Monday letters to the editor
Ill-advised debt relief
EDITOR: Even before the election results, the pressure to cancel student debt had grown louder and louder. However, another point of view is that of “moral hazard”, when a loan is a written contract.
Nonetheless, we learn that Joe Biden is pressured to issue executive orders for student debt relief when he is sworn in.
To use the political system to obtain debt relief is an affront to those who, through financial sacrifices, have fulfilled their obligations. We have bankruptcy laws, and debt relief should be tried by the courts, not by politicians. If the political system steps in to decide what debt can be forgiven and what cannot, where does it end? It sets a very bad precedent.
Student debt has received a lot of attention because progressives want to ensure that this (usually) younger electoral population stays in their pocket for generations. It is beyond transparency; it is obvious and false.
Instead, let’s make public universities more affordable, but at the same time more focused on students pursuing viable studies, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math. If one wants to get a degree in humanities, philosophy, etc., he has to find a private institution and pay his fees.
Either way, don’t ask taxpayers to bail you out.
Trump’s ego journey
EDITOR: What a monumental ego. Four years ago, Donald Trump insisted he won the popular vote against Hillary Clinton. As the result came out otherwise, Trump assumed the election must have been rigged.
Before the recent election, that same ego made Trump say that the only way to lose his re-election would be through voter fraud. Despite a dearth of evidence or evidence, this prediction has driven him, his executives and the pocket dogs that allow him to come to terms with his delusion.
This is a sad indictment of an overwhelming majority of American voters – believing they would be part of a fraud, which would constitute the biggest fraud in American history.
Considering Trump’s defeat and his followers’ willingness to believe that and all his delusions, thank goodness he hasn’t asked them to drink the Kool-Aid yet.
EDITOR: The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our lives. This situation makes us very anxious for a cure, and the mass media have announced the many vaccine candidates using newer technologies, such as those produced and reported by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
However, the concern is with the ethical evaluation of viral vaccine candidates and the potential use of cell lines derived from abortion in the development, production or testing of a vaccine. With this in mind, it is important to say that respect for life is a fundamental right, and there is no doubt that the exploitation of the unborn child for the production of vaccines is a violation of the fundamental rights of the man.
For this reason, our society should be encouraged to choose among vaccine alternatives that do not violate these fundamental, ethical and moral standards.
Healthcare professionals should publicize the source of vaccines and offer ethical alternatives to allow the public to decide which vaccine they want to take. Therefore, demanding safe, effective and ethical vaccines must be our commitment as a society, or could the intention to do good justify the unethical production of the COVID-19 vaccine?
SALVADOR FRANCO MERCADO
EDITOR: The behavior of the current White House occupant since the election only reaffirms the opinion I formed when he stepped off the golden escalator to announce his candidacy. I firmly hope that one day, when I open my morning paper, the word “Trump” won’t be anywhere except maybe in the column of the bridge.
Small business closures
EDITOR: As a long-time customer of Lotus Beauty Bar, I can say I feel safer there than in the grocery store or places like Target, which I have only visited once. since the start of this pandemic (“Sober closing response”, Dec. 12). Even before the coronavirus, the studio has always been clean and sanitized. It is a small place, able to support two clients at most at a time and certainly more than 6 feet apart.
As you can see in the photo on the front page, clinicians are protecting their clients and themselves with masks and shields. In larger, more crowded rooms, it’s hard to stay away even with heightened social distancing, markers on floors, etc. Unlike the Lotus Beauty Bar, there are no temperatures taken at the grocery store and hand sanitizer is available but not always used.
Closing a small business like this does little, if anything, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it hurts owners and their employees. Please give them a break.
Credit to Trump
EDITOR: A front page headline on Tueday read, “Day of Hope in US Despite 300,000 Dead,” with frontline workers receiving coronavirus vaccine here in California and across the country. What wonderful news and hope for the vaccine. Yet the New York Times article made no mention of President Donald Trump anywhere in the article.
The media have blamed Trump for the virus all year. Yet now that the vaccine is being distributed, there is no credit given to the president for accomplishing something that most of the media said was impossible to do until the end of the year.
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