Don O’Neal of Panama City says the Democrats and their supporters should refrain from trying to divide the nation and focus their efforts on helping America overcome the pandemic.

I always enjoy Democrat comments about President Trump.


The comments are usually uninformed or misinformed. Mr. Ian-Salit (News Herald, March 31) understands there are three branches of the federal government but does not understand the relationship of the federal and state governments or the operation of our free enterprise system.


He states that the president says getting medical supplies is the states' and governors' problem and that the federal government would help. The statement is absolutely true. Each state regulates and controls the medical facilities and personnel in the state.


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Our Constitution promotes this operation as each state can have different requirements, and our forefathers had the wisdom to decentralize most decisions from the federal to the state level. If a person pays attention, they will notice that state governors request federal help for a major disaster.


Mr. Ian-Salit's other point in the letter was that President Trump invoked a war power law that allows him to require private companies to produce requested products. His snide comment that Trump has yet to direct a single company to make critically short medical supplies was meant to imply that the president has no leadership ability, a current Democrat talking point.


If you watch CNN or MSNBC television, you have this opinion as they manage, not report, the news. President Trump, as he announced imposition of the law, cited how patriotic the private companies were for offering to produce without threat of the law. So far, only General Motors has been threatened by law to make ventilators, a demonstration of President Trump's leadership.


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Letters like this one and the one recently from Mr. Peters are partisan and divisive. The United States is in a serious situation with possible deadly consequences for aged people like Mr. Ian-Salit, and myself, aged 84.


It would be very nice to see patriotic letters to the editor with helpful suggestions and praise for the medical personnel/first responders at the forefront of this national war.


Don O’Neal, Panama City