To the Editor:

For as often as we hear politicians talk about “the person meeting the moment,” it is sad how infrequently we actually see it happen. I say that we are blessed in Northeast Ohio because we consistently see it in Gayle Manning. The 2008 financial crisis hit? Gayle helped get our state back on a sound fiscal track. The opioid epidemic hit? Gayle helped secure funding for NARCAN and made it easier for addicts to get treatment. Massive corruption comes to light with the former Speaker of the Ohio House and illegal campaign money? Gayle is now fighting for campaign finance reform. Life will always have its crises and it is how you deal with them that matters. Gayle has always shown that she is a leader who can take the charge and deliver results on the toughest issues facing Northeast Ohio today. She has proven herself time and time again and I look forward to supporting her in November!

Vincent S. Loparo Sr.
North Ridgeville

To the Editor:

They were our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, our children. Over 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began; the worst death rate of any country. The USA is 4% of the world’s population, but a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths according to NPR. It didn’t have to happen this way. If Donald Trump had acted even two weeks earlier than he did and had responded with scientifically appropriate measures such as mask wearing and mandatory lockdowns, then many more Americans would be with us today. He has stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot not just one person, but 200,000 people, and we as a nation have to respond.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the USA is the equivalent to having a Sept. 11 attack every day for 66 days. I remember the days after Sept. 11, 2001 when we as a nation came together to mourn, but also to ensure that nothing like what we saw that day would ever happen to us again.

We needed that kind of leadership when dealing with coronavirus, and Donald Trump did not deliver. Instead of listening to experts, Donald Trump ignored common-sense advice and said that this would all go away like a “miracle.” We are about six months in now, and while he tries to tell us everything is fine, the USA continues to get worse.

On Nov. 3, remember those who have lost their lives due to the incompetence and arrogance of Donald Trump and vote for Joe Biden. He will give us the leadership we so desperately need to guide us out of these rocky waters and back on a path of health and prosperity.

Margo Coniam
Avon Lake

To the Editor:

Last year, Matt Dolan sponsored an amendment to give a $5.8 million a year property tax break to one of the wealthiest communities in Ohio, the Village of Hunting Valley, whose average income is $500k and average house is valued at $1.3 million. How did we find out? Not through the usual legislative review process because the amendment was quietly slipped into the budget at the end. Fortunately, Orange district officials identified the change and alerted the governor, who used a line-item veto to strike the amendment from the budget.

It is important that voters not forget about this unethical move by Dolan with the election just months away. His opponent, Tom Jackson, wants to stop the detrimental siphoning of taxpayer dollars from public schools. I agree. When the time to vote is here, make sure to support Tom Jackson, the candidate who will ensure our public schools are funded.

If Dolan stays in office, who knows which school system would be targeted next to appease his big dollar donors. My vote is for Tom Jackson for Ohio Senate District 24.

Ina Adkins
Solon

To the Editor:

Dave Greenspan lost my vote when he blindly supported the Fetal Heartbeat Bill – a “one size fits everyone” law that injects government into the private lives of a woman and her doctor. This law makes criminals out of professional healthcare providers. It doesn’t take into consideration a woman’s mental state and especially women and girls who have been victims of rape or incest. It can cause long-term anguish, hardship and frustration for a woman already in crisis, forcing her to give birth and then possibly having to give up that baby to a stranger.

Monique Smith is a mother, a wife and a previous local legislator. Monique understands the complexity of these situations. She has faith in professionally certified doctors and how they practice, including their private interaction with their patients. Monique will support the conservative values that place personal responsibility and private decision making over state mandates. She understands that “one size does not fit everyone,” and she will work with other state lawmakers in Columbus to find workable solutions.

Please join me in electing Monique Smith for the 16th District – A candidate who represents our values.

Dennis Lambert
North Olmsted

To the Editor:

As a nurse I am perplexed by local mayors giving the "green light" for door-to-door trick-or-treating this year. Unknowns on both sides of any front door on Halloween is one's COVID status as treats are being given or received......

Symptomatic? Asymptomatic? Quarantined?

Halloween masks are not PPE! Hopefully those giving and receiving treats are properly masked and socially distanced. Once again Ohio is in the dangerous red zone per Gov. DeWine's latest update.

Hopefully door-to-door trick-or-treating will be canceled and everyone kept safe.

Linda K. Schuler, RN
North Olmsted

To the Editor:

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States as Commander-in Chief.

Now comes the latest news about your complete disrespect for our military and total disregard for the Covid-19 virus. We the American people have finally borne witness to what happens when they place an incompetent business leader into the Oval Office. Quality of life is not a business decision sir but rather it is a humane choice to be empathetic to those who cannot help themselves.

Joe Biden has that empathy and will return the United States to the era when we were respected internationally because of how we treat our citizens domestically.

This election is a clear choice between those who have never had it so good and those of us who know we can do better. Joe Biden will lead us there.

Fellow citizens, exercise your right to vote to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children’s future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.

To restore a sense of decency to the United States rise and vote!

Joe Bialek

Cleveland

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