Our Democratic community speaks out via Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note:  The Charlotte Sun reaches over 30,000 residents, about 20% of our county’s population, across all political persuasions.  Many Democrats have taken to expressing their opinion by submitting 250 word or less Letters to the Editor.  Below are two recent examples. Join them by submitting your opinion via this template.

Trump in 2024? Look at his record.

In a recent letter to the Sun, a writer expressed that former President Trump be re-elected in 2024.

I would ask that writer, and those who agree with him, to consider the following facts.

In February of 2020, former President Trump acknowledged to Bob Woodward the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus. Yet in public, he claimed the impacts would be minimal. Since then, over 500,000 Americans have died, many of them unnecessarily.

Despite claims he would balance the budget during his tenure, the U.S. national debt ballooned under the Trump administration, increasing by nearly $7 trillion in less than four years.

By refusing to concede the 2020 election despite his campaign having lost over 60 court cases, including many overseen by Trump-appointed judges, the former president encouraged his supporters to take action resulting in the January 6 Capitol insurrection and the deaths of five people.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump assured us he would build a “big beautiful wall” paid for by Mexico. Of the over $25 billion spent on the partially completed fence, Mexico has paid nothing.

As part of “zero tolerance” at the border, the Trump administration separated kids from their parents and created no mechanism for reuniting these families. Although a small number of families have been reunited under the Biden administration, hundreds of kids remain apart from their parents.

President Biden’s compassion, decency, and competence are leading us out of the pandemic. I’d prefer him as our leader.

Bill Welsch, Punta Gorda

Capitol Riots and Voter Fraud

According to a recent poll by Reuters, about half of Republicans believe the January 6 attack on the Capitol was either a largely non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad.

How frightening and dismaying to think so many otherwise decent, intelligent people are so misinformed.

While Trump supporters and right-wing media continue to claim the election was “stolen,” the Trump campaign lost over 60 voter fraud court cases, including one before the Supreme Court packed with three Trump nominees.

In December, Bill Barr, Trump’s loyal and trusted Attorney General, stated there was no evidence of voter fraud. Christopher Krebs was fired by Trump as director of Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency for saying the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history.”

A joint statement was issued after the election by the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating executive committees in which they said this year’s election marked “the most secure in American history.”

Simply because former President Trump and some of his supporters allege the election was unfair doesn’t make the case. The facts say otherwise.

For our nation to move on and resolve our many problems, we need for reasonable people to agree. The election is over and Joe Biden won. Let’s heal and pull ourselves together to work to better lives of all Americans.

Judy Minier, Punta Gorda