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!