” was a waste of space, talent and resources.
Among the strengths of the paper are the two Andersons (Chris and Zac) and columnist Carrie Seidman — I read them especially. It is a waste to devote so much space to a petulant complaint about limited beach access and not being trusted.
Even more of a waste since Chris Anderson is a talented writer whose column is almost always well worth reading.
Ed Hurley, Sarasota
Columnist right about government distrust
Chris Anderson’s column is a major tie that binds me to the Herald-Tribune. He expresses my views so precisely and courageously that sometimes I cut his columns out and mail them to people who have relegated newspapers to the past.
His May Day message, “Open the beaches, lose the restrictions,” is a good example. Could a lead be funnier than “OK, we get it … From here on out we are all salad under the sneeze-guard at Sizzler”? Or a statement braver than “I want to be Fauci-free”?
The closest I’ve found is Fox’s Sean Hannity joking that “apparently there’s a federal law requiring everyone to (worship) Fauci.”
While we’re exercising good common sense in fully opening our healthy beaches, may I ask for one more concession to the good judgment of the people? Could we please stop being told to wash our hands, as if it would not otherwise occur to us?
Between going to the toilet, picking up dog waste, handling garden soil, contact lenses, money, food and newsprint, unjamming the printer, applying lotions and sunscreen, and — yes — brushing off sand from the beach, I wash my hands at least 10 times an hour.
It is not something I need CNN’s Anderson Cooper — or Chris Anderson, for that matter — instructing me to do.
Jennifer L. Holmes, Englewood
Let elderly take their chances with COVID-19
Having turned 80 this past February, I am one in the “vulnerable” category for whom the entire world has shut down, bringing economic disaster, chronic anxiety, isolation and stark fear to a quarantined population at the mercy of "gloom and doom" TV.
Please! Do not do me any more "favors"! At 80, I know the countdown is happening, regardless of the pandemic. In case you had not noticed, we tend to die anyway. The world has always worked this way.
Being relatively healthy, I still enjoy and need all my outside diversions. I do not want even a minute wasted, deprived of the things that make life rewarding and beautiful.
Obviously, others in my age group may feel differently, but I know many who agree that quality of life is especially important when we are at the point of knowing we must make the most of every hour of every day.
The vast majority who will fall ill from this virus will recover. Not fun to be sick, but a given at any age.
Just let me take my chances. That is what a full, wonderful life is all about, the choice to take calculated risks. I ask that my opportunities not be diminished by those who would shut me away from everything that makes life worth living.
Susanne Isbill, Nokomis
Presidential election Hobson’s choice again
The May 1 letter “Democrats pushing voters toward Trump” made me realize that I am not alone in my disappointment over the current political choices.
Neither I nor any of my acquaintances voted for Donald Trump. Rather, we voted against Hillary Clinton. It’ll be the same this time. Do I pick a tone-deaf jerk or a conniving hypocrite?
Another reader that day asked if anyone had a solution. Of course, and it’s obvious. Just ask Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” which paved the way for the Declaration of Independence.
David Timmerman, Nokomis