How fortunate we are to live in Maine
A note of thanks to BDN staff for the timely, informative and practical articles, and recipes and tips in the food, outdoor and homestead sections.
The pieces have been particularly helpful during these chaotic days, making being at home, shortages at the grocery stores and the general uncertainty a bit easier to deal with while reminding us how fortunate we are to live in the beautiful state of Maine.
Put Trump’s name on it
Just days ago, I and millions of others received “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.”
Since Donald Trump likes to have his name on everything, apparently to maintain his self-importance, it seems only fitting to me that we now refer to this deadly flu as the “Trump Virus.”
That is what I will call it from now on. I hope you will too.
Impressed by state leadership
In following the various press conferences that have occurred in Maine over the last month, I have been repeatedly impressed with leadership, informed decision making, clear direct communication, and sensitivity from our governor and staff.
Both Gov. Janet Mills and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah have provided good information and have responded to citizens’ questions about the approaches taken to combat the coronavirus. This is their job, but I believe they have gone above and beyond expectations in this situation.
An ill-conceived spending package
The $2.2 trillion stimulus package has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in an election year. Let the feeding frenzy begin.
States, businesses, and individuals are all lining up for their piece of our grandchildren’s forced generosity. Senators and representatives are strutting around like prize turkeys the day after Thanksgiving, patting themselves on the back for working together and passing this ill-conceived piece of spending legislation in record time. I expect they now head home and do their part; shelter in place, collect their generous salaries, make a list for the next round of spending, and plan how best to leverage this big piece of government largesse to bolster their efforts to get re-elected in November.
As is usually the case, Americans will reward them for their hard work and send them back for another two or six years, and in the case of one elected official, maybe even four years. I believe there will be little government oversight to see if this borrowed money is spent judiciously. In my opinion, the media long ago stopped investigating tax dollar waste and fraud as Americans don’t seem to care as long as we don’t have to pay for it.
Whether it is Medicare, Social Security disabilities, unemployment benefits, income tax, business taxes, earned income tax refunds, grants for anything under the sun, military expenditures, etc. there is no one easier to fleece than good old Uncle Sam.
Today’s taxpayers should be picking up this tab for this, not our grandchildren. Imagine if every dollar spent by the government had to come from taxpayers today. I’d sure like to hear some of those campaign speeches.
Lend your voice to support local libraries
Reading is one of the few pleasures reserved for all of us in a time like this when we are all isolated in our homes. For rich and poor alike, public and school libraries are the go-to places where we can borrow, free of charge, from a large selection of reading materials and can access information. Alas! They are now closed.
The sentiment that “you don’t miss a good thing until it’s gone” certainly applies to the vital role that libraries play in our lives. It might be a place where you have access to computers, where you can meet with your friends in the teen room, where you go to see a free movie, attend a lecture, bring your toddler for a story hour, or see a new art exhibit. It is one great democratic institution still standing that does not distinguish between rich and poor, Democrat or Republican, which we all support through our taxes for the benefit of all.
The next time you have an opportunity to speak in support of your local library, lend your voice.
Not a time for partisan politics
Our country is in crisis. This is a time for the country to unite and drop partisan politics.
I believe the March 27 OpEd piece in the BDN by the chair of the Republican Party in Maine was blatantly partisan and contributed nothing to the solution.
Dr. Demi Kouzounas lists the efforts of President Trump to fight the coronavirus in the U.S. However, when those efforts are misguided and misleading, measuring them is inconsequential. What matters is results. And the results are catastrophic.
Despite nearly three months of advanced warning, the U.S. was still completely unprepared for the virus’s arrival. It is raging completely out of control. The U.S. now exceeds China in the number of reported cases, despite China’s much larger population and greater population density. Japan, South Korea, and China have handled the virus far more effectively. From my perspective, Trump’s useless and dangerous efforts don’t matter: the results are a disaster.
Trump’s actions have been late and largely ineffective. He promised 4,000 ventilators to New York when the need was 30,000. He promised millions of tests, but many Americans have been unable to access testing because the supplies and diagnostic capacity have been so scarce. He spreads falsehoods and misinformation, while contradicting some of the advice of physicians and scientists.
He abolished the pandemic branch of the National Security Council. His press conferences speak for themselves.
The Defense Production Act should have been activated on Jan. 1, 2020 and private enterprise ordered to manufacture masks, protective equipment and ventilators. Everyday Trump reacts to last week’s events. We are woefully behind. It doesn’t matter what he’s done, the results are dismal and people are dying.
Kouzounas needs to put her pen back in her pocket, or write something helpful.