Person Putting Letters In Mailbox

Help is needed


To Trump supporters: I need your help to understand “why.”

That when you saw a man who owned a fraudulent university with the intent on scamming poor people, you thought, “Fine.”

That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “OK.”

That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”

That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.”

That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you would not care, you exclaimed, “He sure knows me.”

That when you heard him relating a story of an elderly guest of his country club, an 80-year old man who fell off a stage and hit his head, in which Trump replied, “Oh my God, that’s disgusting, and I turned away. I could not—you know, he was right in front of me, and I turned away. I did not want to touch him. He was bleeding all over the place. And I felt terrible because it was a beautiful white marble floor; and now it has changed color. It became very red,” you said, “That’s cool!”

That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you have ever seen. 

That when you heard him brag that he does not read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”

That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they did not commit and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.”

That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!” 

That when you have heard him tell over 16,000 lies and untruths, you said, “The president didn’t lie.”

That when you heard him say he did a great job because only 118,000 people died from the coronavirus, “only he could have done that.”

And now that we are approaching 40 million unemployed, no sports activities, no entertainment, quarantined and empty grocery store shelves, you said, “He is the best president we have ever had.”

To Trump supporters: Our country is being run poorly, but you said, “That’s your opinion. He is still the best president we have ever had.”

To Trump supporters: I need your help to understand why.

Otis Perkins


Misplaced fear


I’m a 70-year-old West Valley resident with an opinion relating to COVID-19 panic.

I am not discounting the fact that COVID-19 is a dangerous disease and has unfortunately killed thousands of Americans and people worldwide. But I got to thinking, are all of the panic and precautions—lockdowns, quarantines, school closings, social distancing, masks, hand sanitizing, gloves, etc.—absolutely necessary or misplaced media-driven panic? These are figures from the CDC, and not mine, and are available on any web search. All of them without any obvious signs of mass panic.

Currently, there are about 121,000 deaths being reported in the U.S. from COVID-19 depending on the source you reference. These are the total number of cases since Jan. 1.

The CDC reports the following annual death rates through December 2019:

• Heart disease: 647,000 per year.

• Cancer: 606,000 per year.

• Kidney disease: 100,000 per year.

• Alzheimer’s: 100,000 per year.

• Diabetes: 79,000 per year.

• Flu: 61,000 per year (since 2010 with vaccine available).

• Pneumonia: 50,000 per year (with vaccine available).

• Overdoses: 68,000 per year.

• HIV: 16,350 per year.

• Auto accidents: 26,730 per year (only one not a medical condition or disease)

• Total deaths: 2,141,800 per year without any obvious panic.

It appears to me all of the knee jerk panic is misplaced.

Tom Proctor

West Valley