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So blame­less

Last Fri­day, when asked whether there had been mis­steps that some health ex­perts say have ag­gra­vated the coro­n­avirus cri­sis, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump stated, “I don’t take re­spon­si­bil­ity at all,” in­sist­ing prob­lems that led to slow test-kit dis­tri­bu­tion were the fault of pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions.

He said: “We were given a set of cir­cum­stances, and we were given rules, reg­u­la­tions and spec­i­fi­ca­tions from a dif­fer­ent time,” be­cause the sys­tem was in place be­fore he ar­rived.

But he can take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pre­vi­ously rapidly grow­ing econ­omy that also had been in place be­fore he ar­rived?

Un­be­liev­able. The pres­i­dent doesn’t have ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity? Maybe just a lit­tle bit? Can you imag­ine the ri­ots with tar and pitch­forks that would have oc­curred if Hil­lary Clin­ton had said that in of­fice? Or any­one else?

What hap­pened to, “The buck stops here”? Oh yes, that was a Demo­crat.

- Ken Hunt, Kansas City

Get it to­gether

The clas­sic Ab­bott and Costello “Who’s on First?” rou­tine seems ap­pro­pri­ate when dis­cussing the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween govern­ment and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

We don’t have enough test kits. Why? We’re not see­ing news re­ports ex­plain­ing what re­sources are be­ing de­voted to find­ing medicines that at­tack the virus. We don’t hear about labs across the na­tion co­or­di­nat­ing with one an­other to speed­ily de­velop a vac­cine. Why?

Govern­ment, you’ve de­clared a na­tional dis­as­ter. Get off your rear, get or­ga­nized and get some­thing done. Me­dia, why aren’t you all over this?

Quar­an­tine all you want, but the only thing that’s go­ing to re­store our for­mer way of life is a cure. I sup­pose we could wait un­til the coro­n­avirus mu­tates, be to­tally un­pre­pared for that and watch the lethal­ity rates jump to much higher per­cent­ages.

It’s time to wake up. This is a war. The en­emy is clearly de­fined. Are we try­ing to win the war or min­i­mize the ca­su­al­ties while hop­ing our en­emy doesn’t want more?

For those who have the power to do some­thing, it’s time to drop the Ab­bott and Costello rou­tine and ac­tu­ally do some­thing.

- David Van­der­well, Olathe

What we need

Mr. Pres­i­dent, it’s St. Pa­trick’s Day, and I hear your voice as I turn on the TV. You brag about your un­prece­dented re­sponse to the virus and state that you took it se­ri­ously from the very be­gin­ning. Yet I watched you laugh at your Feb. 28 rally in South Carolina, stat­ing that worry about the coro­n­avirus was the lat­est hoax from the Democrats. That was a mere 18 days ago.

As Amer­i­cans, we are fright­ened of what lies ahead, hun­ker­ing down in our homes, dis­tanc­ing our­selves from fam­ily and friends. Mean­while, you prom­ise that the econ­omy will re­bound bet­ter than ever and that we will “win” this.

This is not a game or a con­test. This is real, and it is af­fect­ing each of us in a very big way.

At a time like this, we need a leader who shows com­pas­sion — for those who have lost loved ones or those who are suf­fer­ing with this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease. We need a leader who will own up to his fail­ings and prom­ise to do bet­ter in the months ahead.

Mr. Pres­i­dent, un­til the ly­ing stops, I refuse to watch your brief­ings. They are detri­men­tal to my well-be­ing and men­tal health.

- Linda Yates, Parkville

Mail them in

Imag­ine if the coro­n­avirus pan­demic oc­curred this fall. How would you like to be standing in a long line of pos­si­bly in­fected folks wait­ing to vote for who will be pres­i­dent the next four years?

If ever there were a clar­ion call for un­re­stricted vot­ing by mail, this is surely it.

- Mike Cun­ning­ham, Kansas City

Not laugh­ing

To the edi­tor who chose to pub­lish the Mon­day po­lit­i­cal car­toon by Jack Oh­man (7A) fea­tur­ing a de­pic­tion of the White House with a sign that read “Trump Mart”: You dis­gust me. - Cather­ine Dob­son, Lex­ing­ton, Mis­souri

District lines

In a Satur­day let­ter to the edi­tor, a 19-year po­lice vet­eran and life­long Kansas City res­i­dent said that of­fi­cers don’t want to live within Kansas City’s bound­aries be­cause of its pub­lic schools. (7A) I have lived in two homes with Kansas City ad­dresses. One was in North Kansas City Schools and the other in the Park Hill School District.

There are ar­eas with school choices out­side Kansas City Pub­lic Schools that still have a Kansas City ad­dress.

- Jerry Eng­land, Kansas City

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