LETTERS: Looting hurts businesses; A criminal is criminal; Real plague: insensitivity; Playing politics

Looting hurts businesses

After the death of a black American at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, protests erupted across America against the treatment not only of George Floyd but of all black people in this country. But what started as an inspiration for the treatment of black Americans by the police departments across the country turned into looting and rioting.

So how can the rest of America have sympathy to this great cause?

Many businesses that had nothing to do with what happened got burned down and looted of their inventory to run a business.

What these rioters and looters need to stop and think of is how many black employees they have just put out of work. Because some of these businesses will not be able to rebuild, not only because of their looting but also because of the lost business due to the COVID-19 virus that deeply impacted them.

Jesus Rodriguez


A criminal is criminal

A blue suit does not automatically make a person good, noble or kind with great, honorable integrity; it doesn’t mean they should be granted immunity for their crimes. It is that type of mentality that has American citizens upset and filled with fear and hate.

The “enemy” or “criminal” should always be the person who does not respect the law, no matter what suit he wears. The police who abuse their power to commit crimes against American citizens or American law should not be protected under qualified immunity. Any person who tries to kill or attack a cop is a criminal, but only as much as any cop who unjustifiably kills, beats, steals, rapes or murders as well. The only difference is that if you’re employed as a police, cop or agent, chances are you’ll get away with it.

It’s wrong to protect and shield criminals just because the uniform they wear represents integrity, honor and respect. A criminal is a criminal, no matter what uniform he has on. It’s not about what suit you wear. It’s about what side of the law you are on.

The only way to heal the divide and unrest in America is to rescind the “qualified immunity” clause and start holding people accountable for their crimes, no matter what job position or title they have.

No one hates cops. No one.

Citizens hate criminals who have unlimited free passes and getout- of jail cards because of their job title and issued uniform. A uniform does not turn a monster into saint.

Police brutality should be considered a higher priority than the war on drugs because the police have started a war against the youth, the colored and, sadly, the innocent.

I understand that it’s not all law enforcement but a few very rotten apples, but their lack of involvement to finding a solution to end this brutality by their brothers in blue makes them all criminals. Law enforcement, more than anyone, know that guilt by association is real and tangible. “Brothers in blue” no longer reflects and conveys honor, integrity or justice; instead it is a band of brothers, a gang that protects the guilty, twists the truth, defends the wicked and values perception over reality.

If law enforcement feel they must meet quotas, then every good cop should turn in at least a minimum of four bad cops a day! Surely they would have no problems. If the law held each and every one of us (no matter our employment) accountable for our crimes, there would be no divide between the police nation and American citizens.

Lana Hortencia


Real plague: insensitivity

I thank Mr. Archer Crosley for his letter dated June 2. After reading it I couldn’t help but think deeply about the true effects of this pandemic. Not only the number of people dead, but the number of people still alive who think this pandemic isn’t that bad.

Mr. Crosley, what’s your point, though? You say that the statistics do not support the degree of fear. What for you is a substantial degree of fear? Just a little fear? Perhaps just enough to not get infected, but still go out as consumers and shop and eat at restaurants?

You may think the number of people dead from COVID-19 isn’t that high relative to the number of people dead from car accidents. But that doesn’t mean that the numbers aren’t high.

If we all agree that 100,000 deaths really isn’t that bad, there’s still the very likely possibility that people will continue to die as this thing continues to spread, partly due to the ignorance of people who think this thing isn’t

really that bad in the first place. Just because you think the pandemic isn’t that bad right now, it doesn’t mean that it can’t get any worse. And by the way, just because COVID-19 won’t kill you as surely as a car accident, it doesn’t mean that both aren’t bad and that we shouldn’t take precautions to avoid both.

If the people in power, who by the way perpetuate this kind of rhetoric, had taken this thing seriously sooner, fewer people would have died. You say 100,000 people dead from a preventable cause isn’t that bad. I say your insensitivity to the health of others is worse than any pandemic, any drunk driver, or any atom bomb known to man. Indifference and insensitivity are the real plague.

Phil Garcia


Playing politics

Generally, I try not to disagree with fellow letter writers.

However, I must respond to Mr. Darrel Williams Sr.’s letter of June 3. He appears to be preaching for the group that puts doing business in our time-honored way far ahead of the value of human life.

He states that businesses are declaring bankruptcy due, they say, to the business shutdown.

Check on these businesses, folks; they have either done it before or have been on the verge for years.

Mr. Williams hints that because the U.S. lost only 80,000 lives when we didn’t shut down, 100,000 is somehow acceptable.

He states that the “overwhelming majority” of those who have died from COVID have been the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58% of the deaths were reported from the over-75 group and that is hardly “an overwhelming majority.”

He then ends by bringing the dreaded politics into his argument by admitting that the original shutdown was based on the advice of Doctors Fauci and Brix, two of the top experts in the field. But, as if demeaning that reputation and expertise, he mentions that they are friends of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He ends by saying that he believes the president has received bad information but neglects to name any professional medical sources who have advised him otherwise.

Finally, as if to emphasize that the rescinding of the shutdown was the worst possible route, The Monitor reports 52 additional cases in one day.

For shame, Mr. Williams. This is hardly an issue with which to play politics.

Ned Sheats