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Letters from readers: Vaccine program is well run

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Vaccine program is well run

A few days ago you in Another View had a very critical picture of the vaccine program at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Have you or any of your staff participated in that particular program? I have! It is very well-run and efficient.  Being all by appointment, the lines move quickly and nobody waits in line for hours. Yes, appointments are difficult to get due to the large number of people. BUT, that is no reason for your paper to be so critical of a very important program and the people working there!   

John T. Schiefen Sr.

Shad Khan had a plan

Most every answer Urban Meyer, the new Jaguars coach, provided during his introductory press conference was rapidly analyzed by journalists and sports experts. There was one answer coach Meyer provided, however, that seems to have passed without notice or mention. Maybe it’s nothing, but Gene Frenette asked a follow-up question at the 4:16 minute mark… “How much did the opportunity to have the number one draft pick play into your wanting this job?” To which Coach responded… “Huge, I think Shad and the organization is positioned and it’s not by accident... uh… Shad got very involved in the entire roster excreta and I think it’s primed, it’s primed to put together a good team…“ 

It’s not by accident. Shad got very involved in the roster excreta.  What does that mean?

Could it be that Dave Caldwell received direction to trade the malcontents and other veterans in order to amass as many draft picks and cap space as possible, and by doing so, saddle Coach Marrone with the youngest team in the NFL?  A team with which the Jaguars were almost guaranteed to secure the Number 1 pick and, as coach Meyer stated, is now primed?

If it wasn’t an accident, it was a plan.

Casey Williams

Editor’s note: The following letter, published Saturday, was inaccurately attributed to another writer. We regret the error.

A squeaking wheel for mental health

In November, Gov. DeSantis released his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. With increasing coverage of our growing mental health crisis, need our legislators to address funding for this disaster. Now is the time to contact them. I say that as much has not changed since we addressed this topic two years ago.

Same grim realities:

  • Florida still ranks near last in mental health spending.
  • We step over homeless veterans on our sidewalks.
  • We ignore the untreated mentally ill who stand on our street corners screaming at passing cars.
  • We accept months-long-waiting lists for service in our mental hospitals.
  • We allow our prisons to be used as warehouses for our mentally ill.
  • We ignore law enforcement stating jails are not staffed to treat the mentally ill.
  • We tolerate our leaders doing little as suicide rates across our country rise.

Why are we blind to the pain of so many citizens who desperately need mental health care?  Society has a responsibility to take care of them.  And that society is us.  

I believe social change can occur without becoming a socialist country.  We  just need the courage and determination to force the change.

Richard Marquis, St. Augustine

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