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Letters to the Editor: Coronavirus Crazy
Empty supermarket as coronavirus affects North Italy, Feb. 24, 2020 (Giorgia Basso/Shutterstock.com)

Our editors’ inboxes and comment sections are filled with insightful, sharp, and thought-provoking responses from our readers. So we’re starting a weekly roundup of highlights. Check up on our blog each Friday for more, and send your letters to editor@spectator.org!

On “Yes, I Am Self-Quarantining After CPAC — and Yes, CPAC Is Doing the Right Thing,” by Jeffrey Lord

I’ve gone to 3 events in the last 2 weeks and rather than shake hands, I elbow bump. I wash my hands often and avoid touching my face.

I’m amused at how so many people are phobic about bathroom doors and toilet seats. Generally, I don’t fret much about this stuff (after all, these are bronchial germs, wrong end) but rather treat the following as serious germ vectors: elevator buttons, hand railings, and microwave doors.

March 11

On “China and the Coronavirus: A Reckoning,” by Richard Shinder

The financial and defense interests of the United States demand that we reverse the offshoring of manufacturing as quickly as possible. A few voices have been sounding the alarm for the past couple of decades. Perhaps the rest of America will wake up to the danger now. Globalists like Joe Biden and his family have grown wealthy by selling off America’s production capacity and jobs to China, India, and Southeast Asian nations. It’s time to get the Chinese boot off our neck and regain control of our own destiny.

March 12

It is the panic, the public perception, which we need to fear, not the disease itself. One might even recall the words of a former President, “The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” We should not be cavalier about this but we should be rational.

March 12

On “Be Very Afraid of People Very Afraid,” by Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn

Last Tuesday, I had to engage in a toilet paper hunt. Why, because in my small Nevada town there was a run on paper products and other items like hand sanitizer or alcohol based products or over the counter medication. However, my small town was not an isolated incident. It seems that this is happening across the nation. Why? Why here in Nevada? The last I heard the state was still free of this flu, though that has to change with Las Vegas and Reno being dependent on outside dollars as they are. But why a hoarding panic before the first case even showed up in the state?

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A possible answer occurred to me when I finally came across a jumbo roll of the Walmart version of Scott Tissue. It said “Assembled in the USA,” not made in the USA but assembled. How does one assemble a roll of toilet paper? Then I recalled I haven’t seen a paper plant since I joined the Navy back in the seventies. Question: did we ship our paper plants, along with everything else, to China?

I’ll tell you what the Wuhan Super Terror Flu illustrates: the absolute stupidity of globalism and the dismantling of our industrial base. Can’t you see it? The trees are harvested here in the USA and Canada but shipped to China and turned into paper and shipped back here to the USA. Where Walmart hires some Mexican to attach the paper to a cardboard roll under the supervision of an Indian here on a H-1 or H-2 or whatever visa. And these two fools of supposed authors whine about deficits and deficit spending. Which is something this country has been doing since FDR!

March 12

On “Politicizing Coronavirus Will Cost Dems the House,” by David Catron

Obviously, the first thing each and every American wants most is that they and their loved ones NOT be infected by coronavirus.

But the second thing each and every American wants is accurate, detailed, objective information about the disease and its progress and that cannot be had because, Democrats being Democrats, the process has been politicized, by Democrat politicians and their allies in the media.

Therefore, what is to be believed?

March 10

On “Dems Overestimate Biden’s Success,” by George Neumayr

Try to “think” like a Democrat.

No, no, stop playing the theme music from “Looney Tunes.”

There are Democrats whose sole criterion for a Presidential candidate is that the candidate be a woman, and there are Democrats who are concerned about Biden’s manifest physical and mental deterioration, both of whom would at first glance be put off by a Biden candidacy.

But when Biden names a woman as his VP, Limbaugh brilliantly opined yesterday Stacey Abrams of Georgia, both above concerns are satisfied.

He dies, or goes 25th Amendment, and it’s President Abrams, woman and “of color.”

Biden would be poison for America.

Abrams would be poison for America.

But both are Democrat poison, which makes them quite a team.

March 12

Playing with the Primary System

A political primary is a preliminary election in which the registered voters of a political party nominate candidates for office. The key word here is preliminary. The current system allows small states such as Iowa and New Hampshire (assisted by the media) to award front-runner status to the victorious candidate. From there the candidates travel a path determined by which states wants to “leap frog” the other by moving up their primary dates. Candidates are whisked across the country without any real ability to distinguish regional issues from national issues. Consequently, party platforms are determined by a make-it-up-as-you-go approach. If the primary process were organized on a regional basis, candidates would be able to study the regional issues, campaign to confirm those issues, and then receive votes based on the solutions they propose. A regional approach would also prevent a premature selection of a front-runner because success in one region certainly would not guarantee success in the next region. This would also further validate the process because each state would still have a say all the way down to the end. Finally, the number of delegates awarded in each state should be determined by the percentage of votes won by each candidate.

Accordingly, the political primaries should occur between January and June of each presidential election year. Each of the six regions would be assigned a particular month. A lottery held in June of the previous year would determine which month each region holds its primaries. An example illustrates the format:


Southern (8):



Southwestern (9):



Atlantic (8):



New England (8):



Northwestern (9):



Middle West (9):


Joe Bialek

March 8

Justice for Rep. Renzi?

As a constituent of former Congressman Rick Renzi, I find myself deeply concerned that nothing has been done to investigate and respond to the gross corruption involved in the prosecution and imprisonment of this great patriot.

Mr. Renzi was convicted on multiple counts for trying to orchestrate a land swap that allegedly was to be for his benefit. The conviction was based on the prosecution’s assertion that the key witness had no bias, nor was it to his financial gain to testify on behalf of the state. After Mr. Renzi reported to prison to “do his time,” his defense team uncovered credible and verifiable evidence that the witness did, in fact, have reason to fabricate a story for his own benefit. Unbelievably, the judge, even though he found the new evidence to be damning, refused to allow Mr. Renzi a new trial to clear his name.

The excellently written article by Rachel Alexander, entitled “The DOJ Inspector General Needs to Investigate the Crooked Prosecution of Renzi,” outlines the frustration brought on by this grievous display of prosecutorial corruption. Alexander has, over the years, written multiple articles detailing the absurd denial of justice afforded to Mr. Renzi, all of which can be found at www.townhall.com.

It is about time, particularly with all the evidence that this is not the first or only time that the Department of Justice and the FBI have smeared someone for political purposes, that a full and thorough investigation of this matter be instigated. Mr. Renzi deserves to have his name cleared and his civil rights restored. He was, is, and will again be, a great asset to America.


Roberta Bramlet

March 11

From Daniel J. Flynn’s Spectator A.M. Newsletter

Hi Mr. Flynn,

Thanks for your common sense on Covid-19. Now that they’ve canceled SXSW, Austin plans to go one further: The University of Texas is talking about canceling in-person classes and telling the students not to come back after spring break. I’m a UT employee (in the library) and I really hope that doesn’t happen. 

Remember back when there would always be a concerted effort to keep people from panicking over public health scares? Those days are over, it seems. The media need more clicks and eyeballs, and damn the consequences.


Missy Nelson

March 12

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