Friday's letters: Credit Trump for recovery, support Girl Scouts, back unions, more

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Trump successful in tackling COVID-19

Many of us were aware the pandemic would not wane until we achieved herd immunity. Democrats offered continual ruinous lockdowns, with disastrous results for children, businesses and jobs.

Donald Trump recognized herd immunity was our only way to beat the disease and promised a vaccine in less than a year.  The experts and science said that was impossible – it had never been done in less than five.  They laughed at the idea. 

Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, and science again laughed. He put his experience taking on huge projects worldwide to use and formed a never-before-seen partnership with Pharma, and in advance of a product secured millions of doses by guaranteeing Pharma payment in advance. 

The pharmaceutical companies responded and in 10 months a tested vaccine was secured, and then two more. No other man could have attempted this and succeeded.

Kudos to President Trump and also to Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose good sense put Florida years ahead in school and economic recovery. 

Great leaders who put America first.  There is no substitute.

Richard Paolillo, MD, Nokomis

Donate Girl Scout Cookies to our heroes

Each year, our Girl Scouts deliver donated Girl Scout Cookies to hometown heroes – essential and frontline workers, first responders, active military, veterans and local food banks.

Proceeds from the sale of donated cookies also support community service projects, troop trips and other activities for Girl Scout troops in underserved areas.

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Our goal is to donate 75,000 packages of cookies this year, but pandemic challenges have strongly impacted traditional avenues for cookie sales and the Hometown Heroes program. With the end of Girl Scout Cookie sales fast approaching on March 21, we are short of our goal.

If you would like to provide cookies to our hometown heroes, and support activities for Girl Scout troops in underserved areas, go to https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/troop314999-314 and select “Donate Cookies.” Each box of donated cookies is $5; a case is $60 and 25 cases are $1,500.

Donations may also be mailed to Hometown Heroes, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Donations are tax deductible.

As we rise above this time of economic challenge, our girls need your support to honor those who have been there for us during the pandemic.

Mary Anne Servian, CEO, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

With new administration, support for unions

Surprise, surprise. Yes, a pleasant surprise when reading “Biden is blunting the GOP’s wedge politics,” E.J. Dionne’s column March 8.

He quoted a recent speech by President Joe Biden: “Unions lift up workers, both union and non-union, and especially Black and brown workers.” This positive statement says it all, but seldom do you see positive comments about unions in the press.

I had the honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO state council through the 1980s and was the chairman of a Solidarity committee made up of unions, environmentalists, small businesses, etc.

We fought and defeated two anti-working class ballot initiatives put forth by profiteers looking for more profits. These victories carried through the 10 Northeast states to the point that the profiteer associations gave up!

Put the numbers together and working families will always win in this great country, the USA.

Art Osborn, Venice

GOP sings the same old song

Republicans are repurposing their narrative of the 2020 presidential election.

Allegations of election fraud are still at the center, but rather than being advanced to support delusional claims of a Donald Trump victory, they are now being used in many state legislatures, including Florida’s, as fodder for Republican proposals to eliminate or restrict voting practices that facilitate participation, such as voting by mail.

For whichever purpose, they are, as former President Jimmy Carter recently stated, “allegations for which no evidence was produced – allegations that were, in fact, refuted through various audits, recounts, and other measures.”

They were rejected, as well, by every court to which Trump’s forces dared to present them. Yet we continue to hear the same shopworn contentions from backers of restrictive state voting legislation as we did from Biden presidency deniers.

They argue that our elections – or at least those in which Democrats prevail – are rampant with fraud. In the absence of evidence of widespread voting irregularities, it is evident that the fraud being perpetrated is that by legislators who falsely claim to be defending election integrity when their goal is to impose barriers to registration and voting by Democratic-leaning constituencies.

James Murphy, Longboat Key