Opinion: The facts about our presidential choices

Opinion: The facts about our presidential choices

A sign outside the Mendenhall Mall directs voters to an early, in-person polling location. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire) Americans are poised to choose the next president of the United States and good decisions require facts. Cable television’s capacity for reliable reporting is questionable. If your choice of news outlet claims to be impartial but regularly devolves to yelling and name-calling, then it’s entertainment, not news. We need facts to compare and contrast candidate strengths and weaknesses. In 2016, Donald Trump inherited a functional administration with an economy successfully emerging from a recession and providing health care to millions of Americans. The pandemic changed everything although experts believe this should not have been so disastrous for Americans. Compared to other first world countries, proportionally more Americans have died or been infected. The pandemic continues unabated in the U.S. and the fall surge has emerged. Trump’s pandemic response is widely acknowledged as a failure for him personally and for Americans. He blamed states, when he should have developed a national disaster response with a coherent message supporting the CDC. Conversely, Biden embraces medical and scientific advice, proposes expanded free testing centers and mandating CDC recommended procedures for our collective safety. Trump sporadically halts pandemic relief. Biden promotes immediate congressional action by extending small business loans and direct relief payments. Trump asked the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ending medical coverage for 20 million Americans during a pandemic and ensuring those with pre-existing conditions will struggle to obtain […]

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