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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I must admit that it takes quite a bit to get my jaw to drop these days. Too many wild and crazy events and stories have dulled senses and sensibilities. Yet, I nearly fell out of my Saturday morning chair when I read the letter posted by Brad Marsh of CG.

Mr. Marsh accuses “New Democrats” of spreading mantras of “hate and disinformation” via letters to the Dispatch editor. He does this without citing a single specific example. OMG folks, when did providing actual facts become hateful disinformation?

As one who reads the Dispatch every print day, I have yet to see any Democrat write anything except to call out the dishonesty and incompetence of the administrations at the federal and state levels. Is it hateful to question Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis that has America with the world’s most infections and deaths? Is it disinformation to highlight Ducey’s late response or LD11’s Leach threatening of cities and mayors trying to protect their citizens?

What we’re seeing in the daily briefings does not match the truth at the front lines of the virus battle. While what I call #FauciFacts are helpful, most of these events have become campaign rallies. Reporters get humiliated — governors pitted against each other — self-praise as hundreds die each day. I can’t stand to watch any more of it.

Regardless of your party affiliation, I urge you to look for the facts. I beseech you to trust and believe the experts and scientists. I hope that you and your family stay safe, as does our nation and our democracy.

Ryan Summers

Casa Grande

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