The U.S. has now surpassed 200,000 deaths from the COVID virus — 20 percent of the world's deaths despite having only 5 percent of the world's population ("Seventh COVID-related Death Reported," posted Sept. 24). We now know, in the president's own words back in February, that he knew of the dangers of the virus. He said that he did not want to alarm Americans, so he played down the impact and even lied to us.
Two of the 20th Century's greatest leaders, FDR and Winston Churchill, saw their responsibilities much differently. Churchill said, "There is no worse mistake in public life than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away."
"The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise," Roosevelt said. "The American people must be prepared for it and they must get it straight from the shoulder."
According to Jon Meachem, author of the book, Franklin and Winston, "People respect candor if they are confident their leaders have a plan for moving forward."
Edward "Buzz" Webb, McKinlyville