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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

There were two items in today's paper that just begged for a response.

First: Letter writer Carole Clark's comment "the Trump administration, from the outset, downplayed the health risk and took a slower than adequate response" in referencing the COVID-19 virus. Dear lady, you so conveniently forget during the Obama administration, 3,400 died in the United States due to the H1N1 virus. As of today's date, only 250 Americans have died under Trump's watch.

Secondly: CG City Council member Dick Powell was quoted as saying, "This is one of the most frightening things that has happened to anyone alive right now," in referencing the virus. Maybe Mr. Powell should spend some time speaking with World War II and Vietnam War veterans, as well as earthquake and tornado survivors, in order to get a clearer perspective about frightening things. Because, honestly, I'm not frightened about this virus. I'm intelligent enough to follow the instructions put out by medical and other specialists to keep myself safe. Shouldn't there be clearer thinkers in today's governments?

John Stradling

Arizona City

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