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 September 27

by Carolina

When U.S.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore her dress at the Met Gala espousing the “Tax the Rich” did she have in mind only the wealthy entrepreneurs and industrialists in this country who actually created something beneficial?

Or did she also mean the people in the entertainment and sports business such as Rihanna ($1.7B net worth), Kim Kardashian ($1.2B net worth), Beyonce ($440M net worth), Jennifer Lopez ($400M net worth),  Kylie Jenner ($700M net worth), Lady Gaga ($320M net worth), Serene Williams ($240M net worth), Lebron James ($500M net worth), etc? 

Too often people like her and others are quick to condemn industrialists who make millions of dollars but create tens of thousands of jobs but have no problems associating themselves with wealthy entertainment and sports figures or are at least silent about the billions of dollars garnered by these individuals who just happen to be internet sensations.    

Richard Wolff, Ponte Vedra

C’mon everyone! Get vaccinated

This is to Gov. DeSantis and all the “freedom-loving” people (including, sadly, police unions) who oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates. From the Florida Department of Health website, here is the list of the vaccines required to attend preschool in Florida’s public and non-public schools (certain religious and medical exemptions aside):

  • Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis
  • Inactivated polio vaccine
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)

The vaccine requirements to attend public and non-public K-12 schools in Florida are pretty much the same. And DeSantis now threatens to use his new pet law to fine local governments $5,000 for each employee required to be vaccinated against one of the deadliest and most contagious viruses in history in order to come to work?! How can he possibly think this is good public health policy, much less that it squares with common sense? (I really don’t think he does but that’s a topic for another day.)

C’mon everyone! It’s been 18 months since this all started, enough is enough…the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They have saved lives, prevented hospitalizations, and enabled us to start getting back to some semblance of normality. We should be forever grateful for them. So do your part for the good of everyone…end your resistance to our only way out of this and get vaccinated if you aren’t. It’s far less than what we’ve required of our children…for years.

Steve Powell, Jacksonville

Original posted at www.jacksonville.com

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