A simple gift to show concern for others
This is a unique time in which we are living.
We are challenged to change how we go about our daily lives and it offers us an opportunity to find new ways to live together as a community.
By wearing masks, washing our hands and respecting social distancing, we have the opportunity to show our concern and care for another person’s well-being. What an inexpensive and thoughtful gift.
Lois M. Dodge
Shame on Stefanik for fealty to Trump
This is an open letter to Rep. Elise Stefanik.
If we ever met, you wouldn’t like me. I’m a registered Democrat, which, in your words, makes me a “socialist and a radical.” But I’m an American citizen first and foremost.
That means – unlike you since you fell under Donald Trump’s spell – I put our representative democracy before party.
You were not always a Trump shill. When you first took office, you kept Trump at arm’s length, opposing his most idiotic policies: the border wall, tariffs, withdrawing troops from Syria and even his tax cuts. Then came the impeachment hearings and you lurched hard right. You attacked witnesses of unassailable character to impress right-wing avatars like Breitbart, The Wall Street Journal, the National Review, and most importantly, Donald Trump himself.
You even landed a coveted gig on Fox News. And for what, to show that it was OK for a president to pressure a foreign government into launching a baseless investigation in hopes of damaging the reputation of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden?
After that performance, you went full Trump. By joining 125 other Republican representatives and 17 state attorney generals in a Texas lawsuit that asked the Supreme Court to overthrow the elections in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, based on allegations the courts in 59 other lawsuits rejected, you demonstrated your unquestioned loyalty to the Dear Leader.
Thankfully, that lawsuit ended up in the high court’s dumpster.
Shame on you.
Tax all internet sales 10% to help suburbs
As we struggle to defeat a biological virus, an economic virus is beginning to infect America.
I call it the generic Amazon virus, which is decimating downtowns and malls and making their employees obsolete.
The result may lead to bankruptcies of both malls and the suburbs, which depend on their taxes.
As a vaccine for this epidemic, I suggest a 10% toll road tax on all consumer internet sales.
The internet itself must cost the government much to supervise.
And a portion could be sent to states and localities already strapped by the covid pandemic.
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