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Luckovich’s pokes about Trump are getting old

The next election for president of the United States is not until Nov. 5, 2024. It is not certain that Donald Trump will seek the office again. However, Mike Luckovich is already preparing his salacious cartoons and comments. In the Sunday, Oct. 12 paper, he depicts Trump holding out a bowl for trick or treat. The bowl says “2020 Voter Fraud,” and he offers it to kids, indicating it’s full of candy. Are we going to be subjected to his egregious views again like we were in 2020? Hopefully not, since it got very disgusting and redundant to many.


Congress must pass immigration reform after decades of inaction

A recent poll of battleground states, including Georgia, found that a majority of voters support Democrats including immigration in the upcoming budget reconciliation package. There is consensus among voters across all states in support of establishing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented Dreamers, essential workers and farmworkers. And it’s no wonder – immigrants are economic multipliers.

Throughout the pandemic, about 170,000 undocumented essential workers in Georgia kept key industries afloat, including agriculture, healthcare, education, sanitation and more. Beyond essential workers, undocumented immigrants contribute $7.1 billion to Georgia’s economy annually, and over two-thirds have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years. Further, establishing a pathway to citizenship could add $149 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

While the Senate parliamentarian denied an initial proposal to include immigration reform in the reconciliation package, Senate democrats remain committed to getting the job done because immigration is an economic issue. Thankfully, senators Ossoff and Warnock are working to provide an earned pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented Georgians, but we need all hands on deck. I encourage other leaders, including Rep. Bourdeaux, to jump in the fight.


Policy details are essential for candidates of both parties

Patricia Murphy is troubled by Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s limited policy details and lack of interaction with the local media (“No details from Herschel Walker? No problem for Trump supporters,” AJC, Oct. 20). She states, “The work in Washington is too important, and the stakes for voters are too high, not to say exactly where you stand on issues…”

Murphy’s concerns call to mind President Biden’s 2020 campaign and his subsequent policy positions. Relative to President Trump, Biden hardly talked to anyone, and he certainly did not indicate that he was running on a far-left, progressive platform. Rather, he ran as a moderate. If voters wanted the multi-trillion-dollar progressive policies President Biden is pursuing they should have elected Bernie Sanders. We appear to be living through a massive bait-and-switch scheme.

Overall, policy details are important for both Republican and Democratic candidates.


Trump’s mismanagement of COVID still being felt

You have printed tons of letters regarding the COVID phenomenon, but I can’t escape thinking that the most salient point has been missed -- namely, the impact of Donald Trump. His supporters would have us believe Trump is the consummate CEO. But any CEO recognizes that, in a crisis, they must, first and foremost, get the messaging correct. Absent clear, concise, truthful, supportive, decisive messaging, the crisis is bound to grow exponentially. How did Trump perform relative to this standard? An “F” by any evaluation. His messaging was muddled, inconsistent, contradictory, and ultimately, totally useless. It was so bad as to be laughable, were the consequences not so dire. To say that he butchered it is way too generous.