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Letters to the editor: Florida passes 10,000 dead from coronavirus pandemic | First Words | Orlando

Last week we reported the chilling fact that over 10,000 people had died in Florida in the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, our death toll stood at 10,167, and more than half of those deaths happened in the last month. These grim numbers reach us as the state continues to plan for schools to reopen and push for a full business reopening as well. Possibly even more depressing than these numbers were the number of comments on our Facebook page claiming that the statistics are all lies and calling people sheep, bandying about the long-since-discredited “0.4 percent” stat (we get it, math is tough) or pivoting to what-aboutism in the form of comments like “But how many people die from regular flu?” (that would be roughly 3,000 per year in Florida, by the way) and “That’s a lot, but more people have died in New York!” What does that have to do with the price of coffins? Do better, Florida.

@Nick Rowell 1) Florida has most definitely cooked the books. They were counting multiple negative tests ON ONE PERSON, then only counting one positive test per positive case. They’ve also suppressed the number of deaths. 2) If it killed this many people with our extreme preventative measures, it’s very deadly and should be taken very seriously. 3) there are many other long-term health effects associated with this, so while everyone’s not going to die, some people could be left with lifelong lung issues. Is that a big enough issue?

@Ivan Williams Wow, like how many are fine with their fellow Floridians dying of this when we could’ve done something about it? Call out those who’ll be doing the same once more children start dying off, because those idiots deserve ALL the hate for being so ignorant in their odd confidence.

@Mandee Gustavson Loiacono It didn’t have to happen.

On the same day Floridians went to the
polls to vote in the 2020 primary elections, Florida’s governor continued his attempt to disenfranchise returning citizens, despite a supermajority of 2018 voters’ will. The state is appealing a judge’s finding that requiring felons to pay court-ordered “legal financial obligations” to be eligible to vote is unconstitutional. Critics of the law liken it to a poll tax and say it creates “two classes of people, those who can afford to pay … and those who cannot.”

@Gwen Brogden The fact that he assumes all ex-felons will vote blue just shows how ignorant he is. Voter suppression is wrong on every level but the GOP seems to think that’s the only way they can stay in control.

@Katie Saville Of all the things he could be working on right now, this is how he chooses to spend his time.


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