I’m at a total loss when it comes to understanding what the Republican Party is up to at any level. They continue to downplay the seriousness of a pandemic that has taken over 150,000 American lives, driven our economy to near depression depths and changed the way we all conduct our daily lives.
While the president along with GOP U.S. senators and House members dither and stammer, many governors seem paralyzed and complicit. Florida’s DeSantis blasted Fauci while he mishandled his state’s staggering death toll. Arizona seemed headed in the right direction before Ducey caved to Trump’s demand for a rush to reopen, which has had to be walked back. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is pushing for schools to open while disregarding scientifically based warnings to the contrary. All of this has put more American lives at risk and put our extremely fragile economy in greater peril.
Now, I am wondering why the Arizona Legislature has not stepped up to take some action on behalf of families and small businesses across the state. Democratic legislators have been calling for a special session to deal with issues ranging from unemployment benefits ($240 per week won’t pay the rent) to safeguarding work places and schools. In our local Casa Grande area, LD8’s Shope, Pratt and Cook along with LD11’s Leach, Finchem and Roberts remain silent and ineffectual. They, like the president, have abdicated their responsibility to serve their constituents.
The nation and individual states need leadership that prioritizes the people rather than ideology and political power. The GOP is not providing that leadership — it’s time for change!
Susan Wortman - Casa Grande
Recently the Pinal County sheriff proposed to start a citizens posse. I have very strong concerns.
I do not believe four hours of training is sufficient to teach the issues that are to be addressed, including the use of firearms, crowd control and de-escalation tactics. Similar programs have been known to take up to six months. Is this posse to be used for “protests that turn violent”? Has this happened in Pinal County? Is there a need and call for extra resources? Have we had violent protests? Is Pinal county a hotbed of unrest?
There is a playbook already in place in many U.S. cities from Portland to Chicago. Why do we need to develop this program here at this time? It was stated that "minimum background checks" would be used, which could allow for those with criminal backgrounds to be accepted.
The Sheriff mentioned major unrest happening in U.S. cities. Is this a calculated plan to intimidate and possibly threaten law-abiding citizens who legally exercise their First Amendment rights? There has already been enough police violence. Asking untrained citizens for help, with firearms, is only asking for trouble.
I request that this issue be taken seriously. We do not need this kind of program in Pinal Country. Especially the way it has been explained. We need to move away from police violence and intimidation tactics. It would be a better use of resources and money to work within communities to move forward with empathy and support.
Sharon Girard - Eloy
When Democrats speak of defunding the police, they are saying it is time to have a closer look at how we might be more fiscally responsible in our support of law enforcement. When police department surplus funds are identified, those funds should be considered for redirection to funding programs addressing mental health and economic needs and those promoting community stability. Even the police agree that a healthier community will mean less crime over the long run. Police are now expected to respond to everything whether or not it is criminal in nature. I remember a time when "fiscally responsible" Republicans would have agreed with more efficient use of taxpayer monies.
Unfortunately, that time passed during the George W. Bush administration when the defunding of America began in earnest with $1.6 trillion in tax cuts that led, along with an unnecessary war and Wall Street greed and illegal practices, to the Great Recession of 2008. After Obama's eight-year struggle, he successfully overcame the recession. Trump, when elected, immediately passed another tax cut amounting to $1.5 trillion. Bush and Trump defunded America by about $3.1 trillion just through tax cuts, most of which went to the wealthy and corporate America. Republicans were silent about the huge transfer of wealth. That lost revenue could have gone to states to benefit public services like education, mental health services and public infrastructure. It makes much more sense to use some of the funds directed to law enforcement to address the social and mental health problems underlying the need for police action.
Cynthia Gugenberger - Casa Grande
I read with interest Tom Snider’s letter regarding how the GOP has stood up for Blacks. Mr. Snider has his facts correct up to a point, but there is more to the story. Two Republicans followed Johnson: Grant and Hayes. Grant was a strong supporter of Reconstruction, but with the Panic of 1873, he and a good portion of the country lost interest as their attention was diverted elsewhere. Hayes won the presidency largely by pushing through the Compromise of 1877 that officially ended Reconstruction. That ushered in the era of Jim Crow, which was supported by most Democrats and Republicans in the South. Blacks had no real power, and both parties largely ignored them. All of this changed with Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat who pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act, giving Blacks equal protection under the law. To me, nothing the Republicans have done since Grant’s time compares to what Johnson did for the Blacks.
All of this history is interesting, but it is not necessarily relevant to today. Mr. Snider claims, but does not list any of the “many ways” the Republican Party helps Blacks. Recent polling data indicates that approximately 95% of Black voters favor Joe Biden. Coming from those who have the most to gain or lose from the upcoming election, that is a stinging rejection of Mr. Snider’s position.
Roger Oleson - Casa Grande
With Donald Trump running for a second term, interest is high for the 2020 general election. High turnout is likely across the entire partisan spectrum. While national issues grab our attention, voting for Arizona state offices in both the primary and the general election is just as important.
Consider: Do we want state legislators who pander to big money and the interests of corporations or do we want public servants who focus on the needs of families and children and the hardworking constituents who elected them? Will it take teachers striking in the streets again to make a difference in public education funding for Arizona, or is it time to elect to both legislative chambers Democratic majorities who will support public education as a common good, making future teacher strikes unnecessary. At stake is how “We the people” will be served by those elected to represent “We the people” at the state level.
The LD11 state Senate race has far-right-wing Republican career politician and incumbent Vince Leach opposing one of two very capable Democrats who are running for the first time. Both are women with careers of service to their country and their communities. Which of these women will face Leach in the general election depends on which one is victorious in the important LD11 Democratic primary election.
The Clean Elections “Voter Education Guide” provides information about both LD11 Democratic primary candidates. Read it and check them out online. (JoAnna Mendoza, www.mendoza4arizona.com) (Linda Patterson, lindapatterson4azstatesenate2020.com).
Vote in the primary election and the general election, keeping in mind the importance of the state Legislature and state offices. Remember, 2020 is not just about the president.
Darlene Trainor - Tucson
No. 45 has accomplished two major items since he has been in office:
1, No. 45 has destroyed the Republican Party. Anyone believing in his rants and ravings are, forever after, to be known as “trumpsters." Most of the current elected trumpsters will lose in the upcoming November election. They can thank No. 45 for their defeat.
2. No. 45 and all his pusillanimous sycophants, allowing tens of thousand of Americans to die of COVID-19 by not following health officials’ recommendations on how to contain the virus over the last six months, need to be sent to the Hague to be tried for crimes against humanity.
Sociopaths like No. 45 become dictators when honest people are afraid to speak out against obvious wrongs.
Kim Allen - Arizona City
As a Democrat, I guess I’m among those Mr. Menne refers to as “lefties and socialists." (Letter to the editor July 4) Having learned as a child that “names will never hurt me," my feelings are not injured. However, the political implications made have my blood boiling.
It is not unpatriotic to work toward a system that makes quality health care a right and not a privilege of economic status. Nor is it wrong to point out Trump and McSally’s hypocritical exclamations for protecting pre-existing conditions while simultaneously petitioning the Supreme Court to gut them. Lobbying for efforts to conserve our precious and fragile environment is not an extreme idea. One cannot equate championing expanded access to voting with anarchy. We should not believe that standing up for racial equality or criminal justice and policing reforms is in opposition to someone's “Christian values.” By no means is calling out a weaponized Department of Justice a “terrible atrocity." Nor should the systematic weakening of the independence of our three branches of government be condoned. Bringing attention to a president who sides with dictators putting our brave troops at risk should never be criticized as unpatriotic.
As I said, I am a Democrat but before that, I am an American citizen and a patriot. I still believe in an America that stands for democracy, freedom and dreams yet to be realized. I do not accept the notion that name calling should supplant facts.
America is at a generational crossroads. The issues and problems we face today are complicated and deeply entrenched. I urge you to open your mind to the possibilities of change and improvement. I ask you to look past labels and rhetoric to clearly see the reality of our times and the urgency of the moment.
Susan Wortman - Casa Grande
This letter is in reference to two “cartoons” that have been viewed on Vince Leach’s Facebook page: one that has a woman with a baby in her arms and “Black Community” written on her hip and a donkey on the couch by her, while she is bemoaning the fact that she’s scared to leave the Democratic Party because it has told her she “would never make it on her own.” The other is picturing a white woman being robbed by a Black man, and he’s saying basically “lots o’ luck — the police have been defunded so they’re not coming to save you.”
Because of this blatant display of racist, misogynistic and insulting opinions on his Facebook page, Arizona state Sen. Vince Leach has convinced me that this is his mindset and that he does not belong in a leadership role. Not only does he express his own personal feelings and thoughts regarding the current racial crisis, he also speaks for the party, the Republican Party, on this issue as well as the issues of policing, welfare and the relationship that the Black community has with the Democratic Party.
Supporters of Mr. Leach, is this OK with you? Are you fine with saying “yes” to a guy who publicly demonstrates this kind of low opinion of Blacks and women?
Please consider openly denouncing Vince Leach, the senator for Legislative District 11. He is an embarrassment to the people of my district and should be censored at the very least and reprimanded by his party leaders. I hope his people realize that he is only reinforcing the view that the Republican Party is racist and intolerant and has a condescending attitude toward women and minorities.
Ann Turner - Arizona City
Do you value your Social Security benefits? The availability of unemployment insurance should you find yourself out of a job? Thank FDR, a Democrat. Do you value Medicare or Medicaid? Thank LBJ, a Democrat.
Now ask yourself: Who, for decades, has campaigned to eliminate, reduce or privatize these programs? Republicans and Libertarians. Right now, behind closed doors, Mitt Romney is rallying Republicans to support his TRUST Act, which aims to gut Social Security benefits. The Republican response to soaring deficits is to cut benefits to seniors, children and the disabled. Meanwhile, Republicans are the source of ballooning debt and deficits.
Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act led to reforms in corporate and personal taxes that significantly impacted revenue (negatively) while benefiting the ultra-rich. George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which promised to spur economic growth and “pay for themselves,” instead only escalated income and wealth inequality and reduced federal revenues by $1.8 trillion between 2002 and 2009 while increasing the debt. When Republicans cut taxes, it benefits the 1%, not working people or retirees.
Now think back over the decades and try to itemize the ways in which Republicans have made your life easier or more successful (assuming you are not part of the 1%).
Even now, in the midst of a health and economic crisis — with 110,000 Americans dead and counting, with 40 million Americans unemployed and counting — Republicans balk at passing new legislation that would offer additional resources to Americans who are struggling to survive. And our “leader”? He is focused on finger-pointing and name-calling, on ending the ACA, stopping U.S. support of the WHO, silencing the CDC.
Who is your friend and who is your foe? It has never been clearer than now.
JP Pierce - Coolidge
Since Jefferson first penned the words “created equal,” we have struggled with the concept of equality — racial, social, economic and constitutional equality — in this country. It seems to me even in the best of times our country takes only incremental steps down that long and difficult path. And, sometimes, that aspiring road toward human equality feels more like the road not taken. This week, thanks to Donald Trump, America took two giant goose steps down that road rarely taken — but in the wrong direction, as we’ve come to expect. We all saw it on CNN and MSNBC and Fox.
This time, had Trump’s delusional posturing not been so consequential, he would remain as usual an object of national scorn and ridicule — a gross caricature of some self-absorbed 18th century monarch, a Mel Brooks parody of Louis XVI, perhaps. “I love my people. Pull!”
Instead of human catapults, this week we saw peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park and national police using helicopters, tear gas and rubber bullets — plus Trump’s own bizarre threat of “ominous weapons” and “vicious dogs” — put a disgraceful end to that peaceful (and constitutionally protected) demonstration. Oh my, oh my, oh my, what transgressions did these demonstrators commit to bring such royal wrath down upon their heads? Lest we forget, those folks were protesting yet another police murder of an unarmed black man. They were protesting the institutional racism we have long ignored in this country. They were protesting the racial, social and economic inequalities that tear this country apart.
Frankly, who blames them? And, frankly, what a missed opportunity, a Churchill moment, to take an incremental step down that long and difficult path toward national unity.
Yet — as any deposed monarch will tell you — when the opposition grows exponentially, the king soon runs out of royal hounds.
Bill Alewyn - Coolidge
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has asked senior federal judges to retire early so that the U.S. Senate might install more and younger “right of center” judges, thus securing for Republicans a “right of center” judiciary for decades into the future. As with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider moderate Judge Garland for the Supreme Court during the Obama administration, this is further proof — if any is needed — that Republicans support party over country. It is Republican political power these senators and the Republican Senate majority are after at the expense of every American’s right to an independent judiciary.
America is not well served by a judiciary that is either right of center or left of center. Our judges should be politically neutral and independent. That is the ideal Americans expect and our lawmakers should be seeking. The promise over the front entrance to the Supreme Court is: “Equal Justice Under Law.” Over the back entrance it is “Justice, the Guardian of Liberty.”
These promises of justice, equality and liberty cannot be realized when every effort is made by the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to blatantly secure a “right of center” judiciary. The more politicized our courts and justice system become, the less respect Americans will have for law, the judiciary and senators who undermine our ideals and our government to serve the interests of their own political party.
Darlene Trainor - Tucson
Imagine your reaction if TV news broadcast video emanating from an African country that showed predominately white protesters rising up to get their decades-old story told. Imagine your empathy and understanding when you hear of unarmed white men being killed and killed and killed by black police — when non-lethal force would have been sufficient. Imagine your disgust when you’re told that white communities are less safe from COVID, more vulnerable to economic ravages and underserved by banks, law enforcement and elected officials.
Racism is alive in today’s America. Ignoring it does not help. By remaining silent and uninvolved, we become complicit and tolerant. The problem is systemic and widespread. Though subtle and many times difficult to identify, racism erodes the very fabric of a free and democratic society. Racism undermines the very notion of “we’re all in this together."
I’m not at all condoning violence. Destruction of property and life is abhorrent and counterproductive to carrying the message. Please keep in mind, 99.9% of the protesters are angry but peaceful. Their voice needs to be heard, their grievances are real and important. Their pain is deep and old and excruciating. Please see yourself in them, please put yourself in their shoes, please realize they are us and we are them! Please speak out whenever you encounter racism — whether from our president, friends, family or law enforcement!
Cynthia Gugenberger - Casa Grande
The unquestioning support that some self-described Christians extend to this president is baffling. Donald Trump does not now, nor has he at any time in his life as a public figure, demonstrated any of the qualities associated with Jesus Christ. He is not humble, charitable, forgiving, kind or compassionate. His embrace of the Christian faith, like everything else he does, is rooted in a selfish preoccupation with personal gain. Forget “Do unto others …” Trump’s mantra is “What’s in it for me?” He attends church only to get married (again and again) or as a photo op. Photos of him trying to look pious are, sadly, rather comical.
And to those who see him as “chosen,” those who think he was sent by God, well, if that’s true, your god needs to hire a quality control expert.
Janell Alewyn - Coolidge
For every job created while Arizona begins to open up again, countless people will apply for it. Employees should be able to demand their employers take at least minimal precautions against the spread of COVID-19. After all, any single business not acting responsibly can cause a spread throughout its community.
Unfortunately, employees may be put at the mercy of their employers, with no recourse except to give their jobs to the next person in the unemployment line. Why? All GOP state representatives voted to pass a short-term law that removes any threat to businesses for non-compliance with the CDC’s already-watered-down COVID-19 guidelines by prohibiting employees and customers from suing businesses where they contract the virus.
Even worse, some of the Pinal County legislators, state Sen. Leach, Rep. Finchem and Rep. Roberts, have gone so far as to sue Pima County to prevent businesses from adopting minimum standards of public health during this pandemic! Customers have the option to walk away. But employees are left with only one choice — to quit. With unemployment highest since the 1930s, it is an employer’s market, so if they want a job, employees and their families have to take the risk.
If you believe we should be working together to bring back the economy, open up Arizona and still protect everyone’s health, vote for Democrats this fall. It is obvious that Pinal’s GOP representatives think business comes first at all costs, even the health of their employees and customers.
Hollace Lyon - Saddlebrooke
All of a sudden, voting by mail around the country, including Arizona, has become a hot issue. Yet at least 73% of voters in Pinal county vote by mail and have consistently done so for some time. It is very reliable. Attached to your prepaid-postage ballot you are given a tear-off receipt, where you may go online and follow up to see if your ballot was received. How much more reliable can that be? You receive checks, driver's licenses and legal documents by mail, why not ballots? Oregon has gone to all mail in ballots. It is definitely constitutional and legal. We are worried that in November there may be a resurgence of the virus along with our regular flu season. Many poll workers are of an age that puts them at high risk for the flu and COVID. We learned this in March with the presidential preference election when poll workers, concerned about health risks, didn't show to work the polls.
There is concern that this could cause some poll locations to close and many voters to be inconvenienced. Save yourself a trip. Why risk it? What if you become ill, or are caring for a family member or can't get off from work, or have an emergency of some kind on Election Day? Exercise your most precious right and vote from your couch, in your pajamas if you choose. It's your right. Remember, voting is the most patriotic thing you will ever do. Sign up to vote by mail today at servicearizona.com.
Sharon Girard - Eloy
The writer is a Democratic candidate for the state House in Legislative District 8.
They’re at it again! State Legislative District 11’s Leach, Finchem and Roberts are abusing their powers by sticking their collective noses into business that’s none of theirs.
Saturday’s Dispatch article by Joey Chenoweth points out that these political extremists are calling on Arizona’s attorney general to prevent the Pima County Board of Supervisors from taking action intended to keep the public safe. Never mind that the Pima board took action based on input from over 120 members of the business and faith-based communities. Never mind that the Pima action is in compliance with CDC guidelines. Never mind that overwhelming citizen feedback has been not only positive but is asking for even more restrictions.
This is a familiar pattern for these three extremists. They’ve thwarted attempts by voters to clean their local environment, take a sensible step on gun safety and shine a small light on campaign financing — each of these in communities well outside of LD11 borders.
Meanwhile, I’m left wondering why these elected representatives are not lifting a finger to increase COVID testing in a state that recently ranked 51st in the nation. Why aren’t they pushing for heightened safety precautions before opening public schools? Why aren't they screaming for more protections for residents and staff at nursing homes? Where is their action regarding the growing number of domestic violence cases in Arizona or the poor heath care available for veterans?
The answer is simple: They don’t care about anything but political power. The solution is also simple: Run them out of office in the 2020 election. LD11 can do so much better!
Robin Jenkins - Arizona City
Katie Taylor of Scottsdale asserts in Tuesday's letters to the editor that "the primary purpose of government is not to keep you safe, but to protect your rights."
So if the purpose of government is not to keep us safe, we can dispense with all police departments, ambulance and EMT services, fire departments and all branches of the U.S. military as well as intelligence agencies?
Also we can eliminate local, state, and federal agencies whose very purpose is to promote public safety?
That should save us a bundle of money while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable. But at least our "rights" are protected.
Janell Alewyn - Coolidge
This letter was in the Arizona Republic on May 7, 2020.
I am in tremendous fear for my family’s life and mine. It will only be a matter of time before someone I love and know ends up dead, and trust me, I would prefer never to think like that. I’m an optimist, and so I can only hope that all this time will be enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. But, it sure doesn’t help with everyone sending in letters, whining about their rights and how they shouldn’t have to take precautions. Well, if you don’t care about yourself, then think about everyone else! In your crazy zeal, you could catch the pathogen and then hug your grandma and inevitably spread it to her!
Your ignorance and “patriotism” will end up killing people! Donald Trump is a very, very good example of that. He talks like a little child and bullies people. He tweets and yaps out lies. We need unity, and above all, stability. I would prefer to stay in for many more months, as long as it helps to stop the virus from harming more people. I would hope every one of those complaining about their rights being violated and deciding to show their xenophobia gets over their selfishness and listens. And no, I don’t mean Fox News.
Cissie King - Casa Grande
While many of us appreciate the fine line that doctors, nurses, and scientists must walk in trying to get reliable information out to the public while simultaneously avoiding the wrath of Donald Trump, few appreciate the fine line that Trump must walk in trying to appease the various factions of his base. For example, in suspending immigration, Trump gains the support of one sector of his base, the white nationalists, while other sectors, business and the 1%, do not embrace that policy. Pity poor Trump, trying to appeal to both the everyday working schmuck and the ultra-wealthy at the same time.
While blocking immigration appeals to some of Trump's base, just imagine the hardships the rich will face if Trump successfully limits immigration. Businesses may have to pay their workers a living wage with benefits like health insurance and paid leave time, and the rich will suddenly be faced with the challenge of mowing their own lawns, cooking their own meals and raising their own children.
JP Pierce - Coolidge
Usually, I can barely stomach a piece written by Cal Thomas. Today's piece, "Slanting of COVID-19 coverage," is an exception. Mr. Thomas follows the lead of Trump by castigating the media for their slanted coverage, using various quotes from Nicolle Wallace, David Brooks, Thomas Friedman and Joe Scarborough as examples. The thing is, those quotes all ring true in exposing Trump and his Republican sycophants for the inept, unfit bunch they are. So, I encourage Mr. Thomas to keep at it with the quotes. Keep showing the disaster that is Trump and the Republican Party. I love it!
To analyze further, let’s look at other articles in today's Dispatch: 1) Problems with the small business loan program preventing funds from getting to the true small businesses that need them. 2) The terrible treatment nurses received, here in Arizona, from re-open protesters egged on by Trump's "Liberate" tweets. 3) The response from residents on the border to continued construction on the wall, despite concerns about workers and Border Patrol coming into their small, isolated communities and possibly bringing the virus with them. 4) Health care facilities, in San Diego, that had planned to hire foreign nurses to deal with a shortage and now can't, due to his immigration ban. 5) The dangerous nature of Trump's "medical statements" in general.
I guess from all of this I should determine that the conservative-leaning Dispatch is slanting their coverage as well? Nope. There’s just too much out there to be ignored.
Nicholas Moorehouse - Casa Grande
I am ready to sign up for Dr. Trump's clinical trial, but I have a few questions first. Do I inject the disinfectant subcutaneous-ly or intravenously? On a full stomach or an empty stomach? Once a day or multiple times a day? Also, should I discontinue hydroxychloroquine prior to starting this new regimen? Given that this is experimental, I assume it won't be covered by my insurance. Oh wait. Since losing my job, I don't have insurance.
OK. Ready to give this a try, Chief. What have I got to lose? As Tex says, "there are things more important than living."
Footnote: This is sarcasm.
Janell Alewyn - Coolidge
Does everyone finally realize how horrible the conservatives are? How corrupt the Republican Party really is? They no longer work for our country. No, they work for Trump. Fox is just as corrupt. Trump has gotten people killed just because of his “advice.” More people will die because he said people can use this concoction. There are no medical facts backing up this. If it was true and worked, then hospitals would be using it right now. But they aren’t. And using ultraviolet light wouldn’t work either.
These are harmful to us. And so is Trump. And so, I ask all who support him: Is he worth it?
Janet Myers - Casa Grande
I must admit that it takes quite a bit to get my jaw to drop these days. Too many wild and crazy events and stories have dulled senses and sensibilities. Yet, I nearly fell out of my Saturday morning chair when I read the letter posted by Brad Marsh of CG.
Mr. Marsh accuses “New Democrats” of spreading mantras of “hate and disinformation” via letters to the Dispatch editor. He does this without citing a single specific example. OMG folks, when did providing actual facts become hateful disinformation?
As one who reads the Dispatch every print day, I have yet to see any Democrat write anything except to call out the dishonesty and incompetence of the administrations at the federal and state levels. Is it hateful to question Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis that has America with the world’s most infections and deaths? Is it disinformation to highlight Ducey’s late response or LD11’s Leach threatening of cities and mayors trying to protect their citizens?
What we’re seeing in the daily briefings does not match the truth at the front lines of the virus battle. While what I call #FauciFacts are helpful, most of these events have become campaign rallies. Reporters get humiliated — governors pitted against each other — self-praise as hundreds die each day. I can’t stand to watch any more of it.
Regardless of your party affiliation, I urge you to look for the facts. I beseech you to trust and believe the experts and scientists. I hope that you and your family stay safe, as does our nation and our democracy.
Ryan Summers - Casa Grande
I've been following the current debate surrounding universal vote-by-mail here in Arizona and across the country. Those in favor cite the need for social distancing in the COVID-19 era. The travesty in the recent Wisconsin primary where voters were required to leave their homes and stand in line for hours to vote in lousy weather and during a pandemic is unacceptable. The GOP seems to have put forward two arguments for blocking any forward-thinking legislation:
1. Republicans purport that mail-in ballots are subject to fraud. They invoke this premise with no valid supporting evidence. The recent claims about California are based on voter rolls containing names of deceased or moved voters. While those names are on the rolls and should be purged, there is no evidence that any of those people actually voted.
Oregon has had over 100 million vote-by-mail ballots cast over several years with a total of 12 ballots found to be miscast. The only widespread voter issue was in a North Carolina congressional district perpetrated by Republicans in 2016; that election was overturned by the courts.
2. Republicans believe that vote-by-mail balloting will increase voter turnout and hurt GOP chances of winning. This, I believe, is the real reason behind GOP efforts to block pro vote-by-mail legislation for the upcoming election. Their fear of losing the election because of increased voter turnout was clearly voiced by President Trump and has been echoed by several Arizona GOP state legislators.
The American spirit of democracy was once: "I may not agree with what you say but I'll fight to the death to defend your right to express it." That spirit does not exist in the party of Trump. Today's Republican Party wants to suppress voter turnout to protect their control and hang on to power. COVID-19 is not the only threat to America!
Cynthia Gugenberger - Casa Grande
It’s hard for anyone to have empathy for a man who has no empathy for anyone except himself. A man who castigates journalists who ask legitimate “nasty” questions and are “unappreciative” of the fine work he does. A man who brags about his COVID-19 press conference ratings and what a truly “great” and “amazing” and “fantastic” and “tremendous” and “incredible” job he is doing even though he inherited a thankless job from a previous “failed” and “broken” administration. Really, Donald?
About the only thing this self-aggrandizing perfect storm of a president hasn’t taken credit for is the new COVID-19 emergency face mask made from day-old pancakes and his own “incredible” lack of ownership to this crisis.
What a perfect time to self-quarantine from Donald Trump and stream old movies instead. Last night in the name of social distancing that is what I did. I couldn’t help compare General Turgidson’s argument for preemptive nuclear strike “ten to twenty million dead, depending on the breaks” to Trump’s “if we could hold that down to 100,000 and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job.”
Just so we’re on the same Trump/Turgidson tag team page here — we are talking body counts. Scarier yet, Trump’s new statistical revelation may prove — like his earlier packed churches all over our country by Easter hallucinations — aspirational at best.
Given the Grand Equivocator’s pathological allergies to truth, no one really knows what he’ll say next. I, for one, know not what future pearls of sophist wisdom might spew from the cleaved lips of our new General Turgidson. I do suspect those words will prove more unnerving than all the chilly stuff found in "Dr. Strangelove."
That’s because, unlike "Dr. Strangelove," Donald Trump isn’t fiction.
Bill Alewyn - Coolidge