Letters from Readers: Commentary on farm donations, decentralized approach to pandemic and appreciation for America.
Liability issues block
donations from farmers
The biggest issue farmers are facing in not donating excessive goods is due to potential liability.
I recommended that farmers, by appointment, allow food banks to come and harvest the crops. The farmers could take a tax write-off and food banks would obtain fresh produce.
Farmers would be provided a waiver of liability by each food bank outlining they would not be held liable for any type of issue in retrieving the products or the consumption of the goods.
I am sure a local attorney would be willing to draft this waiver.
R.B. Juneau, Orange Park
Decentralized approach has
worked well for Floridians
Republicans in Jacksonville should be proud of our elected officials and their leadership during this crisis. Our area has performed incredibly well in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump should be commended for this decentralized approach as well as Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Ron DeSantis for following the president’s task force advisories.
As the disease relaxed its grip, so did government officials. While we should always be vigilant about protecting our personal freedoms, our elected officials have not given us any reason to believe these freedoms will not be restored once the virus has been defeated. In fact, we are already seeing the beginning of a return to normalcy in DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida.
For us, minimizing government power is instinctive. It is written into Republicans’ DNA.
As so many have risked their health and safety serving on the front lines throughout the worst of the crisis, we should continue to practice proper safety protocols and respect the guidance of our elected officials to continue to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.
Dean Black, chairman, Republican Party of Duval County
Be grateful for blessings
of living in America
Once in a while you read or hear of a commencement speech that is brilliant in message and simplicity. Nikki Haley gave one of those speeches. The former governor of South Carolina and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations offers two pieces of advice on living a life of gratitude.
First, beware of social media! It can destroy gratitude. Social media sites filled with carefully edited lives do not reflect the real world. Life is messy and those perfect social media lives can make us obsess over what we lack instead of being thankful for what we have.
Secondly, she advises us to be thankful to be alive in America in 2020. America is far from perfect but we have been blessed with freedom, the rule of law and respect for human rights to build a better country. Don’t take these gifts for granted.
Be grateful for them and preserve them at all cost.
D. L. Rausch, Atlantic Beach