Opinion | Ron DeSantis’s Entry Into the Republican Race

Bonus query: D.E.I. is what wokeness is all about. What’s so unhealthy about wokeness? Whom does it hurt? The place is the offended mob? Why ought to “woke” go to Florida to die?

I put these inquiries to the governor.

Michael P. Bacon
Westbrook, Maine

To the Editor:

Whereas Twitter could have its share of weaknesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis has skillfully demonstrated his management qualities and strengths. Selecting info over worry, schooling over indoctrination, legislation and order over rioting and dysfunction — Mr. DeSantis’s report speaks for itself.

Due to his widespread sense and steerage, Florida is rising now greater than ever as persons are migrating and planting new roots within the Sunshine State. With Florida because the mannequin, we’d like look no additional than Ron DeSantis as our nation’s future.

JoAnn Lee Frank
Clearwater, Fla.

To the Editor:

It’s not too early to say presidential debates. The Instances ought to make an unprecedented suggestion that the sitting president not debate former President Donald Trump in the course of the 2024 marketing campaign.

One merely can not debate an inveterate, incessant liar. I imply that in essentially the most literal sense: Mendacity will not be debating, and it takes two to interact in debate. It can’t be executed.

Witness the current CNN debacle, the place, even when checked assiduously by the moderator, Mr. Trump repeated nothing however lies. Everybody who may have conceivably been satisfied that the previous president ignores the reality utterly was already satisfied. All others won’t ever be satisfied.

Due to this fact, there isn’t any upside in anyway to sharing the stage with such a mendacious bloviator. In reality, it could serve solely as a possibility for the previous president to name for an additional spherical of “stand again and stand by.” Ought to President Biden give him that chance?

David Neuschulz
Chatham, N.J.

To the Editor:

Re “G.O.P. Focuses on Uncommon Tales of Trans Remorse” (entrance web page, Might 17):

Whereas the article rightly notes that the marketing campaign to ban gender transition in minors is led by Republicans, it falls into the entice of viewing youth gender drugs and detransition as a right-versus-left difficulty. Many individuals who help equality for trans and detrans individuals insist {that a} public well being lens is essential.

The article doesn’t point out the rising transnational archive of people that detransition, generally with emotions of remorse for having transitioned. In the event you have a look at international locations with nationwide common well being care programs like Sweden, youth gender care has lately advanced following state-funded critiques of transgender remedy. Against this, within the U.S., our extremely privatized and compartmentalized managed care system contributes to the politicization of this difficulty to the detriment of all.

Maybe because of this the article appears to downplay the trauma that saturates detransitioners’ testimonies. To mourn the lack of one’s breasts or capacity to breed is not any small matter.

Journalists ought to cease equating detransition with an assault on transgender individuals. As a substitute, they need to see younger individuals testifying to medical hurt as a name for accountability and attempt to grasp the total vary of their experiences with out fueling the harmful right-left divide.

Daniela Valdes
New Brunswick, N.J.
The author is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers College who researches detransition.

To the Editor:

Re “The Most Necessary Man in Tech (Proper Now)” (Enterprise, Might 17):

Warnings concerning the huge risks of synthetic intelligence are warranted, however mere requires “laws” are empty. The query will not be whether or not regulatory regimes are wanted, however how to manage the makes use of to which A.I. will be put.

Something human or nonhuman that’s able to artistic thought can also be able to creating mechanisms for self-preservation, for survival. The hunt for a “precision regulation method to A.I.” is more likely to show elusive.

Norman Cousins, Carl Sagan, Alvin Toffler and lots of others have presciently warned that technological advances supplied each a remedy to a few of humanity’s afflictions and a curse, probably threatening human existence.

One doomsday state of affairs could be for tech scientists to ask A.I. itself for strategies to manage its use and abuse, solely to obtain a chilling reply: “Good attempt!”

Charles Kegley
Columbia, S.C.
The author is emeritus professor of worldwide relations on the College of South Carolina.

To the Editor:

Re “Rebuilding Funds After Divorce” (Enterprise, Might 18):

Your article is appropriate in advising spouses that they might “land in monetary scorching water” except they search professional recommendation regarding splitting retirement belongings at divorce. However getting good recommendation, whereas a necessity, will not be sufficient.

Even when a partner is awarded a share of a 401(okay) or pension profit as a part of a divorce decree, that alone will not be sufficient. Underneath the federal non-public pension legislation ERISA, spouses should acquire a particular courtroom order referred to as a certified home relations order (higher often known as a Q.D.R.O.) to get their rightful share of personal retirement advantages.

This ought to be executed earlier, not later. Getting a Q.D.R.O. after a divorce is way tougher — and generally inconceivable — to get.

So, to guard themselves at divorce, the phrase “Q.D.R.O.” ought to be a part of each lady’s vocabulary.

Karen Friedman
The author is the manager director of the Pension Rights Middle.

To the Editor:

Re “Our Infinite, Absurd Quest to Get the Very Greatest,” by Rachel Connolly (Opinion visitor essay, Might 21):

So far as I’m involved, the very best of something is the one which meets my explicit wants, not these of the reviewer, not these of the critic and never these of anyone else.

Likewise, what’s greatest for me will not be essentially greatest for you. I suppose you may say that the “greatest” will not be an absolute; it’s relative.

Jon Leonard
San Marcos, Texas

To the Editor:

Whereas some could undergo from a relentless pursuit of perfection, some wrestle with making decisions, interval. I’ve witnessed mother and father making an attempt to get their toddlers to make decisions about meals, clothes, actions, and so forth. Good day, they’re 2!

I’m wondering what number of undergo from what I name “compulsive comparability” chaos, when one goes purchasing after buying an merchandise to verify they acquired the very best deal, even when glad with their buy. True insanity.

Vicky T. Robinson
Woodbridge, Va.