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Do not surrender

Regarding the recent article “3 Charged So Far in Wave of Vehicle Burglaries”, I would like to ask law enforcement officials not to allow guns stolen from unlocked vehicles to be returned to their families. (former) owners. Leaving a gun in an unlocked vehicle is nothing short of irresponsible!

Jaime Lazare, Ocala

Free data

Governor DeSantis is hiding the number of COVID deaths by county in Florida because I think he fears it will hurt his chances of re-election.

He hasn’t allowed his people to share this data since June. Truly? He’s withholding vital information that can help Florida residents understand just how bad this pandemic wave really is, just to keep them from realizing how bad his handling of the COVID response has been.

The deaths are well above the level of the previous wave. Funeral homes have more corpses. Hospitals rent additional refrigerated trucks to contain all the bodies. More people might be ready to wear masks and get vaccinated if they understand how serious the situation really is. Free the data!

Kathy Sparks, Ocala

Hindsight makes no sense

As of 2020, nothing has made sense, even looking back at 2020. Take COVID. Why is it important whether or not your neighbor is vaccinated if you are? Why would someone who has contracted the virus need an injection? Wouldn’t an antibody passport be more inclusive than a vaccine passport?

Money: How come our government has no money but good credit? Why are CD rates at 0 when inflation exceeds 5%? Where does the $ 5,000 billion that Congress wants to spend when their borrowing limit has been reached come from?

Immigration: How can our border be opened to the south and closed to the north? Why are refugees only from Cuba being turned away?

Oil: The White House has asked OPEC to produce more oil while we shut down the pipeline. Is the Green New Deal oil-free or are we borrowing it from overseas?

Do you agree with me that these things don’t add up in 2021, or should I commit to the psychiatric ward?

Jerry Rodeheaver, Dunnellon

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