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The government knew well in advance that hurricanes were going to destroy the islands, so they could have sent a carrier loaded with helicopters and supplies to search every part of the islands for survivors as well as dropping water, food and medicine to any home or area they saw people who needed them. I repeat what Gen. Honore said; our military is trained for this.

Knowing that we have hurricanes every year, and they are getting worse every other year, why don’t we bring our military people home to save American lives instead of stationing them someplace in Europe or the Middle East?

Trump showed once again just how sick he is by insulting the people of Puerto Rico by actually calling them lazy and stupid when he said they want the federal government to do it all for them. Well, these people pay taxes just like the people in Texas and Florida, and they deserve to be treated with respect. He should apologize but he won’t.

I watched CNN and MSNBC so I saw the lines of cars for gas, the lines of people waiting for medical care, for food and water, as well as trying to get out. I saw the people helping each other as well as doing all they could to clean the areas blocking streets and homes. But there’s only so much people can do without the proper tools or electricity. It will be a blessing from God, and the work from these people, not Trump, if there aren’t an extreme number of deaths during the rescue period that could have been saved.

Another storm started by Trump was his calling all the NFL players who protested during the National Anthem “Sons of B____.” CNN recently held a special town hall meeting with Spike Lee and NFL players and ex-players answering questions from the audience

Most White people still believe the protest is about the military; even Hines Ward seemed confused, but Colin Kaepernick started the protest by taking a knee to protest the ongoing killings of mostly-unarmed Black males by police. This is the same issue that created the Black Lives Matter movement. There were several Whites and parents of military people killed in combat but I saw no parents of any of the young Black males killed by police.

Are Trump and Whites once again saying that the lives of young men who die in the military (dying for your country) are more important than innocent young Black males killed by police? The Bible I read says all men/women are created equal and so does the Constitution. If they are saying Blacks are unpatriotic, history says they are wrong. Blacks have fought and died in every war this country has been involved in, the declared as well as the undeclared wars.

Matter of fact, the Pittsburgh Courier led a campaign during World War II (1940 through 1945) called the Double V campaign. The “V” stood for Victory at home as well as Victory abroad. The victory at home was aimed at racism, which we still haven’t overcome 77 years later. For some reason no one bothered to talk to Kaepernick, or maybe I missed it.

In other news…

The Republicans’ last ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed because they could not get enough votes. They needed 50 with the vice president making 51. Now they will need 60. They are continuing their efforts to kill it in the states by underfunding it.

(Ulish Carter is the former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)


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