OPINION

The Trump Show

September 30, 2020

Editor:

In May, President Donald Trump convinced Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to open early. Which was tragic. Opening too soon and not following strict mask, testing and quarantine rules causes sixty to seventy percent more deaths and long term illness from COVID-19.

But Trump had no national plan for COVID-19. Meanwhile his economy was tanking.

Sadly, by July there were thousands of grieving families and tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. And Trump badly needed a fall guy. He took his show on the road telling believers that Joe Biden was a bigger threat. Why? Because Biden is a long time champion of Medicare and Social Security.

Trump’s payroll tax cut drains Social Security. He’s defunding Medicare and pressing for the dismantling of the Affordabel Care Act. For this show guy it’s not about what works, it’s about bulldozing whatever dowsn’t have the Trump name on it.

So Social Security and Medicare are in grave danger under Trump. And millions of seniors are in threat of losing their healthcare and retirement income if Trump gets re-elected and gets to finish off both programs.

Trump’s latest script ignores more facts. For instance what about all of those jobs Trump promised to export from China and Mexico? He’s had four years to traipse around the country at rallies and golf tournaments (choosing those over meeting with union officials, manufacturers looking to invest here and businesses waiting for vital infrastructure projects). We don’t care that he wasted a quarter of his time having fun at our expense, we want action not distractions like Trump golf course openings and his hotel room bookings.

Take away Trump’s show props and the reality is instead of creating jobs he does what comes naturally. He makes money cheap to borrow. That’s not how you grow capitalism. That’s how a select few (mostly builders like himself) make money. Meanwhile, 30 million of us are out of work since COVID hit.

This election, let’s put an end to the Trump Show where we are the suckers and losers. And vote for Biden, who has actually created tens of millions of jobs, negotiated and passed the Affordable Care Act and has a national health plan to contain COVID

Time to feel safe again with someone as president who will fight to keep Social Security and Medicare while making the real deals to bring offshore jobs back–only Joe Biden has that experience.

Rebecca Highstreet, Mohave Valley

Mohave Daily News

Small price to pay

September 24, 2020

Editor:

You would think that people who profess to be so concerned about the economy and it being shut down would want to help speed up the recovery.

Did anyone tell these people that following the guidelines of the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) would help ensure that the spread of the disease would recede faster and our progress report would be much better, much sooner?

Putting a mask on, respecting distance , practicing good physical hygiene and staying away from crowds isn’t really that big a price to pay for getting this thing put to bed so that we can get on with our lives, is it?

Come on.

Marianne Tate, Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

Perspective

September 13, 2020

Editor:

We can use some perspective about the reports of protests and riots that have been taking pace. If we only rely on what President Donald Trump claims, we might believe that such violence is occurring all over the country and whole cities are being destroyed. We have seen numerous videos of fires on the evening news. We also have been shown photos from the White House that depicted flames that werealledgedly due to rioting in Portland, only tolearn later that the photos were scenes of civil unrest in Spain.

Some cities have had protests, some of which have devolved into reioting. However, if we consider the number of cities in this vast country, we see there are very few that have had voulenceand rioting. Most Americans are unaffected by it.

Trump claims that the unrest is happening only in cities with Democratic mayors. The truth is that there are a number of cities that have had protests resulting in rioting that are headed by Republican mayors: San Diego; Jacksonville, Florida; Oklahoma City and Tulsa; Omaha, Nebrasks; Miami; and Fort Worth to name a few. Trump has never cited any of them.

The cities we are seeing on the news are not being destroyed, and it should be noted that the areas where destruction has occurred are very small. The activity in Portland, for example is relegated to a few blocks of the downtown area. The same holds true for Kenosha, Wisconsin. If the cameras recording damage could be turned 180 degrees, the picture we get of actual damages would give us a different perspective.

Do not misunderstand me. I do not condone violence and property damage.

But I also do not condone the damage done by a president who proclaims that the rioting is caused by “anarchists” and “thugs”. Meanwhile, a caravan of hundreds of vehicles from out-of-state invaded a peaceful protest in Portland recently. Pickup trucks decorated with pro-Trump flags were carrying rightwing vigilantes who were labeled “patriots”. Shooting peaceful protesters with paintballs and spraying them with chemical irritants earned them thjat praise from Trump.

Trump knows he is in daner of losing the election, and he is tryingto divert our attention away from the fact we are all still living with a tanking economhy, high unemployment and the loss of thousands of American lives amid a pandemic.

We deserv better. Only we can stop the “American carnage” he has brought us. Vote.

Charlotte Costello, Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

Pro-Life or Anti- Abortion?

August 30, 2020

Editor:

In response to Greg Voss’ letter-to-the-editor printed in the MVDNEWS on Sunday 23 August 2020.  He wrote of the atrocity of abortion and even quoted Nelson Mandela, and I couldn’t agree more.
Here, however, lies the problem. When anti-abortionist say pro-life, what they mean is pro-birth, and then vote for and actively support legislators who not only oppose abortion, but also want to defund programs that provide school lunches or health care, who oppose access to contraceptives and defunds Planned Parenthood, which provides women with birth control options.
What anti-abortionists clearly say, when they claim to be pro-life, is that their morale compass is way off, because all they want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, and not a child housed.  They work very hard, and loud, to assure no tax money goes to any program that would support mother and child.
Once pro-birth anti-abortionists readjust their misguided morality and actually embrace pro-life, let me know, but in the meantime I’ll vote for legislators that’ll support a woman’s right to make her own decisions and programs that will support her and, if she chooses, her child. 

Rich Hall

Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

8/30/2020

Kelly vs. McSally

August 28-29, 2020

Editor:

We know about the candidates for the presidential race and should have an idea who we will vote for; the continuation of the GOP chaos or for an intelligent, proactive plan to get us out of our darkness.

However, there is another important race that America is watching in Arizona. It is the U.S. Senate race between Martha McSally and Mark Kelly.

Let’s look at McSally’s voting record on health care.

Both as a member of the House of Representatives and as a senator, McSally has supported efforts to undo the health law-voting in 2015 to repeal it and in 2017 to replace it with the American Health Care Act, whichwould have permitted insurers to charge higher premiums for people with complicated medical histories and pre-existing conditions.

“Anyone who voted for that bill was voting totake away the ACA’s preecxisting condition protections,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “Sen. McSally is truing to erase history for electoral purposes.”

McSally has, in her votes, been consistent about cutting back benefits and trying to repeal the ACA without any clear plan in mind that would protect people who gained insurance through the ACA. McSally has learned from President Donald Trump on how to lie as her words on preexisting condition protections don’t align with her votes. Her votes are her record.

Actions speak louder than words, Sen. McSally.

Vote Kelly and let’s keep our medical protections with coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Karen Moscato

Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

8/28-29/2020

Who is Donald Trump?

August 23, 2020

Editor:

With a daily barrage of comments from the president, I wanted to compose a reply, but I found the post from Bill Herrera describing the president, covered so many areas, and said it so much better:

“The’billionaire’ who hides his tax returns. The ‘genius’ who hides his college grades. The ‘businessman’ who bankrupted three casinos and lost $1 billion in 10 years. The ‘playboy’ who pays for sexx. The ‘virologist’ who knows more than Dr. Fauci. The ‘leader of the free world’ who said he ‘fell in love’ with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. The ‘Christian’ who doesn’t go to church. The ‘president’ who committed treason by turning a blind eye to Russian bounties on our soldiers. The ‘unifier’ who calls white supremacists fine people. The ‘philanthropist’ who defrauds charity. The ‘patriot who dodged the draft five times. The ‘innocent man’ who refuses to testify. The ‘president’ who takes no responsibility. The ‘tough, strong’ man who wears makeup and hairspray. The ‘deal maker’ who has yet to close a deal. This is the president of the United States who claims he’s making America great?”

I would add to his list, the “saboteur” who is willing to undermine the U.S. Postal Service to delay delivery of mail to enhance his corruption remarks-spewing election disorder of counting mail-ballots as an excuse when he loses.

This is a president and an administration of congressional Republicans that has brought the swamp into our democracy. It’s time to restore the soul of America and build back better! The action is clear: Vote Biden/Harris 2020. And return your ballot early.

Kathy Jones

Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

8/23/2020

Post office under siege

August 21, 2020

Editor:

We voters have used mail-in ballots for years. Sometimes we get the president we want, sometimes we don’t. So why suddenly are they under attack?

President Donald Trump is concerned the 170,000 COVID-19 deaths under his presidency will end his term. So he’s looking for a scapegoat.

First Trump attacked mail-in votes, saying they’re more prone to fraud. But Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii prove the opposite is true using only mail-in votes. Of the 250 million mail-in votes in the last 20 years, only 1286 were discovered to be fraudulent, and most of those cases received convictions (according to conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation).

Second, Trump moved to undercut the organization delivering the votes. His appointee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, is having mail sorting machines ripped out, blue deposit boxes are being hauled off and overtime is being cut in post offices throughout major cities. Why dismantle or greatly harm the post office during a pandemic and right before a national election? Because chaos and mistrust sew seeds of doubt in case the election doesn’t go Trump’s way.

We’re switching to mostly mail-in votes for a very important reason, because COVID-19 is highly contagious.

States like Arizona have put in extra measures to protect against fraud. An example are the two person teams, one from each party, who compare past voter signatures to those on the incoming ballot. It’s one of many ways to make sure only the rightful voter has their ballot counted.

Trump complaining about hoards of illegal mail-in ballots is a smokescreen to hide his fear that the 30 million unemployed on his watch will catch up with him this November.

Doesn’t matter who you’re voting for, our great post office should be off limits to politics. So contact your Arizona senators and representatives about putting all those necessary post office sorting machines and drop-off boxes back where they belong, pronto!

That is how we will make America great.

Rebecca Highstreet,

Mohave Valley

Mohave Daily News

8/21/2020

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What most of us want

August 12, 2020

Editor:

Are all Americans beginning to understand we are all in this together?  Whether an Aways-Trumper a Never-Trumper, we know he and his administration play with the truth to suit his agenda.  Some are fine with that, others prefer the facts.

But, to take our postal service from serving the nation’s communities to serving corporate coffers, doesn’t help the real citizen.

Most of us want to be sure we have affordable medical service.

Most of us want to have the Social Security and Medicare that we pay into available when the time comes.

Most of us want to be sure that our tax dollars go to aid our lives and that everyone pays their fair share.

Most of us want to be assured that our children will have a good and safe education.

All these and ore should ensure that we approach this election vote with our hearts and minds, not someone else’s agenda.

See, we are not that different.

Finally, it is crucial to honor our First American brothers and sisters and make peace with our “Not My Color” Americans.  If we don’t, we may go down in history as the Last Americans.

BJ Blank Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

8/12/2020

Combination of both

August 10, 2020

Editor:

In response to the letter to the Editor on Aug. 6 titled “Preserve your freedoms”. I would like to address the difference between capitalism and socialism.  Unfortunately, in our highly charged political world, it seems many people think that there is only one or the other at stake.  If you look at the history of the United States government, you will see that our democracy holds elements of both capitalism and socialism.  And many people do not understand that they rely on “socialist” programs that our government has put into place.

          As a retired citizen, I rely on Social Security to help me live a comfortable life.  Many call Social Security a socialist program.  And in many ways, it is.  It is run by the government completely.  We contribute, and once we do, that money is controlled by a federal program.  Before Social Security came into being in 1935, 50% of our citizens of retirement age lived in poverty.  In the 85 years that Social Security has existed, the federal government has not missed a payment to a citizen as opposed to some pension funds which have failed.

          On the other end of the spectrum, I also have been responsible and made contributions to y 401(k) through my employer and to my Individual Retirement Account.  This is the other side capitalism.  If it weren’t for capitalism, these programs would not exist.

          Under a purely capitalist government, each individual would be responsible for creating their own retirement fund.  I was lucky to be able to do this.  How many people do you think would voluntarily do this, or could afford to do this on local wages?  What would happen to those people when they could no longer work if there was no Social Security program?  They would live in poverty as our citizens did before.

In a purely capitalist system, there would be no public schools, public parks, social Security, Medicare, public highways police or fire departments.  Pure capitalism is basically “every man for himself”.  How does that equate to “of the people, by the people and for the people”?

          Pure socialism, on the other hand, gives all control to the government.

          The United States has been a combination of capitalism and socialism from its inception.  A government that is “of the people and by the people” allows the citizens to elect those they feel are capable of carrying on the duties of government.  These elected officials represent the people and the ideals  A government “for the people” attempts to take care of its citizens.  These ways of caring for citizens, our social safety net, attempt to keep abject poverty at bay, to help those in need, and to provide a culture where we care about each other not just ourselves.

          The advanced democracies of Europe are combinations of socialism and capitalism with stronger social safety nets than ours.  This has led to less income inequality than we see in the United States.

          So really, it is not just capitalism and it is not just one or the other.  In the United States, we have advantage of both.  To completely demolish either would be the end of democracy as we have known it.

          When you are placing your vote in the fall, please spend time understanding how the candidates might affect your daily life.  Do they represent you and what you need to survive on an everyday basis?  Don T decide by what social media or television or talk shows tell you.  Don’t let rhetoric scare you into voting. You will not be “enslaved” b your choice, you are a free citizen.  Use your freedom to learn about the issues yourself.  Be sure you know the facts (there are several fact-checking websites out there).  Use your freedom and rights as a citizen of the United States of America to cast an informed vote.

Georgiana Stacey

Bullhead City

Mohave Daily News

8/10/2020

BUILD BACK BETTER

August 9, 2020

Editor:

   I would like to respond to the letter to the editor, “Preserve your freedoms”. My belief is that all Americans want to preserve our freedoms. The founding fathers gave us the Constitution to live by. The first three words in the Constitution are the most powerfulWe the People. They declare that the Constitution derives its power not from a king or a Congress, but from the people themselves.

   When the Constitution was written, the people all helped each other in their endeavors. That was a reality even in the 20th century, I remember neighbors coming in to help when someone was sick or hurt, with whatever needed done. Cook for the family, work the fields, take care of the store.

    In 1861, Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.

   A form of socialism has always been a norm in America.  Democratic socialistsbelieve that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not tomake profits for a few. A few benefits you currently enjoy from democratic socialism include police, fire departments, ambulances, veterans services, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, libraries, schools. All the programs paid for by your taxes, both Federal and State.

   In a capitalist market economy, decision-making and investments are determined by every owner of wealth, property or production ability in financial and capital markets whereas prices and the distribution of goods and services are mainly determined by competition in goods and services markets. The way Capitalism is going to be killed in America is when the majority of the people have no money to buy the products produced. Not the President or Congress or our elected officials have anything to do with Capitalism.

   Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and mine is if Donald J. Trump is reelected, our Constitution, our democracy, our way of life as we know it, are gone. There is no replacement for Obamacare (ACA), North Korea and Iran are still building nuclear weapons, no China trade deal, the deficit in the trillions, race relations have worsened, tens of millions are unemployed, our country is the epicenter of a global pandemic. All we get from our current President is lip service.  Time to Build Back Better with Joe Biden.

Carmen Francis

Bullhead City, AZ

Mohave Daily News

8/9/2020