Letters to the editor for April 9, 2021

Letters to the editor for April 9, 2021

Learning with dignity 

Menstrual hygiene shouldn’t be considered a luxury for our children. In modern and civilized society, period supplies are a health care necessity for students in Florida’s public schools. One in five girls report that they have either left school early or missed school entirely because they didn’t have access to menstrual products to manage this biological reality.  

In 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act” into law, mandating menstrual products be provided at no cost to Florida’s female inmates. Certainly, our law-abiding public-school students deserve the same.  

Current “Learning with Dignity” legislation, requiring that Florida’s K-12 public schools supply sanitary napkins and tampons, awaits passage in the Florida House and Senate. Please urge your legislators to vote for S.B. 242, Learning with Dignity, and H.B. 75, Feminine Hygiene Products in Public Schools. Several states have passed similar legislation. We can solve this problem for Florida’s youth.  

Jan Healy, founder and president, Renewing Dignity Inc.  

Expand access to veterinary telemedicine 

As a veterinarian, I have seen firsthand the special bond people have with their pets, and I know pet owners often put the needs of their pets ahead of their own. S.B. 1370/H.B. 911 would allow veterinarians more flexibility to offer telemedicine services, so senior pet owners and others at high risk for COVID-19 would no longer be forced to choose between endangering their own health or their pet’s.  

Removing outdated government red tape that unnecessarily restricts veterinary professionals from using telemedicine will protect pet owners and veterinary professionals. Veterinarians can offer safe, convenient telemedicine care in many situations including fleas, ear mites, initial assessment of certain gastrointestinal and skin issues, and more.  

Ensuring that pets can access care and remain safely at home with their families is critical now more than ever. I urge the Florida Legislature to pass S.B. 1370/H.B. 911 to expand access to veterinary telemedicine. 

Brian DiGangi, Gainesville 

Job well done  

What a sense of relief my 91-year-old mother, who has several chronic health conditions, and I experienced March 25 driving back from Lake Butler after getting our second coronavirus vaccine shot at the Union County Health Department. 

During a Feb. 22 doctor’s appointment, a Gainesville Family Physicians nurse suggested I call the Union County Health Department since we had not been able to obtain a vaccine appointment. I called and we received our first shots two days later. 

Our experience during both visits was top flight. The staff was organized, efficient and courteous. After filling out paperwork, an ably administered needle in the arm and a short wait to monitor for side effects, we were on our way back to Gainesville. But not before stopping at the shiny new McDonald’s on Lake Butler’s main drag for a cup of coffee.  

To the Union County Health Department, thanks for a job well done. 

Jim Winkler, Gainesville 

Give Biden a chance 

A recent letter claims Joe Biden is “picking fights” with Russia, the relief bill would cause inflation and Biden’s Cabinet are incompetents. Well, the previous administration caused prices to go up, they also sucked up to Russia/North Korea, and Donald Trump’s Cabinet was full of millionaires who were so clueless that more than half resigned or were fired. 

Give President Biden a chance. After four years if things are bad, I’m sure you’ll let everyone know. 

Paul Spradling, Gainesville

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