President receives level of care
beyond reach of most people
If President Trump wants to ignore basic measures for the prevention of the spread of the virus, that is his right to do so, but I disagree strongly with him encouraging millions of average citizens to “not be afraid.”
He’s ignoring the fact that our level of care hardly matches what he received. Our health plans are hardly comparable either!
Carol Bailey, Westerville
Legislation will maintain
parks and provide jobs
I appreciate the Wednesday op-ed “Time to put Ohioans back to work outdoors” by Bob Wheeler, who supports our efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s public lands, and agree that as the economy rebuilds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to get people back to work. Fortunately, the president recently signed into law my bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act, which will accomplish both of these priorities.
This new law will use unobligated energy revenues to provide up to $9.5 billion to address deferred maintenance at our national parks and all our public lands. It will help address more than $100 million in repairs across Ohio’s eight national park sites and support more than 100,000 jobs through National Park Service funding alone, which is a key reason why the RV Industry Association, Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Recreation Roundtable all supported it. In fact, I was awarded the “Friend of the Industry Award” by the Outdoor Industry Association in 2019 because of my steadfast efforts to get this bill done. I hope Wheeler, the CEO of Airstream, takes a closer look at the benefits this new law will provide to our economy.
I am proud of my record working to protect our public lands and create jobs in the process. I will continue to work with my bipartisan colleagues to protect our forestland at home and abroad, promote greater energy efficiency and recycling, and protect our Great Lakes.
Rob Portman, U.S. senator, Terrace Park
Russia’s proxy Armenia
should back off Azerbaijan
Armenia bombed a section of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in central Azerbaijan. This pipeline delivers oil to Israel and our allies in Europe.
Armenia continues to occupy Azerbaijan’s Nagorno Karabakh region and seven adjacent districts since 1994. United Nations Security Council resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 condemn Russia’s proxy, Armenia. We must speak out!,
Sabuhi Yusif, Dublin
Make sure candidate abides
by Declaration of Independence
I was wondering where the phrase “from the consent of the governed” came from. I Googled it and found it in the second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence.
It states “that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
I decided to read the text of the Declaration of Independence. I was reminded that it was a list of the grievances the Colonies had against King George of England in the 1700s. I find many of these grievances are timely in the year 2020.
Considering our current president, a few of them are:
• He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
• He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose, obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
• He has made judges dependent on his will alone.
• He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation. He has cut off trade with all parts of the world.
I would encourage everyone to read the Declaration of Independence before voting this year.
Tim Carty, Dublin
Black voters should reward
Trump’s superior record
Interesting: Joe Biden projects his own racism onto Donald Trump. Who insults Black intelligence in choosing a president? Joe Biden, that’s who.
Black employment, entrepreneurship, wealth and opportunity have advanced dramatically under President Trump. Biden wants Black children chained to failed urban schools. Trump asserts the rights of Black parents, like all parents, to choose the best education options for their kids.
Trump executed the First Step Act, liberating Blacks imprisoned by Biden-supported policies. Unlike Biden, Trump supports the right of unborn Black children to live and grow in safety, with law enforcement protection for their homes and businesses.
Trump’s repeated denunciations of Nazis and the Klan will never satisfy the left. Trump simply supports honorable endeavors to preserve American history. It’s Biden, who ingratiated himself with powerful racists and segregationists in the 1970s, and who eulogized Robert Byrd, West Virginia senator and KKK leader. Finally, Richard Spencer, neo-Nazi organizer of the Charlottesville 2017 riots, endorses Joe Biden for president.
The billionaires backing Biden cannot hide his sordid record.
Biden represents decades of corruption and failure. Trump’s tax and regulatory reforms, liberation of American energy, military preparedness, diplomatic successes and protection of our God-given constitutional rights are right for all Americans.
Carol Costanzo, Athens
President’s character takes on
added significance these days
As we near the election, I recommend all voters take a hard look at the character of the candidates — especially for president of the United States. Since our U.S. Congress has decided to stop legislating in this political era, the president’s policies have become unimportant. Some of those policies might find their way into executive orders, but those orders will just be overturned when the next president takes office.
Many of these orders will not even begin to be acted upon before they are nullified.
Since this environment has made a president’s policies unimportant, that leaves what is still important — the character of the president. How the president represents our country to other nations and the example the president sets as a role model for our country’s children is much more important than whatever executive orders are issued. For this reason, I advise voters to check the box for a good person for president.
If you don’t think either of the two main candidates is a good person, then don’t vote for president, or vote for a third-party candidate you think is a good person. Our country’s image and reputation are at stake for the next four years.
Tristan Hardy, Bowling Green
It’s important that we don’t
shortcut vaccine testing
If we believe that we can learn from history, wait for adequate testing to be completed before accepting a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. A drug called thalidomide developed in Europe was prescribed in the late 1950s and early 1960s for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness and difficulty sleeping. It was shown that because of this drug, approximately 10,000 children in Africa and Europe were born with severe malformities of arms and legs.
Francis Kelsey of the Food and Drug administration was given a presidential award by John Kennedy for not allowing the sale of thalidomide in the U.S. Let’s be safe and wait for scientific testing to be successfully completed before subjecting any drug to the population.
Morton Katz, Upper Arlington
Where have we seen such
aggressive tactics before?
I respond to and commend the Tuesday letter “President’s response evokes Germany under Adolf Hitler” from Werner Lange. Like Hitler’s brown shirts, President Donald has called his minions to intimidate his adversaries.
As George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Phil Schick, Columbus