In a commentary that was both scorching and sarcastic, the editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times took Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to task on Sunday morning for hiding information on when Floridians can expect to have access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
DeSantis, who has been resistant to taking the advice from the CDC to help stop the spread of the COVID-19, has recently hinted the age for those getting the vaccine might drop in March, but that wasn't enough the local newspaper's editorial board.
Under a pointed, 'Hey Gov. DeSantis, why so cagey with Covid vaccine details?" headline, the editors pointed out that the governor is already taking heat from his opponents for "not having a detailed plan for rolling out more COVID-19 vaccinations. Your 'no-plan is a good plan' mantra isn't playing well in some circles."
That said, the editors pressed the governor to be more transparent with his longterm plans -- if he has any.
"This isn't spycraft," they wrote. "Giving Floridians a basic understanding of who comes next in the vaccination queue won't somehow give the virus a leg up, like spilling the details of the D-Day invasion. This isn't poker where deception is paramount. Show Floridians a few of your cards. They can handle it."
The editorial pointedly jabbed the Republican governor for "selecting two wealthy and predominantly white Manatee County ZIP codes to distribute an 'extra' 3,000 vaccinations," before applauding him for moving frontline health care workers and seniors to the front of the vaccination line -- but said beyond that, the public is being left in the dark.
"The main bottleneck has been the supply of vaccines, something largely outside of a governor's control," the editors admitted before adding, "All the more reason for you to dole out a few more details. Lately, you have indicated that teachers and law enforcement over the age of 50 could be next, but even then you couched it with 'probably' and 'I think.' On Thursday, you said the state will lower the age of eligibility for shots 'sometime in March.' You didn't say what the new age might be — 60? 55? Again, we don't need a 100-page treatise on where and how the state plans to distribute the vaccine over the next few months. But give us more than just dribs and drabs."
"A little more communication will allay fears and quell anxiety by helping Floridians determine where they fall on the schedule. Most residents are willing to wait their turn. They understand there isn't enough vaccine to go around yet, and they don't blame you for that. But you can help them by being more forthcoming, by treating your plan as less of a secret," they wrote before concluding, "We'd like to know a few more details about the rest of us."
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There was a mass shooting in Indianapolis that reportedly involved an assault rifle.
"Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said. The scene has been declared a 'mass casualty, Level 1,' according to dispatches. The declaration allows more emergency responders to go to the scene to provide support," WISH-TV reports.
The network interviewed Jeremiah Miller, who was starting his second shift at the facility.
"This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend's mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car," he said.
Here are videos from the scene:
A witness who says he's an employee at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis said he heard several shots being fired a… https://t.co/v8V9UchWCb— WRTV Indianapolis (@WRTV Indianapolis)1618548734.0
BREAKING: MASS CASUALTY AT FEDEX INDIANAPOLIS: Police now calling this a mass casualty. Unclear how many victims.… https://t.co/mFKuRIy9hJ— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1618547884.0
Shooting at FedEx in Indianapolis https://t.co/DDDQAJMUHt— WCIA.com (@WCIA.com)1618548668.0
Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has pulled out of a project after a day of intense social media scorn.
"One of the Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots during the attempted search warrant execution that left Breonna Taylor dead in her apartment last year is writing a book about the case. 'The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,' written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, 48, will be edited and published by Tennessee-based Post Hill Press," the Louisville Courier Journal reported Thursday. "Post Hill Press' website says it focuses on the areas of "pop culture, business, self-help, health, current events, Christian, and conservative political books," and its books are distributed by Simon & Schuster."
Simon & Schuster received harsh criticism following publication. Author Don Winslow was among those who blasted the publisher.
Dear @simonschuster This is just wrong. Horribly wrong. Don't do this. https://t.co/r8Uha2F9DQ— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1618540189.0
However, after Simon & Schuster announced it would not distribute the book, Winslow praised those who had spoken out.
https://t.co/iYYsiK6D0m— Simon & Schuster (@Simon & Schuster)1618541950.0
'Comically evil' Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert vote against National Marrow Donor Program
Controversial Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were the wrong side of a 415-2 vote in Congress on the TRANSPLANT Act.
"Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases," CNN's Manu Raju reported.
Roll call vote on the TRANSPLANT Act.Screengrab.
Here's some of what people were saying about the first-term GOP lawmakers:
standing up for liberty means fighting bone marrow donors https://t.co/XoHWrvkNvF— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans))1618542431.0
Some people will do anything to reject science. https://t.co/K1wwi6eQhH— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta)1618541972.0
These two are like an evil Laverne and Shirley. https://t.co/k09ko4VET6— Mr. Newberger (@Mr. Newberger)1618542741.0
Comically evil and for no reason other than they’ll get talked about bc of the vote https://t.co/qO2pGybkYg— Carl Anderson fan club (@Carl Anderson fan club)1618542856.0
Thank you so much Aspen, Colo. and East Jesus, Ga. I have to assume everyone else you could have sent was worse? https://t.co/P9J850jHUy— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1618542415.0
Well, when you believe in Jewish Space Lasers and Chips in Vaccines, what would you expect. We Must Declare this a… https://t.co/osZbCXQM4M— Badd Company (@Badd Company)1618542769.0
This blows my MIND! These 2 are NOT in Gov to help. They are simply there to start fires. I'll also take this mome… https://t.co/PuYnbfkbXK— themocollins (@themocollins)1618543188.0
If you wanted any more proof that these people are nothing but trolls with no purpose other than to frustrate and d… https://t.co/ztCtTA7myI— Gary Whitta (@Gary Whitta)1618542338.0
The asshole caucus https://t.co/nV41tpXin4— Marcus J. DiPaola (@Marcus J. DiPaola)1618542734.0
Who the hell votes against something like that? QAnon morons, that's who. https://t.co/nUtrb9SMvJ— Short-N-Snarky™ (@Short-N-Snarky™)1618543082.0
there are a lot of nominees for the shittiest person in Congress, but wow, these two really rose to the occasion. https://t.co/YlocTclXuS— Jay Jaffe (@Jay Jaffe)1618541576.0
Of course. They’re professional provocateurs. They don’t care about people. They just like the attention doing horr… https://t.co/VZAEQggQ02— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1618542445.0
Because they think Leukemia is a hoax? https://t.co/DvFpd5asuY— Lori Coleman (@Lori Coleman)1618542353.0
A year from now, we'll find out they've been trafficking bone marrow. https://t.co/ZJDauIcgL2— David Jordan Nestor (@David Jordan Nestor)1618542580.0
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