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E DITOR Thank you, Mr. Spindler

To the editor: The Vorland family would like to extend their thanks to Kevin Spindler for his many years of work with the students in the Colby Middle and High School music program.

We attended many of the events – Madrigal dinners, talent shows, musicals and the Spectaculars. Throughout the years the students gave stellar performances! He was able to bring out the talents in them, and they exhibited such poise and self confidence when they entertained.

For years Kevin and the show choirs took a special interest in Pearl – annually singing “You are my Sunshine,” and “Happy Birthday” to her in her later years. When she turned 100, her greatest thrill was becoming queen of the castle in the Madrigal performance – “A Festival Fit for a Queen.”

We always looked forward to and enjoyed his music events. We thank Kevin, again, for his time, talents and commitment to the Colby Middle and High School music program. We will miss him, and we wish him the best as he and Jill move on to the next chapter in their lives.

Allen and Mary Singstock Oshkosh

Americans are hurting

To the editor: The American economy shrank on an annualized rate of 33 percent during the second quarter of this year. In the past 19 weeks, over 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits.

The moratorium on evictions expired on July 31, and 40 million people do not expect to be able to make their next rent or mortgage payment. The week ending July 21 had 30 million Americans say they did not have enough to eat.

If no help arrives from the government, the economy is expected to shrink further and another 1.7 million people will lose their jobs. President Trump and members of his administration do not talk about these numbers because they point to a lack of leadership less than 90 days from an election. He has asked for a pay roll tax cut, funding for a new FBI building, and money to replace several billion dollars spent building a wall, but none of his suggestions are designed to provide aid to Americans facing financial ruin.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate floated a bill to replace the $600 a week unemployment benefit that ended last weekend with $200 a week, but are struggling to get all their members on board. With the economy nearing a collapse and millions of Americans going hungry and being evicted from their homes, we expect our government to act.

Last week, Democrats in the House presented the stimulus plan they have had for the past two months. Republicans in the Senate spent time debating whether or not to go on vacation and still do not have a plan. The continuing indecisiveness in the Senate and lack of leadership by the president must stop. It is hurting America.

Mindy Walker Willard

Truth over facts?

To the editor: As presidential candidate Joe Biden stated at a rally, he supports truth over facts, whatever that means.

I have read many letters to the editor this past month bashing anything our current president does. This past week was no different.

One letter stated our president is “violating” the constitution, and proceeds to quote which article applies. If no one questions it, it sounds legitimate. The problem is the correct U.S. code is 40USC1315. The government has a right, and responsibility to the taxpayers to protect “federal” buildings erected with taxpayer money.

In the case of the Portland, Ore., riots 60 days of constant rioting and attempting to burn a “federal” building would fall in that code as the local Democrat mayor has no desire to protect our property.

In another letter, Trump is bashed for not responding like Justin Trudeau to the pandemic. Another case of “misleading information.” I happen to know individuals firsthand who rely on the so-called “universal healthcare” which Canada has, partly due to having visited Canada and talked with real Canadians for the better part of 35 years.

One individual had needed heart bypass. He waited six months for treatment. I have not heard of anyone in the U.S. that has had to wait that long! Free does not necessarily mean free!

The sales tax on everything purchased in Canada is 13.5 percent. At this time, when our gas is at $2.15 per gallon, Canada’s gas prices are close to $4.50. The economy is still shut down in Canada, with only essential workers able to cross.

U.S. pediatricians all agree that the schools should reopen this fall as there is no evidence that a child can infect an adult. I do notice the writer stated going to religious services, social events and governmental gatherings (I’m assuming he means Trump rallies) can spread the virus, but riots and looting events don’t spread the virus. I wonder if the author considered the harmful effects of respiratory problems K through 12 of wearing masks eight hours per day.

Please keep writing your letters to the editor, though, I enjoy fact checking the truth over facts.

Dan McNeely