A letter in the May 12 News-Post blames President Trump's "ignorance and arrogance" for his musings (as Dr. Birx characterized them) to the medical community about the possible internal use of ultraviolet light and chemical disinfectants in the fight against COVID-19. At least the writer didn't echo the "news" media's big lie that Trump had suggested imbibing or injecting Lysol or bleach.

In fact, the president's musings were apropos. In April, a company named Aytu BioScience signed an agreement with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for the "Healight" catheter, a string of UV LEDs that is introduced into the breathing tube of an intubated patient, to irradiate and kill viruses and bacteria from the inside. And a research paper under the aegis of Cornell University proposes attacking the virus by having the patient inhale a mist of ethyl alcohol. Both are right along the lines of what the president suggested. Interestingly, following the president's musings, YouTube blocked an Aytu BioScience explanatory video. Funny, isn't it, how leftists always seem to equate "science" with "silencing your opponents."

The May 12 letter writer states that Trump's ban on China travel was "useless" because the strain of the virus in the U.S. arrived via Europe. Trump imposed the ban on Jan. 31. The first cases in Italy weren't reported by the W.H.O. until three weeks later, Feb. 21. Had Joe Biden been president, with no "hysterical, xenophobic" China travel ban in January, the death count here would have been higher, sooner. Had Trump banned travel from Europe, Democrats would still have condemned him as xenophobic.

As it is, the DNA shows that most of the virus east of California came through the New York area, where the Democrat leadership was woefully unprepared, where Mayor De Blasio's health commissioner encouraged folks to come out and mingle in early March, and where Governor Cuomo reprehensibly forced nursing homes to admit infected individuals, resulting in so many nursing home residents dying that the method of counting the deaths was tampered with to obscure the facts. Talk about ignorance and arrogance.

All while President Trump followed the scientific recommendations of Dr. Fauci, refilled the stockpile of N95 face masks that President Obama had left empty, and earned plaudits from a number of governors, including Democrats such as Gavin Newsom, for his helpfulness and cooperation in fighting the problem.

It's to be hoped that the voters can set aside blind emotionalism and take a rational look at the decisions made by politicians of both parties.

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Greg F

You know the author is an extremist when he uses "where the Democrat leadership was..." instead of "democratic"...it's a dog-whistle tactic that the faithful far right watches for faithfully to ensure they are in compliance with der fuhrer.

dirtorsoil

FNP should be absolutely ashamed that you published this utter garbage. Disgusting. If only another legitimate news organization would come and buy you out.....

threecents

A string of intubated LED UV lights to kill viruses? That is a ridiculous idea. UV light would kill cells - not just the viruses, which are mostly inside cells. Most of the infected cells would not even get touched by UV, as it does not penetrate well.

LostWater

Why are you lying, Mr. Staruk? https://www.npr.org/2020/05/26/862018484/trump-team-killed-rule-designed-to-protect-health-workers-from-pandemic-like-cov

Hollowed Ground

In conclusion, 100,000 deaths speaks louder to the incompetence of Trump than all his history re-writers put together. Next!

phydeaux994

Scoreboard Scoreboard Scoreboard...I’ll say it again...George H W Bush 👎 William Jefferson Clinton 👍 George W Bush 👎👎 Barack Hussein Obama 👍 Donald John Trump 👎👎👎 FACTS just don’t seem to be important to RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans). Democratic Administrations = Success...Republican Administrations = fAILURE. Them are the FACTS folks. Conservative Governments in FREE Countries are non-existent. They always end up Dictatorships, I.e. Venezuela, U.S.A. “I can do anything I want to do”.

pretzel

Nicely put, still amazing to me the left just goes around and around with nothing. Thankfully Americans still make up the majority of America. KAG, God bless

hayduke2

Obamagate! Obamagate! Spygate! Spygate! Talk about going round and round!

Hollowed Ground

Benghazi! Her emails!

awteam2000

It most get ‘old’ having to defend Trump’s ineptness everyday, never a day of rest, never a letter expressing his accomplishments since being in office over 3 1/2 years, never jubilant comments, always on the defense, insults and blaming others is always the order of the day.

jsklinelga

AW

Goofiest comment I have seen lately. I guess after being proven less than correct twice within this section you went ahead and shot for the absurd. And unfortunately, I assume the comments will get more bizarre as your hopes are pinned on a fading candidate.

awteam2000

Does that mean you can’t name any accomplishment of Trump or did I just touch a nerve? Should I count your comment as defending Trump or as an insult?🤷‍♂️

Even the space launch didn’t go off. Of course in the middle of a pandemic with over 100,000 fatalities, 1,700,000 positive coronavirus cases, the ‘Carni’ was on stage for the launch but it turned out to be a flop. Maybe he should show up for a photo op. when Hershey Park opens up on June 7th.

jsklinelga

aw

Between you and phy you keep up the same nonsense. People have simply stopped replying .But without wasting time I copied the accomplishments just prior to Covid. But it does little good. You will ask the same question tomorrow.

Almost 4 million jobs created since election.

More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.

We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.

Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.

Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.

New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.

Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.

African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.

Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.

Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.

Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.

Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.

Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.

Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.

The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.

95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.

Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.

Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.

As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.

Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

Record number of regulations eliminated.

Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.

Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.

My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.

Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.

We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.

Signed Right-To-Try legislation.

Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.

Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.

United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.

Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.

Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.

Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.

NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.

Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.

Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.

Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.

Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.

Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.

Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.

Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.

Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.

Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.

Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.

Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.

We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

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Obadiah Plainsmen

Hershey Park opening June 7th ...YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!!! BTW the rescheduled launch is Saturday @ 15:22 pm. You should shimmy-on-down and check out the show, weather permitting.

hayduke2

Come on jsk - WH fake news and exaggerations

Hollowed Ground

Nice novel you wrote below. May you win a Nobel Prize for it.

Hollowed Ground

It is old.

Obadiah Plainsmen

NIH has been working on UV light since 2012. This study suggests it would take about 15 minutes to deactivate 97-99% of airborne virus.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3298127/

smassaros

Here are a couple of links to a little more background on the Healight issue:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/05/02/fact-check-covid-19-uv-light-treatment-research-underway-los-angeles/3053177001/

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-05-01/cedars-sinai-trump-covid-cure

If it has been researched in humans, those findings are not yet published. In the GI tract there are indications that bacteria and fungus are killed; no word on viruses. No light has been inserted beyond the trachea - does not go into the lungs. Even if the light affects this virus, expect to be at higher risk for cancer down the road.

Re the ethyl alcohol mist, there is one very preliminary study not peer-reviewed and not done in humans. Drinking alcohol was used; the stuff in your medicine closet is definitely toxic. This amounts to vaping drinking alcohol, which has been a recreational practice for years. Because it bypasses normal metabolism and goes directly to the brain, it is a great way to become an alcoholic.

Greg F

Author obviously lives in fallacy land. Forgot Turnip-Head Trump tore up and tossed the 69 page pandemic plan and sacked the pandemic squad, and promptly ignored the pandemic warnings and labeled them a "democratic hoax" and even today is doing what he can to flout science, research and what is working in other nations and what hasn't worked. Trump is a mental nutcase with an agenda to open no matter what so he can once again get profitability to his casinos, resorts, golf courses and stock portfolio. That's it...how can people not see this? He didnt' give up his conflict of interest and it is painfully obvious.

mamlukman

This is simply "alternative reality" off the charts. Stop watching Fox News and read a book.

Greg F

I really wonder why FNP posts this garbage that is so obviously fact-less.

Piedmontgardener

Once you offer a word like "Leftists" in an argument, you've lost the argument. Somehow, people think that ad hominem pejoratives projected in their argument enhances their central points. Instead, it only renders them meaningless.

bosco

That cuts both ways, PD. [thumbup][ninja]

Greg F

It sure does, Boscovs....

hayduke2

Sure Walt, all this makes sense. Maybe you ought to do a little more research on your sources too..

xJacky1

Walt, I agree with your letter. Those consumed with hate can’t or won’t read and follow up with a little bit research. So, Walt we are like salmon swimming upstream against a steady current of dishonesty and all out hate. Keep up the good work pointing out the facts and exposing the dishonesty of the America hating left.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

In 7 months every Trump appointee will be unemployable

Greg F

They shouldn't qualify for unemployment for gross dereliction of duty at their posts.

chris

Not true! Fox, Newsmax, OAN (and maybe the Trump Network?) will keep the light on for them.

Nancy Day

Musings? Lol. That president does not know how to muse - lacks the intellectual capacity. However he can spew bile and lies. Maybe/kinda the same for a true supporter, Walt. A pathetic joke to most others. Nice try though.

richardlyons

The author is delusional.

Nancy Day

tune up the tin foil hat, dude.

awteam2000

😷

On January 22, two days after the first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed, Trump was asked if his administration was worried about an impending pandemic. “No, we’re not at all,” he replied. “And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China.”

Jan 27 Joe Biden publishes an op-ed in USA Today: “The possibility of a pandemic is a challenge Donald Trump is unqualified to handle as president.…To be blunt, I am concerned that the Trump administration’s shortsighted policies have left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic that will come sooner or later.”

Day 100 APRIL 28, the cumulative number of US cases surpasses 1 million, the death toll exceeds the number of American deaths in the Vietnam War. Pence refuses to wear a mask while visiting the Mayo Clinic. Claiming he wanted to look health care workers “in the eye.”

On May 25, there are now 1.6 million positive cases and 98 thousand deaths. Trump goes golfing.

Trump “Screwed the pooch“.

prg45fan

Biden: "I visited a petting zoo yesterday."

Obama: "That was an Elementary school Joe."

Did you know that Biden has Aquanetmentia from sniffing hairspray for 45 years.

Biden isn't stupid he has Aquanetmentia. The people that vote for him are stupid.

jsklinelga

It is hard not to attack the people who attack others with a blinding partisanship that leaves them devoid of objectivity and bereft of honesty. But we should try. Politicizing, continuously, this pandemic leads to more confusion in a dire situation where the only real assessment agreed upon by all experts and layman is: "We just do not know.."

Touting a high death rate as reason for condemning a person's attempt to battle this scourge is despicable. Especially when we know the numbers are not correct and we have no reliable comparisons if another course of action would have been taken. It is sad to see people almost cheering higher death numbers for political advantage. That is despicable..

Governor Cuomo made some wrong choices in an all out fight. But he made some excellent moves also. As did President Trump who fought this aggressively.

But the politics will not change which leaves almost every leader, at every level, the dual burden of making "best guesses" while knowing they will be attacked no matter what their course of action.

awteam2000

It’s just like Trump followers to justify his ignorant ramblings of medical quackery and pseudoscience and think it’s Intelligent 🤦‍♂️.

knahs25

Trump has been President for 3 years now and had time to fill any supply shortages. He completely ignored warnings and dismissed the seriousness of the virus. He continues to ignore medical advice about wearing masks which means the people who follow him like sheep will do the same which is why numbers are continuing to rise.

bosco

"Trump has been President for 3 years now and had time to fill any supply shortages".....you would think that three years woulod be enough to fill the shortages left by Obama. [ninja]

awteam2000

The US shipped millions of masks to China in January and February , despite warnings from experts that a pandemic was about to hit. That’s another example of Trump’s incompetency.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/04/02/us-exports-masks-ppe-china-surged-early-phase-coronavirus/5109747002/

gabrielshorn2013

No aw. 3M was contractually obligated to fulfill foreign orders. What would have been the fallout with those countries had 3M reneged on a contract? This is now the world of globalization where companies serve world needs.

awteam2000

VMI stands for Vendor Managed Inventory. It is a business practice by which the buyer leaves full responsibilities of maintaining the inventory related to contractual supply for an agreed time period. 3M needed federal permission to send the reserve to a foreign government. Guess who gave them permission?

gabrielshorn2013

Sure do. The Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce. I routinely work with them. Why? Would you have a US company renege on contractual obligations aw? What would you have said if they did? More political nonsense.

awteam2000

It was our National reserve. “For USA use only” not for sell without federal approval. Did 3M enter into a Foreign agreement without national approval, superseding national security? Several months later Trump enacted the Defense Production Act with 3m. When was that? I know you know. Was it in January, February or March. Was it April? And why didn’t he implement ‘(DPA) Title III’ in January? Was it because he wasn’t listening to national intelligence? Or was it, he didn’t know what to do?

awteam2000

“Duh”, maybe national security?🤷‍♂️

threecents

No, it was not a contractual obligation. It was orders China made in response to C19 - orders we let go through due to Trump's overconfidence that it would not hit us in a bad way.

gabrielshorn2013

Was the shipment for our national reserve? Where's your documentation? You do not need "permission" from the government to do foreign business, unless you are prohibited by the EAR. Even then, you just need an OFAC license. Tell me what it is that you do again? All I see is political 💩

threecents

Gabe, Just my perspective, but I think you are out of your mind with your defenses of 3M. The more you say about them the crazier you sound.

gabrielshorn2013

You surely have the right to your tribalist opinion three. No experience in international business on your part?

gabrielshorn2013

An accepted Purchase Order is an obligation three. 3M is a multinational corporation with operating facilities around the world. It was not illegal for them to fulfill those POs. Look it up. I did. Guess who tried to stop 3M from exporting the masks? Again, your tribalism is showing.

fjulia

OMG, another one who has drunk the Fox News and right-wing conspirancies kool-aid.

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