Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

The New York Times front page memorial dedicated to the victims of COVID-19 has led to a highly heated, politicized, emotional debate.

Some have praised it, others have condemned it. Some call it exaggerated due to claims of inevitable death due to advanced age or concomitant life-threatening illnesses.

Others blame ill-preparedness and ignorance for the tragic loss of lives.

Regardless, since 1868, Memorial Day has been a solemn day to honor those brave Americans who risked their lives and the millions who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The editorial board of the New York Times made a conscious political decision to hijack Memorial Day.

They certainly could have waited a week.

Gary Branfman, Victoria

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George Schwarz

Well, Gary, tell you what. Go buy a newspaper and you can put whatever you want on the front page. Every one of those deaths represents a failure in leadership from trump and his henchmen. The NYT was making a political statement. It’s the newspaper’s right to do so. I happen to think that those who made the ultimate sacrifice would understand why the statement needed to be made.

Glenn Wilson

George -- Every one of those deaths represents a failure in leadership from trump and his henchmen. -- Trump and his henchmen have been doing a lousy job with COVID-19 right from the start, IMO, but "Every one of those deaths" - seriously? You're delusional, and that's a personal opinion, not political.

George Schwarz Staff
George Schwarz

I've been called worse, Glenn, and frankly, my dear, I don't give a ....

Glenn Wilson

No doubt, and I'm sure you don't. [wink]

Henry Pongratz

Glenn what would you have done different??

Glenn Wilson

Henry -- Very likely nothing any better. Bureaucracies and politicians aren't very good at dealing with much of anything serious on short notice no matter who's in charge. The response to the COVID-19 virus was a case of fumble, bumble, run in several directions at once, issue conflicting information, finger-point and Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. Except for the Twittering it would have been the same under any other administration.

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