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Letters to the Editor

‘A chance to regain our footing’

America’s nightmare could be nearing an end. If Donald Trump is defeated November 3rd, the calamity of another four years of his destructive presidency would be avoided and Americans can begin the long road to recovery.

Americans hunger for competence, integrity and morality in their government officials, both elected and appointed. They yearn for a return to normalcy because Trump’s approach to governing has been anything but normal. He has run roughshod over norms that have defined our country since its beginning. He has appointed officials that are increasingly and embarrassingly unfit for public office; the more respected officials having fled the chaos in the White House early on. During his tenure, because of his petulant behavior, we have lost our leadership role on the world stage, and he’s almost destroyed our relationships with our allies, preferring instead those dictators who are sworn enemies of the United States. He’s divided our citizens with his hateful, never-ending tweets and insults, the likes of which have never been witnessed in previous presidents. He has selfishly and stupidly refused to accept the magnitude of the pandemic that has killed more than 215,000 Americans, and it’s obvious his own experience with the coronavirus has not resulted in more responsible behavior or compassion.

The virus brought the good economy Trump inherited from the previous administration to a screeching halt, and as a result of his inaction and negligence in dealing with the pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and thousands of small businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

Trump’s obvious lack of character shown throughout the 2016 campaign has been evident throughout his presidency. His well-known penchant for lying (20,000 documented public lies and counting), his bullying of anyone who challenges him, and his lifetime reputation for hiding dishonest behavior from public view will leave a scar on the presidency for a long time. He has led an administration rife with chaos and corruption, and sadly he’s been steadfastly enabled by those who put loyalty to a president above the Constitution. It is a miracle our country has survived such abuse.

It will take months, even years, for us to recover from Trump, but if his presidency does end, and we are governed the next four years by good and honest leaders, we have a chance to regain our footing. The free world will be watching and praying for our success.

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