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We need to get through this tough time together; Attacking private business aid is attacking workers

We need to get through this tough time together

These are times that plague both body and soul. We should all seek common cause using both energy and intellect to solve issues. We the People should set aside our petty differences in political and ideological thinking in recognition of a situation that can destroy everything we hold dear.

We have the capacity to be good neighbors, thinking first of common good even at the expense of self-interest. Facing alone issues and situations our country and the world is almost surely the path to failure and despair. Altogether, we stand a chance — alone, unlikely.

The uncaring, self-absorbed politicians who continue playing political gamesmanship and one-upmanship for their own reasons should be ignored. Do not let them infect your soul with panic. We can remain calm and work toward a common solution. Keep focused. Remember, We the People trust in God.

Jack Seley


Attacking private business aid is attacking workers

The Phay letter to the editor on April 7, 2020 claims that President Trump is using the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to bai lout wealthy business owners and corporations. This crony capitalism bailout line is false.

Government told Americans to stay home and essentially ordered U.S. commerce to stop. Without revenue, companies/corporations can't pay the bills. This "relief bill" attempts to fill in the gap until the virus washes through.

Liberals such as Mr. Phay want Americans to believe you can separate employees from employers. The name for that is unemployment. If companies/corporations big and small go broke, so do the jobs for the employees.

Liberals attacking aid to private business as crony capitalism are really attacking workers, and most remarkable is that they don't seem to understand or care.

William Britt


St. Charles medical staff deserve our gratitude

I want to take this opportunity to express appreciation to the St. Charles medical staff for being on the front lines with this war on COVID-19.

As president of the Crook County Rodders Car Club, we had planned to have a classic car drive through the hospital parking lot at shift change to express our collective appreciation for everything our medical professionals are doing. They are on the front lines and working long hours, as well as being creative in obtaining masks, gloves and other safety equipment.

With respect to the proposed appreciation cruise, there would have been one person per car with no intent on leaving our cars--only a display of support.

The hospital elected to cancel the proposed drive-through, stating the time was not right. Therefore, I hope this letter will serve as a thank you; we can show our respect, support and appreciation at a later date when the hospital feels the time is right.

On behalf of the Crook County Rodders, I cannot say strongly enough how much we count on your continued dedication, experience, time and commitment to helping others.

Lynn Arnett

Crook County Rodders president

Consider donating some stimulus money to local service organizations

A gift we can pass forward — the government taxpayer stimulus checks are on their way. And what to do with this money?

Each of us will make our own personal decision. It will help many in need, some with grave financial situations. Just a thought, take just a part of this gift and spread it out to the small businesses, churches, and charities that will do without funding in the next months ahead.

Service clubs rely on donations from events canceled by this virus. Find a service club through the Chamber of Commerce. A small amount by many people will go a long way.

Chris McCabe


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