To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor suggested that the upcoming presidential election was not about partisan politics as it was about capitalism, socialism, freedom, etc.

I have a different point of view. Our upcoming presidential election is about whether the American people want to continue the foundations on which our country was founded, as summarized in the Preamble to our Constitution, or continue the collision course we are on.

Our upcoming election is about proportional representation, separation of our three branches of government, equal justice under our rule of law, a respect for other viewpoints, a free press, an informed electorate, an understanding of ramifications of isolationism, the preservation of our safety network for the population ( especially our Medicare and Social Security) and many other significant programs and legislation that keep our drinking water, food supply, air quality, streets and homes safe.

The Preamble summarizes these manifold things as follows: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity..."

Ann Seltzer
Avon Lake

To the Editor:

As the November election approaches, it's becoming clearer both sides have settled on their favorite political strategies. The Republicans are a real hoot and have decided when in doubt, just lie. And, if not in doubt, lie anyway.

They are attempting to paint the Democrats as wild-eyed Socialists and it's true some (but not most) Democrats are way out there in left field. The Republicans have claimed Biden is for defunding the police (totally untrue). What he has said is police budgets ought to be increased to employ specially trained responders for various situations that don't require armed officers; sounds reasonable and rational to me.

Biden has not endorsed Medicare for All, recognizing we, as a country, can't afford the Medicare we have now. Biden, in fact, is a center-issue Democrat and his VP is more to the right than he is.

Personally, I believe individuals ought to be responsible for what they say and do and we also need to return to some sort of fiscal responsibility as a nation. Republicans used to believe that also, but they've decamped to some other bizarre alien world normal people don't relate to or recognize.

According to the Republicans, the COVID-19 virus is a "Chinese Hoax," which certainly is a surprise to the 180,000 Americans it has killed so far. And, they claim, the Democrats are coming TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY, which would be a nifty trick in a nation with 330 million citizens and 350 million guns.

I especially liked Trump's claim that the reason we have so many COVID-19 infections is because we test too much and if we tested less, the number of reported cases would be less. Someone ought to explain to him that testing less will certainly lower the number of reported cases, but it's like picking up acorns in the woods: If you don't look around, you won't find as many but that doesn't lower the number that are actually on the ground.

Trump is certainly a record-breaker, the problem being the records he's breaking are all legendary corruptions of what we used to think of as "normal." Take for example his 20,000 lies and misrepresentations he's spewed forth in less than four years. What a model for our children.

Not to mention his insistence all children need to go back to school no matter how many people will be killed by the virus spreading in closed classrooms (and then taken home). After all, the number of deaths is irrelevant to the No. 1 priority: Trump's re-election. We won't get into his administration's absolutely spectacular incompetence in dealing with the pandemic.

Back when I was a young man (long, long ago) we used to believe a man's word was his bond. In other words, you were worth what you said. Apparently, Trump's version of the truth is if he says it, it must be true and any facts and science that contradicts his version of the world is just "fake news."

Richard DeColibus
North Ridgeville

To the Editor:

I would just like to thank the Avon Lake Police Department and the wonderful Avon Lake Community. We own two dogs and they are like our children. Our dog TJ is very playful and Ethel is very shy and skittish, especially around new people, loud noises or meeting new dogs. Recently while walking our dogs, another dog got loose and attacked TJ. While I was dealing with that, Ethel slipped her collar and ran away. My wife went after her while I tended to my injured dog. I was able to stop most of the bleeding and packed it with gauze at home (which of course later he somehow pulled it off). I then went out looking for Ethel while trying to keep an eye on TJ.

My wife and I were both beside ourselves looking for Ethel, mostly worried she might get hit by a car. Multiple people in the community offered recent sightings and helped quickly spread the word that we were out looking for her. I called the Avon Lake Police Department to let them know that we were out looking for Ethel, and they were already on the job. I was told that there were officers out looking for her and they would let us know if they found her. Later I found out that some very caring community members were following her with water. I’m sure after running away from people for 20-30 minutes on a very hot day, she did not look good.

Finally after we searched for what seemed to be an eternity and fearful that she might be hit by a car, some wonderful community member called my wife to let us know they had found her (almost two miles from where she got loose). She had apparently collapsed from heat stroke and they were watching over her. While my wife completed the police report, I went to pick her up. By the time I had gotten her into my car, an Avon Lake Police officer drove past and immediately offered help. He told me that the Avon Lake Animal Clinic on Miller Road was always open and he offered to escort me. In hindsight I believe this was for my own safety as well as others because the adrenaline was pumping and my guts were twisting wanting to hammer that accelerator to the floor to get there as fast as I could.

The good people at the Animal Clinic also were wonderful. I had both dogs in the car; one I had to carry out of the car while trying to keep the other one from getting out. While I was struggling trying to do both at the same time, multiple hospital workers came outside and offered to help at the same time my wife arrived. I can’t say enough about the wonderful care both our dogs received and the jewel this community has in that 24 hour emergency Animal Clinic. They took very good care of both our dogs (TJ had to have 4 staples to close his puncture wounds and Ethel had to spend the night at the Animal Clinic getting IV fluids due to the heat stroke). Both are now home and on the mend.

So THANK YOU again to the Avon Lake Police Department, the Avon Lake Community and the Avon Lake Animal Clinic! Without all of your help, Ethel would likely not be with us today. I am grateful to all of you for helping to save our dog’s life.

Gerard M. Jirka

Avon Lake

To the Editor:

Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two

institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections

and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the

need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopes

used to vote by mail.

The person voting would also have more time to consider what they are voting for and would not be confined to the hours of the polling place. It would also prevent unwanted entry to schools and churches from anyone trying to harm someone.

In addition the voter would not be harassed by someone trying to place unsolicited campaign literature into their hand.

The additional revenue would boost the Postal Service and perhaps keep it afloat until we as a country are able to vote online. Voting by mail would solve the registered voter problem and guarantee safe passage of the ballots to the County Board of Elections. It might even

prevent further spread of the Covid-19 Virus.

Joe Bialek


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