Trump policies cost lives, hurt economy
Regarding Lawrence King’s Dec 12 letter (“Trump did much to earn 70 million votes”), the majority of BLM protests were peaceful, and even Attorney General Bill Barr referred to the exploitation by outside radicals and agitators.
Watch the stunt last June in Lafayette Square, where peaceful protesters were attacked at Trump’s direction, just another abuse of power.
Trump ignored when top Democrats received mail bombs, the Michigan governor was intimidated by armed protesters and almost kidnapped, a kid crossed state lines and killed two, told hate groups to “stand by,” a “Trump train” dangerously intimidated a Biden bus, and when a Proud Boy visited the White House.
Even Republican officials are being harassed and intimidated for following election laws.
Prepare for more violence from his followers carrying their “Eff Your Feelings” flags because he can’t handle losing. So he instead profits off it. He’s a businessman, after all.
We the People said NO to an American Putin, but he’ll continue to undermine a fair election and claim Biden is an illegitimate president. His ego will not allow any respect for the Office of the Presidency.
But Mr. King’s focus was the economy. I could argue points, but ultimately Trump fumbled the economy by fumbling the covid response.
Too many Americans died because of his lying, cover up and politicization. He gambled on a vaccine (for a Democratic hoax) before the election and lost. Sorry, but no amount of money is worth the suffering and division of its citizens, millions losing health care, over 300,000 dead Americans or the dismantling of our republic.
Nursing home’s closing is a warning
Your Dec. 11 article (“Nursing home to shut its doors”) on the planned closure of Saratoga Center, formerly Maplewood Manor, is a sobering reminder of what happens when local governments relinquish control of public assets.
Maplewood Manor was, indeed, an asset to the community.
It was a place where generations of county residents (taxpayers) turned to for skilled nursing, regardless of the size of their bank accounts.
In 2012, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors decided that Maplewood Manor was too costly to maintain; a burdensome investment in people that simply had to be sold to a corporation or risk increased taxes.
At that time, the majority of community residents said they would gladly pay a few extra bucks a year to keep Maplewood Manor open. The concern was that conditions at the home would deteriorate, that needed infrastructure investments would not be made and, once again, the almighty dollar would be the chief calculus.
The board acted in haste, with no plans for additional oversight.
Promises were broken, staffing levels and salaries were reduced, and various services were further privatized.
It should have never come to this. Now, during the holidays and a pandemic, Saratoga Center residents have to find a new home, and the staff, who are forced to make do in the most difficult of circumstances, will have to find work elsewhere.
There is a lesson to be learned here about the value of investing in our community, the dangers of bottom-line considerations and the role local governments play in safety-net services.
The writer is CSEA Capital Region president.
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