Column relied on questionable statistics from Florida

Bloomberg Opinion’s Ramesh Ponnuru seems to have proved President Trump right, when he compares the death statics of four Democratic states to Florida (“Covid has resisted both sides’ political scripts,” The Herald, March 11). Trump said if we don’t test for the virus then the covid virus will not be so bad. This is what Florida seems to have done when the governor fired and jailed its employee who was in charge of tabulating the statistics.He said she was reporting cases in error and she said he was overlooking cases.

The states are responsible for their vital statistics and we can verify the figures by comparing with previous years in the near future. ( There are statisticians who can do this), but right now I am not sure the governor of Florida has not cooked the books in his favor so that a high covid death rate is disguised as other deaths than covid. He is after all a fan of the former president who advocated such a thing.

Because of that Ponnuru’s whole commentary is suspect of errors in its assumptions and conclusions. The conclusions that our country and especially Trump did an all right job with the virus doesn’t seemed to be proved. But the real lesson is that we seem to forget yesterday’s news when we writing today’s.

Charles H. Best

Duvall

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