Trump unfit to be commander in chief
Trump is unfit to be commander in chief of our troops. As reported in The Atlantic on Sept. 3, Trump canceled a visit to an American military cemetery near Paris. His official reason was rain, but he told his aides, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” The story was confirmed by the Associated Press.
This is consistent with Trump’s transactional nature and self-centeredness. Contrast him with John McCain, a hero who “got caught”; so was he a loser? Trump flimflams and is a loser. Not since 1932 is the present a make/break election. FDR had the head/heart to navigate the Depression and defeat Hitler. Oh, how far we have fallen from “the shining city on the hill.” We must take Trump’s measure to lead “We The People” — the heart and the head? His cult says yes. Read Trump’s five Kool-Aid dispensers who hold write weekly in Open Forum. Their spin claims he “performs” like the anointed one. On COVID, he’s perfect (er … 1,000 people dying per day). Never mind the hoax talk for two months while infection took root.
Instead of commander in chief, Trump is campaigner in chief. Now he’s focused on law and order to distract us from his botched job on COVID. His law and order version is fanning fear. The First Amendment protects protests, especially when society is deaf; the right to address grievances like rogue police violence on Blacks. This president is encouraging “citizen soldiers” (vigilantes) to confront protesters, and he scapegoats protesters to stoke fear to campaign on. Now Americans want shared democracy, equal justice. But a minority want Trump to hold the line. Law and order is code for oppressing minorities. MAGA is code for MAWA, but we all suffer from Trump’s pitting one faction against another. Some president.
The issues of our day require us to vote
There are so many reasons why people can’t breathe anymore. Depending on your lived experience of America the reasons can be many. It can be due to the real threat of police brutality due to nothing more than your skin tone; it can be caused by climate change-induced wildfires filling our air with heavy smoke and ash; or it can be the heaviness of a chest fighting the worst of COVID-19.
All of these lived experiences should be enough to demand action from our leaders. Yet Congress remains deliberate in their intentions to do nothing while millions are still out of work, millions are facing eviction, millions require local food banks to get by — this while seniors run out of medicine because of the politicization of the post office.
It seems that everything that was once easy is now hard, and everything unthinkable is now expected. Let me say this plainly, defeatism is easy but voting to achieve something better is even easier. We can raise our voice and demand a better tomorrow for ourselves, our families, friends, and neighbors. We together hold a lot of power — we have to use that power to remove the leaders that have failed to lead us. The issues of our day require us to vote. The truth is we all deserve better than this.
The smoke keeps building, and the only way to end the fires coming from this intentional deconstruction of our American spirit is to vote even when it hurts to breathe.
Marijuana monopoly would be unacceptable
Today is yet another day that Tom Wilczynski, Autumn Todd, Joe Lewchuk and Todd Campbell have run a full-page add in the Reporter-Herald. Their pleas to the citizens about legalizing marijuana in the city is falling on deaf ears of this pro-marijuana-in-the-city citizen. Here is why:
This is a play by them to be able to sell marijuana wherever they choose, while others cannot and must follow rules or laws the city implements. Their previous locations were established during the rush after medicinal marijuana was approved and before the city or citizens could react with rules about location. The group mentioned wants to have us approve their ability to put their shops where current good practices by local government would not allow, it is not about allowing marijuana sales in the city at all.
As for their claim that they were “wrongly shut down.” They were shut down because the citizens of Loveland spoke, period. We have the power to shut down marijuana dispensaries the same as we have the power to not allow liquor stores, etc. in our city and neighborhoods if we choose.
Let me finish by saying if this were just about retail marijuana in our city, I would vote in favor. I am not a fan or a user, but there are many who are, and I believe that the boost to sales taxes would be beneficial. The plea by a handful of people who are just out to monopolize their position and circumvent certain rules or laws the city would have is unacceptable. And yes, it would be a monopoly as their “only 13 stores” could place themselves wherever they wanted, and 13 is a huge number of locations in a city the size of Loveland.
I accept the Colorado COVID Challenge. Simply, “Do get it, don’t spread it.”
Thank you, Colorado.