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Letters to the Editor Sunday, July 25


Many reasons to get your covid vaccination

Shame, shame on anyone able to get the covid vaccine and who has not.
Infection and hospitalizations are rising again, and the thought of repeating the last year is appalling.
If you won’t do it for your health, family, neighbors, co-workers and children, do it for the doctors, nurses, aides and staff who have been most battered by this pandemic and are still on the battle lines, ready to take care of the next wave if infections when they should not need to.
Linda Peterson
Round Lake

Palestinians must show they want peace

Critics of Israel often claim that Israeli leaders do not want peace with the Palestinians.
To the contrary, the facts indicate that Palestinian leaders do not want peace with Israel.
In this context, it is essential to note that Israel has signed peace treaties with former adversaries.
In 1979, Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt and in 1994 Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan.
In both cases, Israel returned land captured in battle.
At the Camp David Summit of 2000, convened by President Clinton, a land-for-peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians was drafted.
However, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat left at the eleventh hour without explanation.
Following the summit, Clinton said, “I regret that in 2000 Arafat missed the opportunity to bring that nation into being and pray for the day when the dreams of the Palestinian people for a state and a better life will be realized in a just and lasting peace.”
Apparently, Arafat did not want peace with Israel.
Arafat died in 2004, and soon after, the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, began to fight each other for leadership.
Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and in 2007 Hamas pushed Fatah from Gaza.
As was the case with Arafat, the leaders of Hamas have no interest in seeking peace with Israel.
Rather, Hamas leaders consider “the destruction of Israel” to be the primary objective of the organization.
There will be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians until the Palestinian leadership abandons its goal to destroy Israel.
Don Steiner

We can’t take our freedoms for granted

The good citizens of Cuba are taking to the streets to remind us once again that which we all know to be true.
The reality of Marxist socialism never ends in equality and prosperity for the masses.
In light of these events, the recent story regarding the Penn State student from Venezuela, Erik Suarez, who successfully organized a protest to get a quote from Fidel Castro removed from the wall of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on campus, is especially heartening.
Reading the words as quoted on the wall of the center, one can almost see the appeal, until you look at the byline and realize who the author is — a corrupt and heartless dictator.
With over six decades of evidence culminating in the live feeds we see coming out of Cuba today, it is shocking it took the voice of an international student whose own country is crumbling under the same poisonous falsehoods to bring the truth home.
It is challenging, but ultimately good to live in a democratic republic.
As today’s current events unfold, we must see that we cannot take this blessing for granted.
S. John Lynch


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ChuckD July 25, 2021
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The following happened yesterday in this space wherein a reliably alt-right commenter challenged another more clear-headed one to present supposed lies told by the previous President, who was twice impeached and rejected by the majority of American voters and then incited a violent insurrection when our government tried to certify the election results (something our loyal alt-righters clearly don’t want to talk about). As a sidebar, it’s also claimed that he should be considered the real hero in the war on the COVID pandemic because of something he (or his kids) dubbed “Operation Warp Speed”.

Ray can be excused for not giving a detailed response, because he probably knows it’s a repetition of the same predictable Whack-a-Mole debating technique we see from these types. Nothing of merit, but lots of, ‘well, what about…’-isms. But since the alt-righter, Mr. Aiken, clearly went to great effort to list (or cut and paste) his grievances Festivus-style of the sins of Joe Biden and the compliant mainstream media (The Fake News!), I figured my dog Ashley needed something to do and could better respond. Ashley barked 3 times (after a tummy-rub) which told me, ‘search on Trump lies about the pandemic!’. That fortuitously and quickly turned up a compilation of EXACT QUOTES our ersatz hero President blurted out as he struggled to maintain his comic book vision of leadership and being a strong man. I offer the following more detailed response.
The source is the former President himself up until October, 2020. My apologies for the length, but it seems like a quiet day here. A good day to establish who the real liar is anyway. Now this person leads the Republican Party.

Trump: “If the economic shutdown continues, deaths by suicide “definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about” for Covid-19 deaths.”

At that point in time, more than 200,000 Americans had died from COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But the number of people who died by suicide in 2017, for example, was roughly 47,000, nowhere near the Covid-19 numbers. Estimates of the mental-health toll of the Great Recession are mixed. A 2014 study tied more than 10,000 suicides in Europe and North America to the financial crisis.

Trump: “Coronavirus numbers are looking much better, going down almost everywhere,” and cases are “coming way down.”

When Trump made these claims in May 2020, coronavirus cases were either increasing or plateauing in the majority of American states. Over the summer, the country saw a second surge even greater than its first in the spring.

Trump: “The pandemic is “fading away. It’s going to fade away.”

Trump made this claim ahead of his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the country was still seeing at least 20,000 new daily cases and a second spike in infections was beginning.

Trump: “99%” of Covid-19 cases are “totally harmless.”

The virus can still cause tremendous suffering if it doesn’t kill a patient, and the WHO has said that about 15 percent of Covid-19 cases can be severe, with 5 percent being critical. Fauci has rejected Trump’s claim, saying the evidence shows that the virus “can make you seriously ill” even if it doesn’t kill you.

Trump: “We now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World.”

The U.S. had neither the lowest mortality rate nor the lowest case-fatality rate when Trump made this claim. As of July 13, the case-fatality rate—the ratio of deaths to confirmed Covid-19 cases—was 4.1 percent, which placed the U.S. solidly in the middle of global rankings. At the time, it had the world’s ninth-worst mortality rate, with 41.33 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University

Trump: Children are “virtually immune” to Covid-19.

The science is not definitive, but that doesn’t mean children are immune. Studies in the U.S. and China have suggested that kids are less likely than adults to be infected, and more likely to have mild symptoms, but can still spread the virus to their family members and others. The CDC has said that about 7 percent of Covid-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of Covid-19-related deaths have occurred in children.

Trump: The U.S. has “among the lowest case-fatality rates of any major country anywhere in the world.”

When Trump said this, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and India all had lower case-fatality rates than the U.S., which sat in the middle of performance rankings among all nations and among the 20 countries hardest hit by the virus.

Trump: America is “rounding the corner” and “rounding the final turn” of the pandemic.

Trump made these claims before and after the country registered 200,000 coronavirus deaths. As the winter approaches, coronavirus cases are increasing in a slew of states in the Midwest and the South, and data suggest that a third national surge might happen in the coming weeks. Fauci and CDC Director Robert Redfield have also warned Americans about the winter, with Fauci highlighting the “need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s not going to be easy.”
More Trump Covid-19 claims

In March: “You have to be calm. It’ll go away.”

In April: “I’m feeling good. I just don’t want to be doing — somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind.”

In May: “When we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing,…Because it means our testing is much better. I view it as a badge of honor, really, it’s a badge of honor.”

In June: “Coronavirus deaths are way down. Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World. Our Economy is roaring back and will NOT be shut down. “Embers” or flare ups will be put out, as necessary!”

Joe wants to shut down this Country. I want to keep it OPEN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020

In July: “You will never hear this on the Fake News concerning the China Virus, but by comparison to most other countries, who are suffering greatly, we are doing very well – and we have done things that few other countries could have done!”

In August: “We’ve done a great job in Covid but we don’t get the credit.”

In September: “Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system. But [the virus] affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing. By the way, open your schools everybody, open your schools.”

BILL WEMPLE July 25, 2021
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Trying to decide whether I should listen to highly trained, educated and experienced Medical Doctors, Immunologists, Virologists, or Epidemiologists, and especially front-line ER Nurses, or to some non-medical person(s), politicians, or news reporters who may have just barely passed High School Science class tell me whether vaccines are important or not? The choice is so hard…

FRED BARNEY July 25, 2021
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Lou thanks for the advice; but it would be helpful if it was prefaced with an explanation of the fault(s) you found with my statement. Until them my errors, your view not mine, will go uncorrected.

FRED BARNEY July 25, 2021
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Lou males cannot get an abortion! As for Evangelical Christian try to find a Rabbi that supports a Jewish wife killing their unborn child.

LOUIS RESTIFO July 25, 2021
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My heavens Linda Peterson, why would anyone want to get a Covid vaccine? Think of the possible consequences; becoming a werewolf or zombie within a few years, glowing green with government tracking devices with capabilities of watching you take a shower. – Who gives a hoot about about risking hundreds of thousands of lives, crippling the economy and stressing everything from education to healthcare? Certainly not me! It’s my right to do as I please with my body, oh yeah, except get an abortion because some Evangelical Christian hypocrite told me I shouldn’t. By the way what does hypocrite mean?

William Marincic July 25, 2021
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Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
D.H. Lawrence