Saturday’s letters to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: insurrection, remove Trump, make Steube (& Scott) pay

President, GOP to blame for insurrection OMG! We are now officially a Third World country! Led by a would-be dictator, emperor and king, and enabled by the majority of his party, officials and supporters.  Donald Trump’s “go home” message to the mob included talk about the “stolen” election and called essentially anyone who voted against him “evil.”  He…

Republicans just voted to defund the police

By  Dana Milbank, Washington Post Columnist,  Dec 23, 2020 President Trump and Republicans campaigned in 2020 by scaring Americans into thinking Democrats would “defund the police” and unleash a crime spree. This helped Republicans keep control of the Senate (for now) and grow their numbers in the House. So what are they doing to celebrate?…

Republicans claim to be the party of the working class. They have a funny way of showing it.

Opinion by  Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, Dec 21, 2020 At long last, Congress has a deal on fiscal relief. Both parties recognized the political urgency of preventing the sudden, simultaneous expiration of dozens of safety-net programs in the days after Christmas. Both parties also exploited this urgency as an excuse to demand other concessions. The wish…

Almost no one wants a neighbor like Donald Trump

By  Helaine Olen, Washington Post Columnist, Dec. 18, 2020 This week, The Post reported that a lawyer for the evangelical DeMoss family, President Trump’s next-door neighbor at Mar-a-Lago, had submitted a letter to the town of Palm Beach pointing out that an agreement Trump signed with the town decades ago forbids anyone — including the soon-to-be-former president…

Why did Trump caravan get covered?

Letter to the Charlotte Sun Editor, Dec 18, 2020 The day after the Supreme Court shredded the Republican attempt to overturn a free and fair election with a partisan power grab thwarting the will of a majority of American voters, the Sun ran a front-page story on a Trump caravan whose main purpose is to…

My 2020 Christmas Letter

Linda A Richardson wrote this in response to a Christmas brag sheet she received which complained about the inconveniences of a family while ignoring the suffering of so many of their neighbors. Instead of Christmas cards, she is mailing post cards to Georgia Democrats to encourage voting in their Senate Runoff. As we stop and…

Charlotte County seeks resident opinions online

Charlotte County is asking residents to participate in The National Community Survey. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the county government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the county, and to make comparisons with peer counties. The survey is administered by National Research Center (NRC) at Polco of Middleton, Wisconsin…

A miserable end to a miserable presidency

Opinion by  Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, Dec 6, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden, merely by speaking about two national crises of historic magnitude (the economy and the pandemic), reminded us that even in his final weeks in office, President Trump prefers to focus on insane conspiracies meant to overturn a democratic election rather than on…

Trump’s legacy, by the numbers

Opinion by  Catherine Rampell, Washington Post Columnist, Nov 25, 2020 As COVID-19 hospitalizations hit another new high on Tuesday, President Trump called a news conference to boast about a different record: the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, he crowed, had just pierced 30,000. “That’s a sacred number, 30,000,” he said. It was a bizarre statement even for…

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Not the time to relax pandemic precautions

Editor’s note: our local newspaper takes a positive stand on mask wearing Charlotte Sun editorial, Nov 7,2020 Within the last couple of weeks we have: • seen the number of COVID-19 cases set daily and weekly records nationally, and in more than half the states; • seen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revise…