LETTERS: Small businesses should seek help; Nonchalant distancing; Important question; Who’s the attacker?; Rhythm of life

Small businesses should seek help

Small businesses fuel the U.S. economy and are currently under attack by an invisible enemy. The coronavirus pandemic has left businesses closed and millions of Americans out of work.

Fortunately, Uncle Sam has extended a lifeline to the country’s small business job creators.

Through the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can access forgivable loans to cover payroll, rent and utility expenses. Some $349 billion has already been allocated for the relief, but Congress is signaling more is just around the corner.

The funds will help small businesses weather the pandemic-spurred challenges and be prepared to kick-start the country’s economic engine once the crisis subsides.

I strongly encourage all small business entrepreneurs to contact a local bank and apply today. Hundreds of thousands have already done so.

Unprecedented times require unprecedented action. The Trump administration has extended a lifeline. It’s time to grab it.

Elaine Parker

President Job Creators Network Foundation Addison, Texas

Nonchalant distancing

The new provisions and sanctions for global health safety should pose as a tactical individual standard, but for the multitudes the destructive power of COVID-19 is just another invasive improbability likened to a far-off approaching asteroid. What has been the most astonishing infectious transmission, aside from the virus itself, are the off-point attitudes and blatant disregard to the plight of battling this crisis by millions around the world. Animals instinctively feel the approach of disaster and run from it, but it appears that many humans, by not distancing, disregard their innate sonar and casually walk or run right into “the eye of COVID.”

What part of “if we don’t stay out of the public and away from others the potential of millions of lives perishing worldwide” could be inevitable? There are thousands of people dying as a result of this killer virus and most of them alone without family members or loved ones by their sides. It is heartbreaking to see or hear about family members who did not get to talk to an infected loved one before their passing or even hold a funeral ritual for them. Regrettably, in the midst of this global pandemic there are individuals who seemingly display a careless attitude toward their own potential to contract the virus or unknowingly spread it to others!

True character is only revealed in the midst of distortion or some kind of troubling event. If any one person on this planet can consciously surmise for themselves the reasoning to disregard imminent social dangers of COVID-19 while haphazardly going about their daily agendas; you have slapped God in the face, telling the creator that the lives of others mean nothing to you! These trying times are tests for us all to channel deep into those intrinsic values that mold our character; there we will find its true foundation.

Twenty years from now, what will we all be able to say to the next generation about the part we played in this catastrophic event? The inspiration here is to individually be able to honestly say that we’ve contributed to the rebuilding and longevity of mankind by purposefully keeping ourselves and others out of harm’s way. Those who have intentionally disregarded the “call-to-arms” as a global unification in distancing, unfortunately, the message to your children and grandchildren is that you’ve intentionally placed yourself, them, their families and the future of mankind’s survivability in harm’s way!

Dennis Walter Smith Sr.

Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Important question

Hindsight, confirmed cases and deaths seem to grow, until everyone can give the answers to the above questions as everybody reflects and asks themselves: Death or fear of dying will surround us; more jobless will occur; the thought of the scarcity of food will engulf our thoughts; more financial woes of how to pay the bills or buy food will lead us to a state of depression; more businesses close their doors with the fear of never reopening will cause us to speculate what the world we live in has in store for our future; more healthcare doctors face choices regarding who lives or dies — so did I do my part to avoid COVID-19 from spreading?

John West


Who’s the attacker?

Just finished reading Jake Longoria’s letter asking people not to attack the president (April 13).

Nobody is “attacking’ the president. He’s mistaking the legitimate questions and comments that this president just doesn’t like to hear.

If anyone is attacking, it’s the president himself, attacking reporters who ask him fair questions.

I’m sure Mr. Longoria has seen these daily press briefings, in which he talks over or interrupts those people who happen to ask him something that he doesn’t want to hear.

May I also remind Mr. Longoria that he called this pandemic “a big hoax”? Now I’m hearing that he’s calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired because he said that more people could’ve been saved if the government’s response hadn’t been so slow..

Trump doesn’t want to hear the truth, so let’s get rid of Fauci.

So, Mr. Longoria, who’s attacking whom here?

Mike Martinez


Rhythm of life

The whole world looks so different now, as I glance at the abandoned streets from the shores of New York to the City of Lights across the sea. The sound of silence deafening to ears that used to hear the hustle and bustle of impatient and erratic people, touching people, cheating people, killing people.

The sight of lonely people, walking silently and aimlessly on empty streets, saddening to the anxious heart. While the bleak and dreary grayness that has settled on the world, devouring the fading radiance of the kaleidoscopic texture and resonance of the palpitating rhythm of life as it used to be.

Muted echoes of desperate, solitary and isolated cries pierce the stillness that betrays the ominous days that may lay ahead, while witless and reckless minds continue to deceive and betray the innocence of frightened and fretful souls, with fabricated hope and incorrect, inaccurate and untruthful facts that only exacerbate the fear and distrust.

Our world is different now, but still spinning and breathing, despite the cracks and rattles inflicted by time, and by our indifference, disinterest and apathy, as inept caretakers and wardens of God’s Garden of Eden.

I want to wake up in the morning, look out my window, and see again the world as it used be. I want to see the hustle and bustle of pushing and shoving restless and active people as they go about their daily lives. I want to hear the shouts of frustration, the yells of glee, and the roar of the crowds, as normalcy returns to our lives and to the world. I want to see the streets of New York, the Arce de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees, and the plaza of St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, filled with crowds again.

I know that nothing will ever be the same again. The whole world looks so different now. Smaller. More relatable. More approachable. More human. And most of all, I hope, wiser and humbler.

Time is not on our side. This is our wake-up call. The aspiration and inclination to come together and work together, is now in motion. The choice is ours.

It’s time to reawaken to the rhythm of life and living again.

Al Garcia

Palm Valley

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