Garage by any other name still an eyesore
Selby Gardens has taken its euphemism skills to another level.
In 2019, it called its proposed parking garage/restaurant the Sky Garden. As absurd as that was, Selby has now outdone himself, according to the news release/front page article in your April 20 edition.
Living Energy Access Facility? Oh come on It’s a building large enough to park 450 vehicles, with a restaurant and gift shop. How much did Selby Gardens pay some marketing firm to come up with that bizarre title?
Did management like the LEAF acronym? That’s the only thing “green” about this out-of-place, obtrusive structure with a silly name.
The reporter provided no reaction from neighbors to the ongoing massive construction. In fact, the report has no reaction from anyone not associated with Selby Gardens.
It’s been a controversial project from day one but there’s little reporting on that aspect of the story other than a throwaway line about “pushback” from neighbors.
The reporter also neglects to provide common construction details like height of finished structure, total square footage or size of building footprint.
Your readers deserve better. This is neither a “Sky Garden” nor a “Living Energy Access Facility.” It’s a big building that will dominate what was once a green oasis in downtown Sarasota.
Ellen McKeefe, Sarasota
Governor attacking freedom of speech
Is the “Free State” of Florida only for those that agree with our governor? Freedom of speech is among the top tier freedoms we have and should be free of retribution from elected officials and bureaucrats.
Three University of Florida professors were originally not allowed by the governor’s political appointee to provide expert opinions in court in their areas of unique expertise, unless those opinions passed the governor’s litmus test.
A Florida Health Department manager was placed on leave because he encouraged – not required – his employees to get COVID shots.
The largest employer and economic contributor to the state faces financial retribution for opposing the Parental Rights in Education (“Don’t Say Gay”) law.
gov. Ron DeSantis wants to transfer Disney’s current private sector investment and debt – and management of its infrastructure – to two different counties to manage. We know how that would work out for Disney and taxpayers. What happened to the GOP amount in private enterprise being more efficient?
Is this America or North Korea, China or Russia?
David Kaiser, Bradenton
Pandemic changes health care for the better
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us into isolation, thereby altering our working, shopping and social interactions. Medical care has also been transformed.
Teleconferencing with physicians or physician extenders is now reimbursed across state lines by Medicare and by other insurance carriers as well. Online medical apps on smartphones and watches allow 24-hour monitoring of your pulse rate and rhythm, blood oxygen level and many blood lab results.
Artificial intelligence can track all this information and identify changes in these results that may indicate possible disease.
The in-office once-a-year physician visits can be replaced by continuous observations of these results, with physicians alerted to changes that might then require office visits and not otherwise.
People can have in-home, less risky and more convenient medical care, which likely would be more accessible and improved than the current situation.
Our area could be the showplace site for many of these medical apps and bring some of the emerging companies in health care to the Suncoast, which would improve our local economy.
Ronald H. Gottlieb, MD, Sarasota
Rational swing voter no Neanderthal
On April 20, there was a cartoon on the Opinion page titled, “The Genius Who Decides Our Elections.” And the “genius” illustrated is a Neanderthal-like creature, with a label on its chest reading “SWING VOTER.”
The creature has apparently decided to vote Republican because the gasoline prices are high and Joe Biden is president.
I am a registered “no party affiliation” voter, one of those “swing voters” depicted as a Neanderthal, and I’m highly insulted by this cartoon.
I am an independent because I believe that neither political party’s policies are correct all of the time, nor are its individual candidates correct on the important issues all of the time, and I try carefully to evaluate these factors before voting.
Hopefully, that’s also true of those others who have chosen to be independents.
I am highly insulted by being depicted as a creature incapable of making rational, informed decisions regarding how I will vote. I hope that the Herald-Tribune will keep that in mind in the future.
Rocco J. Vitacca, Sarasota