Today’s anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers are a danger to society. Facts and civil and reasonable argument are wasted on those people who refuse to listen or comply no matter what. You can recognize them as they rant against those who wear masks and choose to be vaccinated. You can hear them shouting and see them assaulting in supermarkets and at school board meetings. You can hear them threatening people who dare to use reasonable precautions to protect their health and the health of the people around them.
Where once they would have accepted these precautions, they now find excuses to reject them. They are emboldened by elected officials who fail to mandate in the public interest. I’m talking about governors like Ducey and DeSantis and others who act as self-appointed medical experts, as did former President Trump, and end by sabotaging a national effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants. School boards and city councils are penalized by the threat or actual loss of state funds when they do the right thing to protect their children and citizens with local mandates. State government forbids local control while at the same time hypocritically spouting a conservative talking point that local government closest to the people is the best government. These elected officials pose as the protectors of “freedom” as they pander to a right-wing base to secure Republican gains in the next election.
Before the next election, it is estimated 700,000 people will be dead from COVID. The base, unable or unwilling to accept the responsibility that comes with true freedom — the responsibility to act without harming others — storms across the country unwashed, unmasked and unvaccinated, aiding the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta and Mu variants.
Raging fires, record temperatures, diminishing water; how can one not believe in scientifically proven climate change? With his disdain for the will of the voters and the rampant corruption in his administration (as explosively detailed by The Arizona Republic), how can Gov. Ducey seek the presidency when what’s in order is his resignation? While the nation laughs at Arizona’s Cyber Ninjas “fraudit,” an exercise riddled with incompetence and based on “The Big Lie,” how can one support Republicans responsible for the clown show? How can one support Attorney General Brnovich and his try for higher office as he proudly announces an investigation into “election irregularities” while refusing to investigate election tampering by Giuliani, Ward and Trump’s White House?
How can any member of Congress that voted against a bipartisan commission and/or downplayed the events of Jan. 6 walk past a Capitol Police officer without averting their eyes in shame? With COVID cases, serious illness and deaths on the rise, how can those who distribute vaccine misinformation, done for purely political (Republican) purposes, live with themselves? Knowing the unfortunate truth about the most despicable and incompetent president in our history, with more coming out every day, why are Republican politicians lining up to kiss his ring? How does this vile man continue his hold over what was once a reasonable, effective party? Knowing that the Republican Party no longer exists, hijacked by Trump and his ilk, how can one continue to support the now Retrumplican Party at any level? Questions to ponder.
How did LD11 get more than its fair share of extremist and dangerous state legislators? Sen. Leach is known for doing all he can to undermine the will of Arizona voters, Rep. Finchem is being recalled because of his encouragement of the Jan. 6 insurrection and now Rep. Roberts is publicly attacking lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations.
These three are among the most far right fear and hate mongers in a state Legislature jam-packed with “Big Lie” and weirdo conspiracy theorists. While the craziness can usually be written off as bizarre or even silly, Roberts has crossed the line into becoming a public health risk.
In two separate CG Dispatch articles, Roberts is quoted as bragging about not being vaccinated and questioning the efficacy of the approved vaccines. He makes some ridiculous comparison between Hepatitis C (spread by sharing injection needles) and COViD-19 (spread mainly via the air). He minimizes the deadly impact of COVID-19 across America and implies that only people over 72 need worry and that those deaths aren’t important anyway.
Rep. Bret Roberts is a public heath risk. As a state legislator, he has a responsibility to provide honest information to his constituents and he has failed in that task. The CG Dispatch front page headline quotes Dr. Cara Christ (state health director) saying Roberts’ comments are hurting vaccination efforts in Arizona. But headlines aren’t enough to stop science deniers like Roberts — the voters of LD11 need to take direct action.
Please call 800-352-8404 and tell Rep. Roberts to stop putting Arizona lives at risk by spreading false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Let him know that we, the voters, will not tolerate his dangerous dishonesty any longer.
Sen. Ron Johnson wasn’t afraid of “patriotic, law abiding” Jan. 6 insurrectionists. But he sure would have been if it was Black Lives Matter. Ted Cruz deserts Texas for the beaches of Cancun. No Republican voted for the American Rescue Plan Act, yet several rushed out messages to their constituents touting the results, taking credit for something they voted against! Arizona representatives cozy up to white supremacists.
Instead of working with Democrats to help the American people, they’re focused on Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head. This inane focus is meant to deflect from their numerous efforts, nationwide, to suppress the vote.
Unable to accept defeat based on policies that were rejected by the majority of American voters (yes ,he lost, and no, there was no voter fraud) they turn on the most precious right in our democratic republic, the right to vote. They aren’t concerned about election integrity. It’s crickets in regard to the newly released reports detailing pro-Trump Russian interference in the 2020 election, but howls of fury in regard to non-existent voter fraud here at home.
They wonder why Democrats are skeptical of working with them. Well, their record speaks for itself. It is apparent that Democrats must do whatever has to be done, with or without Republican assistance. End or alter the filibuster. Pass and implement HR 1. Move forward on District of Columbia statehood. Continue to erase the stain of the Trump “presidency” from our nation. Do what has to be done, with or without them.
After the GOP acquitted Trump using a faulty constitutional excuse to cover their complicity in the insurrection, I must conclude that the Republican Party has Jan. 6 blood on its hands — the stain and stench is fully shared by every Republican. Mr. Atchue’s Saturday letter was correct: The GOP owns Jan. 6 and we should never forget.
In the epitome of hypocrisy, Mitch McConnell voted to acquit and now extolls Democrats to clean up his crap. Of course, he’ll be the first to accuse them of attacking political foes. It’s the same with the GOP’s failure to chastise House members Green, Gosar, Biggs and Arizona Rep. Finchem. Today’s GOP is strengthening its alliance with the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, QAnon and every right-wing extremist and militia organization. The message is clear: The GOP protects insurrectionists; no conspiracy theory is too outlandish.
Now, the GOP’s pushing voter suppression legislation. Using the very lies and conspiracy theories they themselves generated to say voters don’t trust the election system. Even the editor of this paper wrote, without a single shred of proof, that there were “shenanigans in vote counting in some states." The GOP “big lie” is being kept alive to inspire more violence and less democracy in America.
If the GOP seeks unity and common ground, they first have to crawl out of the latrine of their own making. Fed up GOP voters should leave the party, saying: “Enough is enough”! Remember: Your silence is complicity!
Imagine yourself seated in a movie theater when suddenly you see flames shooting up from the on-stage curtains. Quickly the fire-engulfed curtains begin to fall on the first several occupied rows of viewers — trapping and killing them. The scene is filled with unimaginable horror.
As you begin to get to your feet and run for your life, the theater manager walks down the aisle and announces: “Ladies and gentlemen, please stay in your seats, no need to panic. The fire will soon put itself out. In fact, ignore those firefighters and first responders — they get paid extra for trying to scare people, they’re lying about the danger!” Of course, the fire continues to spread and more viewers die.
This insane-sounding story is exactly what Donald Trump and Don Jr. are bringing to the American people across the country. As daily new COVID infections exceed 80,000 and American deaths reach nearly 1,000 per day, the Trumps are telling us there’s no danger and everything is under control. They want us to believe that our frontline medical heroes are lying in order to make more money.
Whether you’ve voted already or not, regardless of whom your vote goes to, please do not trust your health and life to these liars. Stay away from their super spreader campaign events — don’t let yourself get stranded on a tarmac because the Trump campaign was too negligent to provide transportation. And most of all, please believe the doctors and scientists who are risking their lives to keep Americans alive.
Pandemics don’t care if you’re party affiliated or not. Stay safe, wear a mask in public and trust the doctors.
I’m writing to follow up on a letter to the editor I read in last week’s Dispatch. The writer, Ralph Atchue, referred to a list of notable Republicans and hundreds of retired high-ranking officers from every branch of the military who have decided that our current president is not fit to be re-elected. Since that edition, at least two more noteworthy patriots have stepped forward to sound the alarm that America is in trouble.
First came Olivia Troye, very recent adviser to VP Mike Pence and a top administrator of the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Ms. Troye opened a window into the way Trump discounted scientific facts and data as well as disparaging the lives of everyday Americans. She confirmed the pressure put on the CDC to water down reports and science-based guidelines for mitigating the COVID spread in meat processing plants. As an insider with a bird’s-eye view, she’s of the opinion that Trump’s lies cost American lives.
Second was Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cardillo, who helped to write and deliver the “Daily Presidential Briefing," describes Trump as being disinterested in any information that didn’t fit his preconceived ideas regarding threats to America.
We are at a time in America that has never been seen in history. We have a sitting president who is being judged by those who have seen him close up as being unfit and too dangerous to reelect. This is not a drill, this is not rhetorical, this is not an exaggeration. Please base your vote on facts and what’s really best for America. This election is nothing short of Trump vs. democracy.
With so much uncertainty surrounding Arizona and the USA these days, I think we could all use a big dose of reliable and stable leadership in Congress. This is no time to get experimental or ideological. This is no time to abandon what’s been working very well for the past four years.
I support the reelection of Arizona CD1 Congressman Tom O’Halleran. Since being elected to his first term, Tom has been the most pragmatic and hardworking member of the House of Representatives. Arizona’s families have been able to count on Tom to sponsor and support legislation that treats them as his only priority. When it came to COVID economic relief, Congressman O’Halleran worked around the clock to make sure working families and small businesses were covered. When it comes to health care, Tom has never stopped fighting to make sure our most vulnerable get treated fairly.
Whether we’re talking about businesses, working families, senior citizens, students and teachers or Native Americans, Tom O’Halleran is our best bet in Congress. Tom works across party lines for cooperation and coordination when it matters most. I trust Tom O’Halleran to continue to represent me — he’ll get my vote!
The Dispatch editorial on Thursday said violence would destroy the point of the protests. Ironically, the editorial itself was a direct attempt to destroy and misrepresent the point of the nationwide and worldwide protests.
The editorial sought to use the protests to push a political and anti-labor agenda. It blamed Democrats and labor unions. It trivialized the decades-old systemic racism that spans legal, health, education, law enforcement, judicial and economic lines. It told us how uncommon the problem is and it’s all about a relatively small number of bad cops.
Blaming Democrats ignores what Republicans have done to cut funding for public education and community programs intended to equalize the severely tilted playing fields. No mention of the Republican-controlled Department of Justice dismantling reforms intended to work through state and local law enforcement to heal and unite communities. Completely ignored are the racial differences in wage earnings, housing and employment opportunities.
Saying that police labor unions are to blame is akin to saying defendants don’t deserve to be represented. For far too long, police and other public employees were pawns in political battles. In a system of patronage, they could be disciplined or fired for not being loyal to the politicians in power. Prior to union representation, they had no recourse. If legal defense is at fault, should we get rid of defense attorneys and public defenders all together?
The nation and the world are erupting in protest because the system is racially unfair. From rates of COVID death to incarcerations to unemployment and poverty, the evidence is clear and unambiguous! Misleading editorials seek to hide the truth and breadth of the issue but the facts are indisputable. The knee crushing George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes wasn’t the entire point, it was horror that brought the world’s attention to the undeniable point: Racism still thrives!