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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:01 PM

Editorial: Joe Biden can restore nation to normalcy

By The Herald Editorial Board

At this point some might question the utility of an endorsement regarding the race for the President of the United States; supporters of President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden will have long ago locked in their decisions, and thousands have already returned their ballots.

Yet, more than a few are undecided or — more likely — are noncommittal about which way they are leaning and whether they should bother returning a ballot. Supporters for the competing campaigns do not need — or will not care to listen — to further persuasion. But for those uncertain or wavering, the following is offered:

Our recommendation: Yes, return your ballot, marked for Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.

On a range of issues, the case for Biden — and against Trump — is made clear:

On the coronavirus pandemic: Trump boasts of his order to shut down travel from China early in the pandemic. In truth, the restrictions were limited and delayed action on travel from Europe, which allowed significant infections on the East Coast. Trump refused to make full use of his authority to mandate the manufacture of personal protective equipment and testing supplies and support for contract-tracing that earlier would have been effective in controlling the spread of the disease and limiting deaths in the U.S. that now total more than 221,000. And he has belittled Biden and others for use of perhaps the most-effective means we currently have for confronting the virus: wearing face masks.

Biden — by Trump’s own mocking admission — “will listen to the scientists” and has outlined plans for a public health response that will limit the disease’s spread while work progresses on vaccines and treatments. Biden’s leadership also will be crucial in reestablishing public trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in health officials, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, that Trump has sought to undermine.



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