Vote for Dan Hobart for

Independence City Council

To the editor:

I hope you will join me in supporting Dan Hobart for the 4th District Council Seat on June 2. Dan decided to run for office because his stepfather’s insurance through the City of Independence was in jeopardy last summer. As Dan learned more about how his stepfather’s insurance was jeopardized, he realized the need for more transparency at city hall, which he aspires to address in his first 30 days in office. He also has positions on public safety, homelessness and – of particular concern for the 4th District – the revitalization of 40 Highway.

Dan is a practicing attorney who will look at all sides of an issue to ensure his vote represents what is best for the citizens. The thing I hear repeatedly from Independence citizens is that it is time for a change. I believe Dan will be a true advocate for the 4th District, which is the change we desperately need.

Voting is a right and a responsibility, so please vote June 2!

Thanks and have a great day!

Laura Dominik, Independence

There was a way to ‘PREDICT’

trouble from a virus pandemic

To the editor:

President Trump cancels our insurance policy by defunding “PREDICT.” Now some states are in fiscal trouble due to a failure of the federal government.

Governments are created in order to protect and defend “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This Government has failed in all aspects of our “Declaration of Independence.” Our Unalienable Rights have been trampled under by the Trump Administration.

If states are indeed in fiscal trouble, it is because Congress and the administrations have not heeded the warnings of the past concerning a global pandemic. It is the first order of business and responsibility of the government to protect and defend the people of this nation.

In 2005, George W. Bush warned Congress that delaying action until a pandemic was to appear, it would be too late. “PREDICT” was launched in 2009 in response to the influenza A virus subtype H5N1 "bird flu" outbreak in 2005. It was designed and overseen by Dennis Carroll, then the director of the USAID emerging threats division, with epidemiologist Jonna Mazet of the University of California-Davis as its global director. The program was one of four projects within USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats program, the others being “RESPOND,” “IDENTIFY” and “PREVENT.”

As we have seen from the current administration, Donald J. Trump – with classified briefings and warnings coming as early as 2017 concerning a scenario about the possibility of a pandemic facing the United States – chose to ignore the warning and in fact defunded – to the tune of $300 million – the “PREDICT” program, which probably would have provided at least some early warnings.

But the United States still would have been in trouble because Trump has no vision on how to lead. Stockpiling the necessary supplies to fight a pandemic should have been a priority of any administration since George W. Bush first echoed the warning, but those warnings went unheeded by all and defunded by the current administration.

Skip Speer, Kansas City

The Night After COVID

To the editor:

It was the night after COVID and all through the world, not a creature was stirring, not even a squirrel.

What to my wondering eyes should appear? A jolly man with lots of big hair. The president said with a smile on his face, “We will get through this with luck and God’s grace” as he shut down the country to shelter in place.

You could hear a great noise as people ran to their windows and said, “we want to be free to do what we want,” but it was not to be. So we settled in our homes with little work and not much food, but with liquor stores open we have lots and lots of booze. We don’t have much hope when we hear the bad news about how many have died. It makes me wonder if somebody lied.

And so, as our fears grow, we wonder when it will end so we can once again see our family and friends. We don’t know what to do with ourselves so we make things up as we go. When things will get better, well, we just don’t know. We all wish it would end so things will get back to normal. But we all fear that this will be our new normal. So we all hope that one day soon that the president will say, “It’s all over so go back to work or have fun and have a great day” and the country cheered. The people all said that this day will be known as “Victory over COVID Day” will be the happiest day of the year. So, to all a good life with lots of cheer.

Kenneth Burnett Jr., Independence