Jan. 6 rioters tried to save the nation
In response to Michael Gerson’s column “Johnson isn’t a Republican outlier,” March 24: I would like to comment that I think Sen. Ron Johnson believed the Jan. 6 “mob” was reacting to the so-called protesters who have been destroying our cities in gross violation of the law.
The “mob” used no firearms to shoot anyone, as far as I know, and were just attempting to make a point to try to save our republic.
I suggest you read the history of Harpers Ferry and John Brown. He decided words didn’t work, but was hanged and is now molding in his New York grave, a National Historic Landmark.
Jim Schmitendorf, Sarasota
State ignores complaints about Frontier
In response to “It may be time to cut the cord,” March 10: I have had numerous travails with my cable company, like writer Jay Handelman and your other readers, since Verizon played that cruel April Fools’ joke on us by selling out to Frontier Communications (April 1, 2016).
The most serious of many have been padding my bill with equipment I knew nothing about and overcharging me for a year before I got it straightened out; outage of all my communications services for three days; and, most recently, an outage of internet service for several hours just when I was submitting my reservation form for the COVID-19 vaccine.
That outage also affected 2,000 other customers.
Every time, I have reported Frontier to the Consumer Protection Division of Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office.
Its action? It forwards my letter to Frontier. I get calls from “empty suit” managers who are defensive and excuse-ridden and try to blame me.
That is followed up weeks later by the same form letter from Melanie Williams, the general manager.
Apparently, AG Moody doesn’t understand that these people are the source of the problem. Maybe if we had some support in the way of real consumer protection, there would be a different outcome for all of us.
Marilyn Watkins, Sarasota
Consider job prospects in picking major
This is in response to the many editorials on the Bright Futures bill.
Many college grads are struggling under crushing debt loads and stuck in dead-end minimum wage jobs because they made poorly considered choices in their majors.
I was an engineer in a company that made industrial process controls. We hired a young salesman who had majored in phys ed and expected to be teaching eighth-graders how to play basketball.
Nothing dishonorable about such a profession, but he failed to notice that there were too many applicants seeking too few jobs. One day after a training session, he was crying his eyes out. He had no technical training and was totally lost.
To all high school students trying to figure out your future, a STEMM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and I’ll add Medicine) has excellent prospects. If you make a bad choice like basket weaving, don’t expect the taxpayers to underwrite it.
John Taylor, Venice
In Sarasota, vaccination process a breeze
I want your readers to know how grateful my wife and I are for the manner in which the Department of Health in Sarasota County set up its COVID-19 vaccine registration.
We had been trying again and again to register in Charlotte County, where we live, but we could never get registered properly.
The Publix registration process was the most frustrating. We tried that three times and gave up on it.
We finally went to a statewide site and registered there. Then a friend who lives in North Port told us that Sarasota County had online registration, so we got online, registered very easily and just waited for our number to be called.
When we were called, we were very pleased to be able to get our vaccination in North Port, at the technical college on Toledo Blade Boulevard.
It was easy to get the shot from our car. Early this week we were able to get our second vaccine shot.
Why aren’t all counties following the easy, straightforward method of registration used by the state Department of Health in Sarasota County? Thank you, Sarasota County for your easy and fair registration method.
Henry Robert Bettich, Port Charlotte
GOP aims to control right to vote
Every state with a Republican-controlled legislature is presently hell-bent on ensuring that there is no election fraud, they say, by enacting legislation that would make it increasingly difficult to vote, a measure clearly aimed at less affluent and less privileged Americans.
Florida, having recently completed a model, virtually error-free national election, is in the throes of enacting legislation as we speak to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.
Our Republican government – governor, House and Senate – already controls everything. When is enough, enough?
William O. Smith, Sarasota