Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Here it is just days after 9/11, and those of us who were old enough at the time to process the event know where we were that awful day. In the days after, we truly became the United States of America. We came together to grieve together, to reach out to every family member and make sure they were all right, to reach out to neighbor and our cousin's neighbor to tell them we were with them. Nineteen years ago, no one would have believed that a Republican-led Senate would for years stall health care coverage for the first responder heroes of that day, and no one would have believed this week’s news that the Trump administration secretly withheld $4 million from this fund.
Now in 2020, we face an enemy 64 times more deadly than 9/11 — the coronavirus. Yet, with 194,000 already lost, we have not come together to fight this virus, we are not wearing masks as our opportunity to protect our family, our friends and our country. The president of this country has worn a mask maybe three to four times and has just concluded an indoor rally with maskless attendees in Phoenix, a "superspreader" event. He just called our veterans “suckers” and “losers.” The Trump-installed communications director at the CDC, with not a scrap of scientific background, is editing the MMWR, the weekly scientific data communication of the CDC to health professionals.
We can do better than this, America, because we did. In September 2001 we came together as a nation. We can do it again, but not with this president, not with this Senate that won’t even vote on bills. Give our country a chance and vote for change, vote for Democrats.