Think Greece when you hear an excuse
President Donald Trump announced recently “with great sadness” that the COVID-19 coronavirus had claimed 100,000 American lives. He was right. It is sad and it’s cause to reflect on how we got to this point.
To answer that, I have been thinking about Greece, a nation of 11 million people, sandwiched between Italy and Turkey – not exactly the safest place to be in this pandemic.
By all accounts, this was not a good place for people to be. Greece also is not known for strong government and certainly not financial stability. It also is not associated with the great scientific minds of the world.
All this sounds like a recipe for disaster, when faced with the coronavirus crisis, but that would not be the case. As of this writing, Greece had recorded 2,892 cases of the virus and 173 deaths, total. How is that even possible?
It is really quite simple. Before the first death occurred, there was an early, focused response. They closed schools, restaurants, businesses and large gatherings before the first death occurred in Greece, on Feb.12. Travel bans followed shortly thereafter.
They also had the foresight to have adequate medical supplies and equipment on hand to treat those he contracted the disease.
It is not possible for anyone to watch the crisis in China, and believe it is a hoax or fake news. To act in such an irresponsible manner evidences a total lack of leadership, that has plunged the country into a deep recession, with literally millions unemployed and a 100,000 dead. From the Greek experience, if the response had been quick and correct, the crisis would have been less and of shorter duration, but that was not how the White House handled it.
Now the president is blaming the states of causing the economic downturn. This is not the fault of the states, regardless of how the Republican Party wants to reinvent it.
Remember Greece? Anytime another excuse is thrown out, think Greek and you will be able to see the excuse for what it is.
Sherry Keith Kelley
Support someone who walks with us
Kentucky Democrats have three choices for U.S. Senate in this month’s primary election. For me, the choice is clear: State Rep. Charles Booker, D-Louisville.
Booker is a working-class Kentuckian who was born and raised in West Louisville, a traditionally disadvantaged portion of our state’s largest city. Booker can relate to the struggles of everyday Kentuckians regardless of race or ethnicity. He understands the same issues that impact his neighborhood also affect many rural communities from Paducah to Pikeville.
As our state and nation struggles to heal from civil unrest related to the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, Booker was in the streets of Louisville leading peaceful demonstrations and inspiring Kentuckians of all ages, races, faiths and genders to hold public officials accountable and to fight for a new path forward for Kentucky that truly includes “liberty and justice for all.”
His opponents? Nowhere to be found.
Booker supports many of the issues I feel strongly about such as criminal justice reform, racial justice, health care for all, student debt relief, LGBTQ rights, cannabis legalization, environmental responsibility and removing money from politics.
In recent days, Booker has received endorsements from the Courier Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and popular sports radio personality Matt Jones, who once pondered entering the race himself.
Booker’s surge in support is coming from real people who live and vote in Kentucky. His main challenger has dwarfed him in total fundraising, but is trailing in in-state donations. Kentuckians want to be represented by someone who talks like us, walks with us and will fight for us. We are not interested in fence riding, hand-picked outsiders chosen by the national party and funded by SuperPACs.
I would like to encourage all registered Hardin County Democrats to join me on or before June 23 in voting for state Rep. Charles Booker to become the 2020 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.
David A. Stith