EDITORIAL: A health crisis and no leadership

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OUR POSITION: The void of any leadership or plan to battle Covid-19 and protect Floridians is frustrating, yet telling.Neither Gov. Ron DeSantis nor the state Legislature are responsible for the coronavirus. They have been saddled, however, with how to respond to the virus that is setting daily records for infections, hospitalizations and deaths nationwide and in Florida.So far, their silence is maddening.DeSantis has made a couple of rare, token appearances since the election on Nov. 3.He did attend Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislature where freshmen lawmakers were sworn in and Senate President Wilson Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls addressed the chamber — minus at least nine members who either tested positive or were quarantined because of the coronavirus. Neither Sprowls or Simpson spent more than a minute or two on the topic of the coronavirus.That follows a pattern set by DeSantis and national Republicans who would rather ignore the problem.The lack of leadership or response to the spike in cases from Tallahassee pushed many of the state’s mayors to reach out to the governor Wednesday.In a Zoom call, mayors from mostly cities in Southeast Florida called on DeSantis to either install new …

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