Letters: Compassion is presidential

Johnson City Press • Mar 27, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Compassion is presidential

Years ago, when I was studying American presidents in school, I asked my mother why people admired President Franklin Roosevelt so much. She said that during the Great Depression many people were terribly afraid and he comforted them during his radio broadcasts, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Yesterday, I heard President Trump respond to a reporter's question about how to respond to people who were afraid during this coronavirus outbreak. Showing no compassion or empathy for people who are afraid during this crisis, Trump turned his anger toward the reporter and his question.

Trump is concerned about his reelection chances and his wealth; he lacks compassion for the poorest and hardest hit Americans.

Johnson City

The two-ply Bulldog

Now that the president has finally officially acknowledged that the COVID-19 virus is here in large numbers and the federal government will become engaged in attempting to protect the citizens of the United States, it is impressive to me to see how "united" the citizenry is to work together as one to keep us all safe and secure.

Mr. Trump's words made me think of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's address to the people of Great Britain in 1940 after taking over from Neville Chamberlain that "they would never surrender" to the Nazis.

Mr. Trump's eloquent presentation was effective and we invaded the grocery store on a national basis. What confuses me is that of all the essential supplies we all require for daily life, the stocks of toilet paper were quickly and efficiently depleted from the store shelves so as to require them to ration some quantities of the vital item.

Is it possible that some of Mr. Trump's words had a personal impact on that particular item?

Johnson City

Flatten the curve

I wonder why our governor has not demanded a shelter-in-place order statewide since our infection rate is growing rapidly. It should have been done two weeks ago, but now would be better than not doing it at all.

The faster it’s ordered, the faster we get ahead of this virus and fewer people will die. Worldwide data backs up the concept to shelter in place. What’s taking so long Governor Lee? Trump got your tongue?

Piney Flats

Turn to Bible for virus advice

Christian lawyer John Haller says many are wrongly judging those who are buying several extra months of food as overreacting panic shoppers. Haller said common sense buying isn't panic and careless unpreparedness isn't faith.

Those buying extra are taking the coronavirus seriously. They aren't depriving others of food because there's no food shortage of most foods. Inflation is expected to raise prices is another reason to buy extra.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "It was better to err on the side of caution in coronavirus mitigation, even if the steps taken appear to be an overreaction.” Fauci said, "If it looks like you're overreacting, you're probably doing right things." A lockdown could happen in America as it has in eight countries.

Dr. David Jeremiah said in these stressful times Christians should claim Bible promises. John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Isaiah 12:2, "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 26:3, "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee (Jesus): because he trusts in thee."

A pastor said, "Christians don't test God." Be a good neighbor by staying away from your neighbor if you have a fever or are sick. You can still tell about Jesus and His love on the internet, letter, phone or 6-feet away. You can tell people about Jesus from 6-feet away. However you can't tell people about Jesus when you or they are 6-feet under!




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