More Republicans grow tired of Trump

Donald Trump has been called many things but the Great Uniter has not been one of them. Is he the great divider? Of course he is.

In the latest Fox News Poll with a head-to-head matchup, the poll finds Joe Biden leads Trump by a 12-point advantage. The former vice president has the experience and has shown the ability to compromise on issues with Republicans in Congress.

According to a recent MSN article, more Repub­licans are jumping ship. A group of President George W. Bush’s administration and campaign officials have launched a Super PAC supporting president candidate Joe Biden. It’s the latest in a growing number of Republican groups to come out in support of Biden over President Trump.

The new group, 43 Alumni for Biden, has recruited former White House officials, Cabinet secretaries and campaign aides who worked under President Bush to join the push against the Republican incumbent. It’s time to join the smart Republicans and dump Trump. Even our allied countries don’t trust him.

So long, Mr. Trump. It’s not been good to know you. He can’t even get along with his cabinet members and aides. Many of them jumped ship.

And he blew it with his COVID response. His careless handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in tens of thousands of unnecessary infections and deaths.

On Jan. 8, Iran fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq in retaliation for a U.S. strike ordered by President Trump that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Iran strikes killed 80 U.S. troops with more than 200 injured. Did Trump even think about Iran retaliating and possibly starting a war? U.S. soldiers’ blood is on his hands,

I believe Trump is the worst president in our country’s history. He is a profound threat to the security of our country. Through his incompetence, he has weakened our country.

A Washington Post article stated as of May 29, 2020, President Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims. President Trump: You’re fired.

God bless America, we need your help. Vote for Honest Joe Biden and not lying Donald Trump.

Jack Herrmann

Elizabethtown

Loggers looking for COVID-19 relief

Kentucky’s forest industries generate more than $13 billion a year to the state’s economy and employ more than 59,000 Kentuckians. That includes over 2,500 master loggers who help Kentucky be the largest southern producer of hardwood sawlogs and veneer.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact this important sector of our economy, particularly loggers and log trucking. According to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, our state’s logging industry has weathered a 35 percent decline since the same time last year.

This hits small, family-owned logging businesses that typically employ four or five individuals especially hard. They have high operational costs and low margins. So even a few months of diminished production can have serious effects on solvency. These impacts are in addition to Chinese trade retaliation against wood products that already had slowed demand.

While many in the forest products industry have applied for and received assistance under the Payroll Protection Program, payroll is a small part of total operating costs in logging and log hauling businesses.

Fixed costs such as equipment notes and insurance as well as consumables such as fuel, oil, tires, hydraulic components and equipment repair costs often account for 75 percent or more of overall production costs. These fixed costs continue whether the business is producing or not.

Loggers throughout the country are feeling similar economic impacts from COVID-19. That’s why we are calling on Congress to provide this sector some form of “bridge” relief.

A low interest loan, for example, could help our companies pay our monthly bills on equipment until logging and manufacturing levels stabilize. We are seeking parity with other agricultural commodity producers that have already received assistance in other stimulus funding packages.

The Kentucky Forest Industries Association supports the wood industry and forestry interests throughout the Commonwealth and urges the inclusion of logging in any future funding packages to prevent the shortage of the many products that are vital to the economic recovery including paper products, personal protective equipment and building materials.

Robert Bauer

Executive Director

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

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Linda

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dem-rep-bobby-rush-trump-instigate-race-war

Here's a typical Democrat. Calling President Trump a racist when he started the Illinois Black Panther Party.

Linda

7/20/2020-https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/01/17/iran-its-allies-still-claim-without-proof-that-scores-us-troops-were-killed-missile-strike/

Another embarrassing letter from Mr. Hermann. Apparently, like most Democrats, he loves reading Iranian fake news stories. Even Fake News' Washington Post admits it's a lie. Speaking of Fake News, the Washington Post is one of the worst. They blamed President Trump for a hurricane. It doesn't get any worse than that.

Originally posted 7/20/2020

CHARLESA

Excellent letter Mr Herrmann and right on target. Finally some republicans with comman sense are coming around to see what damage trump has done and continues to do. It's time for him and the republican leadership in the house and senate to go so that the country can be saved from disaster.

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