Topics include wildfires and global warming; Joe Biden’s folksy persona; and Trump’s COVID blame, among others
| Victorville Daily Press
Wildfires and global warming
Global warming does not cause wildfires. They are caused by carelessness coupled with selfishness, lightning and arson. However, the ease of igniting and rapid spread, leading to massive destruction and tragic loss of life are greatly exacerbated by the drier, hotter climate we are beginning to experience.
The press concentrates coverage in our own areas, often ignoring the rest of the world. Of course we are more interested in things that affect us and our country. But don’t be misled by people calling us wackos and fools, claiming there are no fires elsewhere in the world. For them, I have one word: Australia.
Dr. Douglas Hubbard, Cedarpines Park
The dumocratic nominee for president has fooled the American people with his “wussy” voice. He is bad-tempered, moody, vengeful and greedy, like the Olympian god, as evidenced by his constant historical plagiarism, lies and so many recent personal insults to people who were supporters in several rallies.
He called a female student “a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.” He insulted “Breakfast Club” radio host Charlamagne tha God during a radio interview, saying, “Well, I’ll tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” He’s not the “Uncle Joe” he’s trying to emulate.
When there has been a presidential race in my lifetime, there has been enthusiasm and excitement for the separate candidates by their supporters. This guy does not excite anyone. He incites everyone with lame accusations, but just doesn’t “rally” anyone.
Don’t waste your time and vote for someone who doesn’t “stand” for anything.” Just being against the grain of real progress is against the “grain” of Americans. Don’t stub your toe voting for Joe. Make your vote a No!
Irv Kettler, Victorville
Trump deserves all blame
Despite what Donald Trump, Republicans, Fox News and Russians want us to believe, Trump is 100% culpable for the COVID-19 pandemic that has decimated our country and killed over 196,000 Americans.
Thanks to Bob Woodward’s tapes, we know that Trump knew in January what was coming and how devastating it would be if handled incorrectly. But he intentionally lied to us for months and didn’t take any real steps to confront the pandemic until long after everyone else, downplaying and denying the virus until it had already killed thousands and spread across the country.
Trump ignored and belittled the recommendations of doctors and scientists that we needed to shut down the country, wear masks and social distance, allowing the virus to rapidly spread. He didn’t provide PPE or test kits until it was far too late, and he has suppressed testing because he doesn’t want the public to know just how many people are infected.
He then tried to rush our nation into reopening far too soon and that only made the problem worse. Even today he refuses to wear a mask or advocate their use and holds rallies and gatherings, like his convention acceptance speech, with maskless people packed in closely in large numbers. Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died after contracting the virus at one such event.
Trump claims he didn’t warn the public of the true threat because he didn’t want to “create a panic,” but his entire presidency and campaign has been based on scaring the poorly educated into believing that “they” want to kill them and he’s the only one who can save them.
Trump is completely responsible for the deplorable state of our nation today. It’ll only get worse if he is somehow reelected. It’s long past time for him to go.
Robin Carstairs, Lucerne Valley
Somebody might get it
What if there were a religious group that always stood up for prayer? Literally. When praying, all of the congregants get on their feet, with their arms reaching skyward to get as close as they possibly can to Heaven, looking straight up to let God see their worshipful countenances.
What if that sect considered people who kneel to pray to be extremely disrespectful to God, even blasphemous, because by kneeling they are trying to distance themselves from His glory, and by bowing they are trying to hide their faces from His grace?
What if people from this religion constantly and publicly voiced their disgust of those who kneel, incessantly berating them, calling them deeply sacrilegious, urging everyone they meet to boycott their houses of worship?
If you kneel to pray, would that mean that you are in fact committing blasphemy against God, or would you argue that if someone knows in their heart that no disrespect is intended by kneeling, there is no disrespect, and that people are often wrong when they judge what is in the hearts of others?
Byron Ward, Spring Valley Lake
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