Trump must resign over his actions
Why wasn’t this the headline in The Daily Gazette the day after recorded conversations by Bob Woodward of President Trump, as far back as February, saying he knew COVID-19 was deadly, airborne, would affect children and was much deadlier than the flu were revealed?
Trump chose to deceive Americans and that cost tens of thousands of lives. The blood of those excess deaths is on his hands. Trump says he purposely downplayed COVID-19 because he didn’t want to cause panic. But he didn’t worry about panic when he warned of imaginary invasions of our suburbs (neighbors of color) and caravans of rapists and killers at our borders (statistics show lower crime rates among immigrants than U.S. citizens).
In a pre-Trump world, every newspaper’s front page headlines would have been on this subject.
These revelations would have prompted an immediate resignation. Trump’s deception is bigger than Watergate, which resulted in no deaths. Citizens are so worn down by the crisis of the day from this administration that nothing shocks anymore.
We may be worn down, but the president has worn down any legitimacy for staying in office. He must resign.
Don’t show people violating covid rules
Could The Gazette please get behind the ideas of mask wearing and social distancing and stop printing pictures of people who are not obeying the rules?
You could be setting an example and help get rid of this virus instead of showing how many fools are not more considerate of others. Maybe insisting that you will no longer print pictures of people not following CDC rules would help.
Police training fell short in Prude case
Daniel Prude died during an arrest on March 30.
The union representative for the Rochester Police department had this to say in defense of his officers:
“To me, it looks like they were watching the training in front of them and doing step by step what the training says to do,” said Michael Mazzeo, president of the Locust Club. “If there’s a problem with that, let’s change it.”
Police procedures apparently instruct officers to force a handcuffed offender, completely restrained and showing no threat, to the ground.
They are then instructed to force the face of this already restrained person into the ground while pressure (often in the form of a knee) is applied to the back and neck until no more resistance is perceived by the officer.
There is a history of this procedure being true. Tony Timpa Aug. 1, 2019; George Floyd, May 25; Jacob Bauer, Aug. 2018; and Robert Ethan Sayler, Jan. 12, 2013.
He was in a mental health crisis (possibly drug-induced but the cause is not the issue). He had been evaluated and released from an emergency room the previous day after a possible suicide attempt. Where was the 72-hour hold required if a patient is a danger to himself? Where was the five-day hold required after a failed suicide attempt? If he had been evaluated and treatment provided, we would not be in this situation today.
Sue E. Martin
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