While it is true that our economic disaster is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it still remains aggravating to hear government officials, especially governors who appear on the news regularly as talking heads, refuse to take their share of the blame for the economic downfall.

Instead of the panic reaction back in March when the cases began mounting, i.e., completely shutting down all but “essential” services, a controlled rollback of our economy could have minimized the financial disaster.

Businesses could have remained open with limited hardship by requiring masks to be worn and social distancing, at least for indoor activities. By making these mandatory, not optional, most businesses could have been able to continue at least at a survivability level, minimizing the bankruptcies and unemployment that have ruined our economy.

But no, these politicians went into panic mode and closed most everything down, and still today have maintained unreasonable limits rather than just making masks and distancing mandatory. This is especially galling now that we are deep into the summer, with no relief in sight, knowing that this uniquely bizarre-behaving virus (gets worse in hot weather) may have been man-made, the result of some sort of questionable experimentation, or research in Chinese labs?

Whether this makes a vaccine more or less likely to be produced is unknown, but so long as the country stays in semi-shutdown mode, the economy will never recover, and the longer-term implications of that may be worse than the shorter-term viral ones.

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Hayduke2

Wow, this letter writer sure bought into the China conspiracy.

PurplePickles aka L&M

So Raymond you obviously have not been paying attention to anything at all when it comes to this virus have you? Your entire letter is evidence that you have not been paying attention or else you would not have written what you did so it troubles me. Because it's people like you that will ensure this virus will never be controlled, also why are you telling us this? You should be telling the lunatic in the White House.

Let me fix the first paragraph as it should read

While it is true that our economic disaster is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it still remains aggravating to see government officials, especially the lunatic in the White House, hold campaign rallies disguised as press conferences, at his golf club, refuse to take any of the blame for the economic downfall.

Someone dies from Covid every 80 seconds but the lunatic in the White House sees nothing wrong with taking a 3 day golf vacation while having a kiss my butt campaign rally at his golf club. Like I said Raymond you and people like you are part of the problem

public-redux

“ ... knowing that this uniquely bizarre-behaving virus (gets worse in hot weather) may have been man-made, ...”

No. We don’t “know” that it “may” have been man-made.

DickD

Governor Hogan has done a great job. List the states that you feel that their Governor has failed.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, California., Texas, Colorado.... So far yes I agree Hogan is doing a pretty good job, but we will see. Leadership comes from the top and there are many states where the Governor has failed, mostly red states, but there are Blue ones bringing up the rear.

glenkrc

I wish Maryland had the failure that Nebraska has. If we did, we would have about 89,000 cases and 1,100 deaths. As it is, we have ~94,000 cases and ~3,500 deaths. Sarpy County, located just south of Omaha and consisting of mixed suburban development and agricultural land, has a population ~70% of that in Frederick County. They have a case rate nearly identical to us, but they only have 11 deaths, compared to over 110 for us.

MD1756

I wish Maryland had the population density of Nebraska. That would solve a lot of our problems.

glenkrc

We'd have a population of ~310,000 -- which is lower than that recorded in the 1790 census.

MD1756

Glenkrc, That would suit me fine (roughly 30 people/sqmi).

Reader1954

China hates us and has finally come up with something to cripple the U.S.

DickD

China hates Trump, Russia loves Trump. Trump is a racist.

bosco

Racism direct from Bidenz mouth:

"By the way, what you all know but most people don't know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things. You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you're in Arizona. So it's a very different, a very diverse community,"

In an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” the presumptive Democratic nominee told host Charlamagne tha God, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,”

At a campaign event in Iowa, Biden told supporters “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.”

Then-Vice President Biden told a Virginia audience that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financial regulation lifts would "put y'all back in chains." "He said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules," Biden said. "Unchain Wall Street! They're gonna put y'all back in chains."

Biden, while running for the 2008 presidency, issued what he thought was praise of then-Senator Barack Obama, saying he was "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

Biden, then a senator of Delaware, can be seen in a clip talking to a man who appears to be of Indian descent. “In Delaware the largest growth in population is Indian Americans,” Biden said. “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

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Thewheelone

Bosco, I don't see Biden's name mentioned once in the letter, yet your response is all about him. Whazzup with that?

bosco

Whazzup is DickD's continual comments about how Trump is a racist. Thought I'd give him a few examples of Bidenz racist comments. [thumbup][ninja]

public-redux

The letter was about government officials and/or elected politicians and their actions in 2020. Biden is neither an appointed nor an elected government official.

phydeaux994

bosco, Trump IS a racist. DickD, and many others, including myself, will continue to point out that FACT. Joe Biden does not believe that his race is superior to any other. End of story. BTW, could you point out your sources for the quotes you say Biden made??? Thanks.

Hayduke2

Whataboutism and "button pushing" are some commenters go to. Factual, not so much.

bosco

Sure, Fido, mostly the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the visual media on ABC and NBC websites have the footage. You can find them on youtube also. Anyone who can dig up KR999's comments from 15 years ago should be able to find Bidenz since he gets wider coverage than KR.

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phydeaux994

bosco, google bosco Frederick News Post. Simple as that.

bosco

While you are riding the google train someday, google "Biden Gaffes". It will keep you entertained for a while.

[lol][ninja]

phydeaux994

About a minute maybe. These gaffes haven’t changed one mind or one vote. But Trump’s Lies and hysterical pronouncements have. We’ll know for sure in early November, or sooner if Trump resigns.✌️

bosco

Fido, you would know those gaffes haven't changed one mind or one vote how? Are you a mind reader? [lol][ninja]

Hayduke2

Tin foil helmet time!

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