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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

An invisible enemy has invaded our country and has changed America from an industrious and prosperous nation to a nation suffering economically.

This enemy has changed America in a very short time, and it could take a long while for America and its hardworking people to recover.

What we do know now is that the enemy attack started sometime in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Theories abound how the enemy was released into China's general population there in Wuhan — with negligence or on purpose.

Quickly the enemy spread throughout the world as air travel carried it to all of the continents. The enemy quickly was passed from person to person. Soon the medical field realized that something was going on. But how to attack and defeat an invisible enemy was a challenge.

President Trump in January 2020 shut down air travel from China and soon thereafter did the same for countries in Europe. He increased border protection quickly, all while his opponents criticized him as a racist for doing so.

At the same time, many cities and states, including New York City, were not warning their citizens about the enemy virus, instead encouraging them to celebrate local traditions, attend the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans and so on.

Now America is on its way to defeating this terrible scourge. What we have done as a nation is the envy of the world. This nation is the leader in science and technology and has done so much during a most difficult time, finding ways to improve test methods. That could not have happened without good leadership.

Congress wasted valuable time on the impeachment even when they knew they could not get the Senate to convict and knowing there was a dangerous enemy virus in America.

Let's put aside our partisan differences and get America back on track again with the greatest economy.

Ed Van Blaricum

Casa Grande

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