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As a native Northern New Yorker now living in Europe, it pains me to watch what’s happening in my home country from afar. It’s both heartbreaking and infuriating to watch the abysmal handling of the novel coronavirus, especially knowing that it didn’t have to be this way. I was in Northern Italy when the first corona case was confirmed and despite its initial struggles, the government took immediate action to lock down the entire country and implement nationwide restrictions, which included social distancing, limits on the size of public gatherings and a mask mandate.

Today, the country is starting to get back to normal with certain restrictions still in place, which includes masks in public places. There is no reason this couldn’t have been the case for the United States as well. With proper leadership, listening to the health experts, a national strategy and consistent messaging, this unforgivable tragedy we are witnessing could’ve all been avoided. The truth matters. Leadership can literally be the difference between life and death.

Many Americans abroad have watched our reputation on the world stage deteriorate, relationships with allies erode and trust in the American government fade. After four years, we’ve seen enough. Enough of the chaos, the division, the lies, the corruption, the hateful rhetoric and a total disregard for decency. President Donald Trump’s lack of leadership has made our country more fractured and divided, less safe and less equitable.

We can’t afford another four years of this and neither can our democracy. We may be far away, but we still have strong ties to our home country through family, friends and the American way of life. We are still American no matter where we live, and another four years of a Trump presidency will affect us all. There are about 6.5 million eligible American voters living outside the United States, and together with our friends back home, we will work hard to restore decency, integrity and compassion to the White House.

Teresa Coloton Hak

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(9) comments

Charlie McGrath

Much is true. The democrats have lied and divided this country since Obama was elected. They made up Russian collusion that sent this country into a frenzy for 3 years. The corrupt FBI and intelligence agencies attempted to overthrow the president and failed. They have tried to obstruct this administration since the beginning and yet much has been accomplished. I know they say that if Hillary had been elected no lives would have been lost to the pandemic and the economy would have soared with all the regulations and tax increases Obama created. We need to adopt the socialist (communism with unions) policies of the democrats so we will all be equal and poor with the exception of those in power. Never mind that Joe Biden is one of the most corrupt politicians ever to hold office. Enriching his family using his office to extort foreign governments into compliance. Yes we must put a stop to the lies that Biden continuously creates and is never called out by our corrupt media. We need to all move to Switzerland.

hermit thrush

this comment is a textbook example of the lies and division our country is facing. russian collusion really happened! charlie mcgrath is the one lying! we don't know the full extent of the story (because trump illegally obstructed the mueller investigation and dangled pardons to manafort and stone to keep them from cooperating), but at a minimum we know that trump colluded with wikileaks, which was acting as a russian cut-out. unfortunately one of our political parties is so thoroughly rotten that this information has no bearing on it.

KRobbins

we don't know the full extent of the story

That’s a point to bear in mind and the Red Hat Society doesn’t seem to appreciate it because they only live for the moment, I guess. The story will come out. Who’s been financing Trump and why he’s so obsequious toward Putin will be discovered.

KRobbins

Trump’s deputy AG is the one who appointed Mueller because the Russians really really did interfere to help Trump get elected.

No one says no lives would’ve been lost if Hillary had been elected. Just fewer.

The economy would be perfectly capable of “soaring” with the rich paying their fair share. Or in Trump’s case anything at all.

Joe Biden is actually probably one of the least corrupt pols. His son took an ill-advised job and from that Biden is one of the most corrupt politicians ever? You’re turning a real blind eye to the Trump family aren’t you?

Auf wiedersehen! [cool]

hermit thrush

good letter.

KRobbins

Absolutely. Let’s move beyond the chaos. It’s at the point where the president is announced to have Covid and probably a goodly number of people are going to question if that’s even true with almost 4 years of lies.

KRobbins

The Russian leaders have pushed their people to the point, with disinformation, of not believing anything. They want to do that here, too, and Trump is an accomplice.

Pitbull

The Russians are coming! One if by land, two if by sea!

KRobbins

It’s your prerogative, PB, to have no concern our country is under attack. There are ways other than by traditional weapons of war. The intelligence community says the Russians are continuing to try to undermine our democracy. Trump downplays it. I’ll take the impartiality of the IC. They don’t owe hundreds of millions of dollars to anyone.

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