Sept. 25, 2020: Opinion Page on Covid-19 Virus

By The Columbus Dispatch, Dick Polman & Political Cartoon

Today’s issue of the Chillicothe Gazette has an Opinion page full of Covid-19 items. At the top of the page there is a “Guest Editorial” by The Columbus Dispatch. It compliments The Ohio State University’s decision to eliminate next spring break. (Seeing it is only the end of September, why did they need to make that decision now?) On the left hand side of the page is a column by Dick Polman. He does his Trump bashing in his normal dishonest and inflammatory way of writing. (And he is the University of Pennsylvania’s Writer in Residence, though for some reason they left that off his byline this time?) In the center of the page there is a cartoon depicting a Lake of the Ozark biker event as “Superspreader 2020”.

After seeing this I couldn’t help but wonder: “Does the Chillicothe Gazette’s editor choose the columns and cartoons, or is she assigned the ones to use in the paper?” and “Who comes up with the headings for the columns?”

While taking all of the items together, along with a front page story on the number of cases in Ross County, it appears the Editor of the Gazette is still concerned that readers aren’t taking the virus seriously enough and attaching enough blame to President Trump.

It looks like Dick Polman sums up the pinion of the Chillicothe Gazette’s best with his closing words:

“I’ll simply pose a rhetorical question: If any president, through ignorance and negligence, had allowed terrorists to kill 200,000 Americans – with the prospect of killing many more, and wounding still more life, would that manifestly failed individual have a prayer of getting re-elected?”

The obvious answer that Dick was looking for was “Of course not!” And it appears he thinks he has just convinced us to vote for VP Biden.

Dick might ask himself “Why doesn’t it seem to be working?”

Maybe it isn’t working because many voters understand:

  1. The real culprit is the Chinese Communist Party. They allowed the virus to spread throughout the world.
  2. President Trump actually put in place travel bans together with a task force designed to address many of the items needed to fight the virus.
  3. Trump didn’t make governors of five northeastern states require nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.
  4. Trump didn’t “outlaw” the use of hydrozycloride as a potential life saving treatment for Covid-19 patients after many doctors found it to be very helpful in fighting the disease.
  5. Trump’s task force has sped up the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
  6. Diseases can be deadly as over 2.8 million people die each year in the United States.

It sure seems like the Gazette and Gannett think Covid-19 is a key to defeating President Trump in the upcoming election and are doing whatever they can to make sure it makes a difference!

Sept. 23, 2020: “Ohio crowd that greets him is mostly maskless”

By Darrel Rowland Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and photo by Joshua Bickel of the Dispatch

With the subtitle of the article reflecting that most at the Trump rally were “maskless” it is ironic that three of the four men pictured standing behind Trump were wearing masks and the one that wasn’t, had his mask pulled down at the time the photograph was taken.

Of course, they could have been the only four to have masks?

Sept. 23, 2020: “Trump: Virus ‘affects virtually nobody'”

By Darrel Rowland of the Lancaster Eagle – Gazette

With a bold headline like the above, what would you expect the beginning of the article to be about? If you said the Covid-19 Virus you would be wrong. In fact you have to go to the fourth paragraph of page 3A to find the quote shown above. The story is really about the two campaign stops President Trump made in Ohio the day before.

Once the article catches up with the headline you find the following:

“Despite the findings of scientists and medical experts, Trump claimed the young and the fit are virtually exempt from the disease. ‘Now we know it affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects.’ Trump’s response to the coronavirus remains a major campaign issue…”

Watching Fox News I recently heard about the CDC’s latest infection fatality rate estimates and they were quite startling.

Age GroupInfection Fatality RateDeaths per 1,000 Infected
0-19.000030
20-49.00020
50-69.0055
70+.05454

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html

What really surprised me was how hard it was to find this information. The only news source that came up when I did a Google search was an article on “Wink”. And even the CDC site didn’t have an article posted, you had to search down a planning document to find the numbers. Why wasn’t this covered by all the major media outlets and even the Gazette?

Based on the statistics listed on the Ross County Health District’s website (9/25/2020) and an estimated population of 76,600, 11 out of every 1,000 residents have been infected. But that overstates the risk for people who aren’t: Inmates, Correction Employees, Nursing Home Residents and Healthcare workers. Exclude cases involving those categories of residents and the number drops to 6 out of 1,000. With only 23 deaths, many of whom were nursing home residents and inmates, the expected deaths per 1,000 residents is 0!

So was it really that outrageous that President Trump said the Virus “affects virtually nobody”. For those under the age of 70 there is very little chance of dying from the Covid-19 virus. What has made the statement “outrageous” isn’t the death rate, but government’s reaction to the virus. Federal and state governments’ reactions have impacted nearly everyone!

Trump’s response to the coronavirus remains a major campaign issue…” Who’s making it an issue? Isn’t it the Democrats and the media. However, it appears that most in the media are only reporting one side. They are reporting what President Trump says, but not what VP Biden and Sen. Harris say.

Kamala Harris Pre-butal:

In her speech given the afternoon of the last day of the RVC’s convention Sen. Harris harshly criticized President Trump. One of the areas she went after him hardest on was the Covid-19 virus. (Watch starting at 10 minutes to 13 or 14 minutes of above linked video.) She claimed that President Trump didn’t have and still doesn’t have a plan to address the virus.

How did that go unchallenged by the Gazette and the media? Day after day, for at least a couple months in the spring, Fox News carried live coverage of the Trump Administration’s Covid-19 Task Force updates. During those updates we were introduced to the team members, what their responsibilities were and how their plans were progressing along with the latest virus statistics. We heard about the activation of the Wartime Production Act to ramp up equipment and supply production. They covered the construction of hospital capacity and the revamping of two huge hospital ships to supplement NY and LA hospital capacity. We heard about travel bans. And we were introduced to the plan to speed up the production and distribution of vaccine. To anyone who saw the updates it sure sounded like there was a plan. So how did she go unchallenged? (The video included with NBC’s reporting of her speech stopped before it to the above section.)

Biden on Covid-19 Deaths:

‘If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be — it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk,’ he said during a campaign speech.” Fox News

He went on to claim all 200,000 deaths were President Trump’s vault. He seemed to forget that governors of five northeastern states required nursing homes to accept Covid-19 infected patients resulting in the deaths of thousands of nursing home residents.

In June he claimed 120 million dead form virus:

So not only does VP Biden seem to not know the facts about the virus, but the plan he has outlined sounds a lot like the things that President Trump has already put in place.

The Gazette has been pushing stories about the Covid-19 virus, yet leaving out some of the most important stories. That’s not the kind of reporting Ross County residents deserve.

Opinion: Fox News Corona virus timeline “controversy”?

I just got back from driving to the store to get envelopes. I happened to have Fox News on the radio instead the “50’s” like I normally do. From what I heard, the big discussion of the day seems to be the controversy about the timeline for the release of a Covid-19 vaccine. I heard them say that the President was talking about a release sometime soon and the CDC Director taking about a release in the second or third quarter of 2021. Sounds like controversy worth spending hours talking about, or does it?

Words matter! Remember when we had a President who said “It depends on what the definition of “is” is.” In that case he was attempting to hide the fact he had been having an affair. This new controversy may be a little more important to get right. So what are they both saying?

The President says the task force has put in place a plan so 100 million doses of the vaccine will be available for delivery as soon as an approvable is given to distribute one. They think that could come as soon as the end of October or sometime in November. Those doses will be available for use by those most at risk. They are also saying that an additional 700 million doses will be available by the end of March 2021. Once given, that should cover the rest of our population, or at least those who have chosen to take it.

So what did the CDC Director say that is so different. He said the vaccine won’t be available for wide spread use by the public until the second or possibly the third quarter.

Since words matter, what is the difference between the two statements? The end of March is the end of the first quarter. The second quarter starts April 1st. So is Washington worried about a day or two or a few days. It seems so.

When I look at what the two are saying they aren’t far off. The President is letting the public know that a vaccine is coming out soon and the most vulnerable will be getting it first. He is also letting us know that a supply of vaccine large enough to cover everyone will be available by the second quarter of 2021. Being available is just the first step in getting the general public vaccinated, but it is the first and most critical step.

I see the CDC also correctly stating that the process of getting the vaccine distributed to those who will be giving it to the general public will take some time. He is also saying that all general public, who choose to be vaccinated, will have that opportunity by the second or third quarter.

I don’t see that those are contradictory statements. I certainly don’t understand how those in Washington think its worth spending any time on.

What I see is a process that seems to be working and that, if a vaccine passes all the necessary approval steps, will be available to the general public in record time.

If part of the controversy is about who gets the vaccine first, let’s look at the latest (2:03 PM 9/17/20) Ross County Health District statistics. There have been 834 confirmed and 3 suspected cases. Of those cases, 392 came from Healthcare Workers, Nursing Home Residents, Corrections Employees and Inmates. That accounts to close to half (47%) of all cases. Yet accounts for a small portion of the population living in Ross County.

So let’s be thankful that it looks like a vaccine may be available in record time. Let’s be glad that the first 100 million doses will go to those who are at greatest risk. That will make the rest of the population safer! And let’s be glad making the vaccine available to the entire population in record time, whether that’s in the second or third quarter, looks like it will occur. If that is accomplished it certainly will be a testimony to the creativity, ingenuity and hard work of those involved. And that even includes our President.

I, for one, am thankful and I won’t worry about whether the definition of “soon” is the second or third quarter of 2021! There really isn’t that much difference.

Opinion: “The Gazette’s Love Affair with Dick Polman?”

Try to get a column printed in the Chillicothe Gazette. You’ll find it’s not the easiest thing to accomplish. Sometimes you’ll have a column rejected because you use the wrong term. I had one rejected because I used the term “Wuhan virus” instead of the acceptable term “coronavirus”. It was published once I made the change. Also there are strict limits on length, unless it is a point that the Gazette wants to make. Then the limit isn’t applied.

So it can be hard to get your thoughts printed in the Chillicothe Gazette. That is unless your name is Dick Polman!

Dick Polman seems to have no problem getting his columns printed. He has had three printed in less than three weeks! So why the “love affair” with Dick Polman’s columns? Is it because Dick is “Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania”? Is it because Dick writes thoughtful, academic pieces making well thought out points? Or is there some other reason? So let’s look at key parts of those columns to see:

August 27: “Given how dangerous Donald Trump truly is, how cavalier he is about torching the Constitution and tallying American casualties, it’s probably a darn good thing he’s stone-cold stupid.”

September 12: “Here’s a pop quiz. Which of these rash acts is the stupidest? a) Frying your hand in cooking oil b) Breaking your thumb with a hammer c) Swimming laps in a polluted river d)Volunteering to be Donald Trump’s guinea pig”

September 16: “But while fully armed with foreknowledge about COVID-19, he (Donald Trump) has now shot and killed 190,000.”

While I’ve picked short segments of each column, they are representative of the tone and message of each. There seems to be one message in each: “Donald Trump is bad. How could you vote for him?”

So why does the Chillicothe Gazette have such a “love affair” with Dick and his columns. Is it because Dick is a Ross County resident wanting to share his thoughts? Is it because his columns are well thought out academic pieces? (That’s something you might expect from the “Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania”.) Are his columns funny? Will they help solve a societal problem? Are they columns that will make our political discourse more civil? Do his columns reflect the opinions of the majority of residents in the Gazette’s subscribers distribution area? (The Ross County presidential election results for 2016 were: Trump – 18,652 and Clinton – 10,356).

None of those seem to apply to Dick Polman’s columns. So why does the Chillicothe Gazette print so many of them? Could it be because each one of them “bad mouths” President Trump and attempts to get you to vote him out of office?

Is this what we expect from the local paper that we subscribe to and advertise in? You might want to let the Gazette and Dick Polman’s employer know your thoughts.

You can write to the editor of the Gazette at: Editor; Chillicothe Gazette; 50 W. Main Street; Chillicothe, OH 45601.

You can write to the president of the University of Pennsylvania at: Amy Gutmann; President; University of Pennsylvania; Collage Hall, Room 100; Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sept. 16, 2020: “Trump knew danger. End of Story.”

by Dick Polman of the University of Pennsylvania

Dick finished his column with the following:

“But while fully armed with foreknowledge about COVID-19, he has now shot and killed 190,000. Will that cost him votes? Are we so benumbed at this point that even the most flagrant smoking guns shoot only blanks?

Richard Nixon flew away in his helicopter for far less.”

The “he” that Dick is referring to in the first line is President Trump, so I’m wondering what I’ve missed. I haven’t seen any news story regarding a shooting the president has been involved in, let alone one in which he killed 190,000 people. I can’t imagine what kind of gun he must have used to accomplish that. If that’ happened, Dick is correct. That’s much worse than what President Nixon did that resulted his resignation from office.

But when I look back on Dick’s column what I see is a listing of what President Trump said, but no recitation of any of the things he did. I’ve always heard that “actions speak louder than words”. So why didn’t Dick list any of the things President Trump did? They must have been terrible too? Could it be because it might cause a reasonable person to come to a different conclusion than what he hopes those who read his column will come to?

I watch Fox News so I actually know that President Trump has taken actions regarding the virus. The way I know that is one of our favorite Fox News shows, The Five, was interrupted on a regular basis over at least a couple month period to show the President’s Covid-19 Virus Task Force updates. We were introduced to the members of the task force and what their areas of responsibility were. We heard daily updates on the spread of the virus AND on the actions taken to help deal with it. That included the activation of the Wartime Production Act that mobilized private businesses converting them to the production of PPE and equipment. It also covered the refitting of two hospital ships and a convention center so that New York and California would have greater hospital capacity to handle the expected increase in patients. The task force updates came daily. Having seen those updates I think it is fair to give President Trump some credit? But Dick doesn’t seem to want to?

In his column Dick attempts to assign responsibility for the loss of all 190,000 lives to President Trump. Is that fair? Shouldn’t the governors of five states who required nursing homes to accept individuals diagnosed with Covid-19 and then saw significant levels of death in those very same nursing homes be assigned some of the blame? And what about the Democrats and bureaucrats that criticized President Trump for suggesting that individuals might try Hydrozychloride treatment despite the fact that many doctors were having success with it. How many individuals died as a result of that? How many of those deaths are the result of the actions of the Chinese Communist Party and their handling of the virus. That’s where it started.

Finally, how many deaths might be attributed to Dick Polman if readers fail to get vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus once it becomes available because they read his column suggesting it would be foolish to do so?

It looks like the story hasn’t ended yet after all!

Aug. 29, 2020: “Trump incorrect on virus, energy”

by David Klepper, Josh Boak and Amanda Seitz of the Associated Press

This column has been sitting on my desk waiting for me to comment for some time. So it may seem outdated, but I still think some aspects of it are worth covering.

The column is an attempt to “Fact Check” President Trump’s speech during the last night of the Republican Party Convention. But who ‘fact checks” the “fact checking”. I’ll atempt to do some in this column.

Covid-19: This section of the fact checking includes the following:

“Trump: The United States has among the lowest case fatality rates of any major country anywhere in the world.”

“The Facts: Not true. Not if you consider Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and India as to be major countries.”

“The U.S. sits right in the middle…”

“of the 20… followed by Bangladesh, the Philippines, Russia, Morocco, India, Argentina, South Africa and Chile.”

The journalists include several countries in their list that I suspect few people would cite as “major countries”. I doubt that Bangladesh, the Philippines, Morocco, Argentina, South Africa and Chile would show up on most peoples’ list of major countries. So if you exclude those six countries, all of which had lower mortality rates than the U.S., from the list of major countries then you find the United States near the bottom of the remaining fourteen countries. So it looks like the “journalists” had to work extra hard to find that statement “Not true.”

Black Lives Matter:

“Rudy Giuliani, …’Black Lives Matter and antifa sprang into action and, in a flash, they hijacked the peaceful protests into vicious, brutal riots.”

“The Facts: That’s a hollow claim. There’s no evidence that Black Lives Matter or antifa, or any political group for that matter, is infiltrating racial injustice protests with violence. In June, The Associated Press analyzed court records…”

The article was carried in the August 29th Gazette and refers to a speech that was given on the 27th. Yet the proof the “journalists” give to prove the statement a “hollow claim” was from a study done in June? I happen to watch Fox News most nights and almost every night since June have seen clips of the violence in Portland and other cities. Front and center are individuals who proclaim their allegiance to BLM. So again, how hard did the journalist work to attempt to prove this statement untrue? It looks like they worked pretty hard, but without success!

Military:

“Trump: “We have spent $2.5 trillion on completely rebuilding our military, which was very badly depleted when I took office…”

“The facts: That’s an exaggeration. His administration has accelerated a sharp buildup in defense spending and paused spending limits but a number of new Pentagon weapons programs… per date Trump.”

When the journalists state that the Trump administration “has accelerated a sharp buildup in defense spending and paused spending limits” haven’t they actually proved the case he was making was true? It seems so to me. In the quote he didn’t claim he started the programs, just that during his administration there has been more focus and spending on rebuilding the military than under the Obama Administration. And that is the exact same thing the journalists tell us.

Veterans:

“Trump: ‘We also passed VA accountability and VA Choice…”

“The Facts: False. He didn’t get Veterans Choice approved; President Obama did in 2014. Trump expanded it under a 2018 law… (that change) allows veterans to get health care outside the VA system at public expense under certain conditions.”

So what did President Obama’s VA Choice program do if it didn’t give veterans the choice to get government paid healthcare from non-VA providers? That is what Veterans Choice was supposed to be about, wasn’t it? That was something that got done while Trump was in office.

So why did the journalists work so hard to Fact Check his speech and use distorted reasoning in order to prove the claims “False, Misleading or and Exaggeration”?

Looks like ‘fact checking” the fact checkers is something that needs to be done more frequently, especially when the original fact checking is done by The Associated Press!

Sept. 14, 2020: “Unioto, Chillicothe earn titles”

by Tom Wilson of the Chillicothe Gazette

Why would anyone post a column about a cross country race. I understand Tom writing the article, and he did a great job, but what caused me to decide to comment on it?

Anyone familiar with me and my 215 pound body might think I played some high school sport like football, but that’s not the case. When I was in high school I had a 149 pound body and ran cross country and track (the half mile and mile). That’s probably why the article caught my eye.

So when I read the article and saw that the Unioto HS team had finished first in a nine team field I couldn’t help but look for more details. What were their times and how did they place. What I discovered may have been a historic first, never accomplished before in the history of the sport. If not quite that historic, it can amazingly close!

What was amazing was Unioto’s team score. It was 16. You have to understand the method for scoring a cross country race to understand what an accomplishment this was. A team score is determine by the place its first five runners finish. So first place counts as ‘1″ and second place counts as “2” and twenty-first counts as “21”. In a nine team event you would usually have at least 45 runners, five from each team. It wasn’t uncommon that a team would enter more than 5 runners in such a big event and I expect that was true in this case. So the event could easily have had fifty to seventy-five runners, yet Unioto’s score was 16!

So how do you get a score of 16? You have runners finish first, second, third, fourth and sixth. So a perfect score for a team would be 15 with a team having the first five finishers. Unioto’s team finished with just one more point than perfect in a nine team event? What an exceptional accomplishment.

While I commend all the runners who took place, Unioto’s accomplishment was so outstanding I thought it was worth taking the time to comment on.

Congratulations on a historic performance!

Sept. 12, 2020: “Who wants to inject Trump vaccine?”

by Dick Polman of the University of Pennsylvania

Six days after printing an article that stated Covid-19 was the most cited concern of Ohio voters polled, the Gazette chose to print what I consider to be one of the most dishonest and reckless columns I’ve ever seen. I just can’t figure out why! Did they think that Dick’s column was funny? Did they like the fact it scored points against President Trump? Did it match the rhetoric coming from Vice President Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, President Trump’s opponents in the upcoming elections. If not one of these reasons, why would they print it? Maybe they printed it as an example of the kind of column that should never be printed in a reputable news paper? Whatever the reason, someone at the Gazette thought it was worthy of printing and reading!

The column starts off with the following:

Here’s a pop quiz. Which of these rash acts is the stupidest?

a. Frying your had in cooking oil

b. Breaking your thumb with a hammer

c. Swimming laps in a polluted river

d. Volunteering to be Donald Trump’s guinea pig”

The column finishes with:

“If a vaccine suddenly appears before Election Day, the first person to inject it and demonstrate its safety should be Donald Trump. In a public ceremony. Let’s see if he’s willing to put his body on the line.”

Any reasonable person reading the column would come away with the belief that Dick Polman was attempting to convince people that it would be foolish to take a vaccine if one were made available any time soon. Because of his past comments and the words he chose in this one, Dick probably believes it would be foolish to take a Covid-19 vaccine as long as President Trump is in office. But if he were to lose in November then it would suddenly be okay? Or do we have to wait until Biden and Harris actually take office?

The column isn’t only reckless, it is extremely dishonest! Not all the vaccine research is being done in the United States. And even the research that is being done in the US is being done under the watchful eye of the FDA and other regulatory agencies. And possibly most important in ensuring that any vaccine released for public use is the fact it turns out not to be safe it would destroy the reputation of the company that produced it. Companies are usually cautious about destroying their reputation in a capitalistic economy. The only place they aren’t concerned is in socialist economies where they are protected by government.

But what might be worse is the fact that Dick knows his proposal isn’t even possible when he proposes:

“…the first person to inject it and demonstrate its safety should be Donald Trump.”

Donald Trump can’t be the first person. That’s not because he is President, though that might be a good reason for not being first. By the time it is released for public use it will already have completed Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials. And what are Phase III trials. They are trials where humans have volunteered to be injected to test the safety of the vaccine. So already hundreds, if not thousands of individuals have felt comfortable that the vaccine has proved to be safe after Phase I and Phase II trials, that they are willing to volunteer to be part of Phase III trials.

But if that’s the case, why is Dick attempting to convince readers of his column they would be fools to be vaccinated? Considering how serious the Covid-19 virus is and dishonest and reckless Dick’s column is, why did the Gazette chose to print it?

That’s a question I’ve asked of the Gazette’s editor and the president of Gannett News. I’ve also written to others who I think would be concerned like Gov. Mike DeWine. If you have a concern, please express it too!

Write to:

Editor, Chillicothe Gazette, 50 West Main Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President, Gannett News, 7590 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia, 22107-0150

And after this column, I hope we never see a column by Dick Polman in the Gazette again. That would show some good judgement on their part. Maybe all Gannett papers should do the same!

Sept. 6, 2020: “Covid-19, economy top issues for many Ohioans”

by Renee Fox Warren Tribune

In a recent “Your Voice Ohio” inspired article Renee covers the results of a July poll of a Ohio voters coordinated with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics of Akron University. While the article talks about many of the issues that were cited, no supporting data was given or description of how this particular portion of the overall polling of the voters was conducted. Were voters given a list to choose from or were they asked to list the concerns on their own and then the responses counted to determine their frequency. That might not sound like it is important, but it helps one understand why some concerns that often make the list are missing. But another factor may better explain that.

“…there is a great deal of agreement on the issues most important to improving life – COVID-19, the economy, healthcare, racial equality, income inequality.” “At the lower end of spectrum, the respondents named mental health, international peace and security, environmental protections, infrastructure, public services, drug addiction and immigration reform.”

The article gives us a clue that the polling was done by supplying a list for those polled to rank:

“But differences in demography – gender, age, education, religion and more – play a role in how those issued are prioritized.”

The article continues by stating that voters want to hear more about the issues from the presidential candidates. It also stated that the papers plan on covering the issues in the coming weeks.

While nicely written and interesting, my concern is whether this process is self fulfilling. The Gazette has been full of articles on the Covid-19, the economy, climate change and healthcare so it is easy to understand how those would be on peoples mind. But the paper has had few articles on the unrest in Portland despite the fact it has lasted over 100 days, or that occurring in other cities. I believe I’m correct in saying there have been no articles on the Social Security Trust Fund Report that was issued April 22 or the recently issued Congressional Budget Office report which projects our level of Gross Debt to Gross Domestic Product will far exceed what it reached at the end of WWII. Both of those topics will have a greater impact on the nation as a whole if nothing is done about them than even the Covid-19 virus. Yet we see articles on Covid-19 on a regular basis, but none on the other two.

Were Social Security and National Debt on the list given to those polled?

Are we in an echo chamber where the Gannett Papers are concentrating their efforts to covering the Covid-19 virus, thus making it voters number one issue causing the news papers to carry more articles on Covid-19? It sure seems like we are.

But how do we get out of the echo chamber?