When it comes to helping us recover from COVID, DeSantis gives with one hand, slaps with the other
Ron DeSantis answers questions while First Lady Casey DeSantis listens following a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. - Ivy Ceballo/Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Good people can have an honest disagreement over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to leave the state open for much of the COVID-19 pandemic. It certainly helped some businesses stay afloat, even if it dismayed residents looking for stricter lockdown measures to contain the virus that has killed more than 34,000 Floridians. It’s easy to understand DeSantis’ motivation to stave off an economic disaster. If you look at the pandemic from that prism, he has succeeded. At 4.7%, the state’s unemployment rate falls below the national average of 6.2%. We can’t complain about that. But what’s mystify...