Letter to the Editor
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I had to laugh when I read the responses to the CommStock Report. Did you listen to the first debate? Ask Chris Wallace, the moderator, from Trump's favorite TV station how he felt about all the yelling, vitriol, and refusal to let anyone else speak. Not to mention inviting a far right group to use violence. "Stand up and stand by." It was unbelievable that an American president would behave in such a manner. It will not go down in history books as flattering.
As for the COVID response, Trump told Bob Woodward on Feb. 7 that he knew that COVID was airborne and deadly, but he told the American people that it was a mild flu, nothing to worry about. The Irish Times reported on April 25 " The world has loved, hated, and envied the U.S. Now, for the first time, we pity it. ... The U.S. went into the coronavirus crisis with immense advantages: precious weeks of warning about what was coming, the world's best concentration of medical and scientific expertise, effectively limitless financial resources, a military complex with stunning logistical capacity and most of the world's leading technology corporations. Yet it managed to make itself the global epicenter of the pandemic. As the Atlantic Magazine put it. ..." the United States reacted ... like Pakistan or Belarus — like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering."
Although it had been known for some time that masks could help prevent the spread of COVID, Trump refused to wear a mask or encourage mask-wearing and continued to hold large rallies against public health advice. Consequently he, Melania, and a number of staffers and senators contracted the virus and at least one, Herman Cain, died of it. If the majority of the public would wear masks, there wouldn't be a question of another shutdown. But those who insist on hanging out in bars and restaurants, holding big parties and wedding receptions unmasked are endangering all of us. As a person more than 65 years old and at high risk I would like to go to church, the store, the library. Because some people have been irresponsible, my husband and I will be spending Thanksgiving and Christmas alone without our children and grandchildren.
— Mary Marske, Spencer