Having read the New York Times articles as well as the “Unequal Futures” coverage by Sentinel reporters Annie Martin and Leslie Postal, neither article captures history. When Brown vs. Board of Education struck down Plessy v Ferguson the reaction was to develop “neighborhood schools. ” The Civil Rights Act in 1964 triggered an enhanced strategy by the wealthy. Zoning and property taxes were used to ensure minorities could not access their schools.
In 1962, my family lived in College Park. We were very aware of the difference in facilities in adjacent minority communities. When we transferred to Colorado Springs, we found ourselves in newly built mega schools and we quickly realized we were a year behind our peer group. Segregation was absolute. We were “minorities.”
Both articles miss that the Florida University System is structured to maintain the neighborhood school concept. Your reporting on board appointees and faculty suppression accurately portrayed the University of Florida. The University of Florida is not an elite university by international standards. U.S. News and World Report ranks it 99th globally. The pure academic rating globally is 188th.
The system is structured to provide wealthy white MAGA supporters to maintain their own personal illusion of financial and intellectual superiority. Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing everything he can to maintain and possibly expand this.
Rick Prochaska Winter Springs
Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s COVID policies are an embarrassment and a disgrace to the medical community. Why is he still a member of the Florida Medical Association? Why do our doctor members stand by and do nothing? Doesn’t their oath say “Do no harm?”
Peter Tuite Howey in the Hills
Gun owners and non-gun owners alike agree that permitless carry is a bad idea.
Permitless carry legislation is part of the NRA’s broader agenda to weaken and repeal important gun safety measures, allowing more guns in public and undermining public safety. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans in the Florida House want to loosen our already weak gun laws. They are part of the toxic gun culture that includes government officials who pose with their weapons in holiday photos and promote the NRA’s “guns everywhere” agenda.
If more guns made us safe, we’d be the safest country in the world. Instead, our country loses more than 100 lives each day to gun violence. Some recent studies show that states with permitless carry legislation are seeing increased violent gun crimes.
Carrying a gun in public is a huge responsibility. Most Americans support concealed carry permitting systems that provide firearm safety training and ensure that only responsible gun owners can carry concealed guns in public, but permitless carry could allow dangerous people, including violent criminals, to carry guns in public.
We need common sense solutions to end the gun violence crisis. Not weak laws that promote the NRA’s guns everywhere agenda and make us less safe.
Beth Lashley Rothwell Orlando
Beth Lashley Rothwell is social media lead for Moms Demand Action.
The growing crisis on our Mexican border is another example of the ineptitude of the Biden administration. This crisis and numerous others, starting with the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, out of control inflation and a hesitancy to assist the Ukrainian people at the start of the Russian invasion, have made America the laughingstock of the world and eroded our position as leader of the world’s democracies.
Unless we secure our border, we won’t have a country to speak of. Isn’t it time President Biden and Vice President Harris visit the southern border and see firsthand the result of their ineptness and the devastation it has caused? Their failure to do so is pure negligence.
Charles Miller Port St. Lucie