I think of myself as an independent when it comes to politics but recently have leaned considerably toward the Republican points of view. Given the current crisis, I think our president is doing what needs to be done with what is available.

From the impression I developed watching the Democratic debates I doubt any of those people could be doing better. Yet hostile resentment toward the president from the moment the election concluded continues at a time political differences need to be set aside. Criticism of his actions are by hindsight, yet no Democrats or their supporters stepped up and offered any ideas up front.

What prompted this writing is the opinion cartoon printed in your March 25 edition. It suggests the president is pushing to resume everyday business without any concern to the coronavirus. The artist misrepresents the president by depicting him as demanding “don’t let the cure be worse than the problem! Open up the economy.” What the president said was: “We can’t let the cure become worse that the economy” He is trying all means to buy time for all of us. However, he also said that we have the very real prospect our going into a recession or even worse, a depression. The government can only hand out money so long before money becomes worthless.

Fifty dollars for a loaf of bread anyone?

What happened the last time there was a worldwide depression?

Peter Kolostov, retired, is a Columbia resident.


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