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Lower COVID-19 death rate under DeSantis compared to other governors; find a sensible solution to coping with COVID-19; | Letters to the Editor

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Miami Beach Convention Center to discuss the U.S. Army Corps' building of a coronavirus field hospital inside the facility on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)



Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Miami Beach Convention Center to discuss the U.S. Army Corps' building of a coronavirus field hospital inside the facility on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)(Al Diaz/AP)

Lower COVID-19 death rate under DeSantis

Your April 8 editorial — “Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and Coronavirus” — criticizes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s slow response to the COVID-19 crisis.
As a former Maryland resident, I was happy to see you contrast the Florida response by noting how Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s quick response led to a COVID-19 death rate of only 2 per 100,000 residents, one-twelfth of that seen in New York, where things are obviously not going so well.
So I decided to see how bad Florida’s COVID-19 death rate is and, surprisingly, found it actually to be lower than Maryland’s death rate on the same date.
By the metrics you used, the response and results of DeSantis don’t seem so bad after all.

Don Dietrick, Delray Beach

No evidence of Pollock being violent offender

In response to the April 8 article — “Broward jail inmate with coronavirus dies at hospital” — while no one wants to see violent offenders released to further assault innocent victims, Alan Pollock was no longer a violent offender, if indeed he ever was, as the original offense was not given.
Pollock’s original offense was in 1998 with no re-offense since that time. All research has shown, including through the Justice Department, that the re-offense rate for people who have committed a sex crime and served time in prison, taken collectively, is in the single digits. Other crimes, with the exception of murder, do not come even close to that rate.
Pollock was back on probation for failure to register. He was jailed last month after being accused of violating his probation because he changed his address without permission. We can probably all agree that he did deserve some consequences for not following the law, but is requiring him to remain in jail with the threat of COVID-19 and possible death appropriate?
Could a better consequence have been requiring community service hours, such as picking up the litter on the sides of our roadways? This could possibly be more cost-effective for others in Pollock’s situation as a registrant. Currently, though, Florida statutes require up to four to five years in prison.
Was Pollock currently a violent man? I am not reading any information that supports such a conclusion.
Sarah Fiebig, Media Chair for Florida Action Committee

Find a sensible solution to coping with COVID-19

Let’s look at controlling COVID-19. The vast majority of people killed by the virus so far have had a preexisting condition, such as heart disease and diabetes, and are most often between 70 and 79 years of age, according to the Sun Sentinel.

So why not let everyone else return to work? The people not in that vulnerable group should maintain social distancing and wear face masks when leaving their house.
This should help the unemployment problem and help us to obtain haircuts, shoe repairs, eat in a restaurant and so many other places to go to that are now closed in the wake of the pandemic.
Michael Geiger, Boynton Beach

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