The resurrection of Howard Beale

The Resurrection of Howard Beale By Linda Porterfield You may remember the 1976 film Network featuring award-winning actor Peter Finch in his portrayal of fictional newscaster Howard Beale. Tragically worn out and burdened by the ailments and depravity of American society, Howard abruptly departs from his nationally televised broadcast script by suddenly rising from his…

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Joe Biden’s vision for older Americans

Submitted by Fran Dance Joe Biden believes it is our moral obligation to rebuild the middle class and its values. Those values include having a steady, secure retirement income by protecting and strengthening Social Security, being able to pay for prescriptions, and having access to affordable health care and support as well as quality, affordable…

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Switching sides: why I am now a Democrat

Submitted by Linda Porterfield Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, life-long Republicans Eileen and George Kachmar are retired teachers and have called Florida home for the past thirty years. Recently, on July 10th at 11:00 am while driving north on Route 41 in Port Charlotte, they noticed Charlotte County Democrat volunteers holding Biden signs near the road…

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We want schools to reopen but do it safely, experts tell Charlotte County Dems

School closures, and economic shutdowns will cause measurable income losses for today’s students, two economics experts told Charlotte County Dems in an online discussion. Dr. Phalin, economics and international business professor at the Warrington Business College, University of Florida, said the economic effects of COVID-19 could be estimated by looking at the economic effects of…

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Re-evaluating role of police in our communities

Editor’s note: Fran Dance, Communications Chair for Charlotte Dems, submitted this editorial column to the Charlotte Sun. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, activists have called for re-evaluating the scope of police officers’ work. What would such a re-evaluation look like? Our county and city leaders and police executives would evaluate if a portion…

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Biden’s plan to combat COVID-19

Image by Jim Bourg, Reuters, Editor’s note: The following is adapted and updated from “Biden just laid out his plan for coronavirus. We may end up needing it”. Biden’s plan to combat COVID-19 Over the past few months, Joe Biden has talked regularly about the coronavirus pandemic, both to criticize President Trump’s handling of the crisis and…

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Preserving the American Dream

Preserving the American Dream by Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer We are attacked for not wearing or wearing masks, violating or supporting social distance guidelines, protecting or destroying confederate monuments, and protesting or upholding the status quo regarding many of the controversial issues on the political agenda this election season.  Verbal harassment fueled by…

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Charlotte County Democrats issue recommendations to local police to address racial bias

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Charlotte County Democrats issue recommendations to local police to address racial bias  by Fran Dance The Charlotte County Democrats (CC Dems) have released a twelve point set of recommendations to Punta Gorda Police Chief Pamela Davis and Charlotte County Sheriff Prummell for their consideration and response. This unorthodox approach to seek…

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My COVID-19 test

Image by Shafin Al Asad Protic  My COVID-19 test by Jane Merriam, Charlotte County Dems Secretary I have been extremely careful during the past four months, most social activities via Zoom, order ahead and pick up groceries, social distancing when I have seen people but when I found out that a friend was positive I…

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COVID-19 collides with economic and racial inequality

by Kathleen Davey, Charlotte County Dems writer New COVID-19 cases and deaths increase at ever-growing rates. Protests following the killing of George Floyd went on for months. We are witnessing the pandemic colliding with racial inequity and economic inequality. The impact of COVID-19 on minority and lower-income communities has been more devastating than on white…

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Good night, Donald Trump, it’s time to go

Sha Na Na perform “Good Night, Sweetheart, Good Night” image credits: MusicVault “Good night, Donald Trump, it’s time to go”, was the theme and melody played by Jon “Bowser” Bauman to Charlotte County Dems. Singing to the tune “Good night Sweetheart” and playing the piano at his home in an online meeting, the unexpected treat…

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Health Care: Just One Vote

Image Credits : Tomasz Kobosz at freeimages.comImage Credit URL: www.freeimages.com/photo/usg-1-1526902 Submitted by: Linda Porterfield Health Care: Just One Vote “I’ve made an iron clad pledge to American families that we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”(Donald Trump, State of the Union Address, February 4th, 2020) During the State of Union address in 2020, Donald…

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