Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

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April 1

The Bowling Green Daily News on a recent television interview with Joe Biden:

It is well known what NBC anchor Chuck Todd’s political persuasions are.

He is a vocal, partisan liberal who has no journalism experience whatsoever. He didn’t attend journalism school in college but rather was a political science major. Somehow, without any journalistic background, Todd ended up on NBC in 2007.

Todd is a very controversial figure who through the years has made some remarks that show his true feelings, mainly about Republicans he doesn’t like. Most recently he suggested that supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were part of a “digital brownshirt brigade.”

As everyone is well aware, we have all been battling the COVID-19 virus for some time now. It’s a very serious illness that has caused a lot of people to die. We have stated in an earlier editorial that we believe President Donald Trump has done a terrific job of holding daily news conferences on the illness, declaring a national emergency and putting a travel ban in place to and from certain countries. Trump has been very responsive to this epidemic and should be applauded, not blamed or have fingers pointed at him for pure political reasons.

Now enters Todd. On March 29, while interviewing likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on “Meet the Press,” Todd asked Biden whether Trump has “blood on his hands” for the federal government’s sluggish response to the coronavirus pandemic or if that was too harsh of a criticism.

Biden, who did not take the bait, balked, saying he thought the characterization was unfair to the president and was a little too harsh.

We’re surprised Biden, who said in 2012 that if U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was elected president that he was going to put black people “back in chains,” didn’t take the bait. To his credit, he took the high road and didn’t acknowledge Todd’s ridiculous question.

For a TV host to even suggest that Trump has blood on his hands for a disease that began in China is simply reprehensible. No public interest was served with this outlandish question. It only made Todd look like an attack dog and highly partisan.

Todd simply showed who he is with this question — a liberal demagogue who has no journalism experience whatsoever and is trying to take jabs at our commander in chief that weren’t justified.

What is also interesting about Todd’s sudden concern about COVID-19 is that he served as a moderator of an NBC News debate Feb. 19, which was more than two weeks after Trump suspended travel from China. Todd asked no questions of any of the candidates about coronavirus.

This is very telling of the man and his ideology.

Todd has received much criticism through emails and social media over his outlandish question, and rightfully so, because as Biden even said his question was a little too harsh.

Online: https://www.bgdailynews.com

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March 31

The Louisville Courier-Journal on practicing social distancing:

We get it.

We are social beings, and what we are being asked to do to combat the deadly coronavirus goes against our human nature.

Staying home. Staying away from our friends — and even some of our family members.

But we are living during a time when social gatherings can spread disease and death.

That’s why we must follow social distancing guidelines.

And that’s why some of the activities that are happening in Louisville — people gathering at golf courses, or having close contact at hardware stores or meeting up on the streets to watch a drag race — must stop.

Now.

The urgent call from health professionals and our elected leaders to stay at least 6 feet from others, avoid crowds and gatherings of any size and avoid travel is being issued for good reason.

People are dying.

And, as Gov. Andy Beshear has stressed, these upcoming weeks are especially critical if we are to stem the tide of this horrible, highly contagious illness.

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COVID-19 is spreading fast and taking out people in its path. About 80% of those who get it have mild or no symptoms. That means people could have it and not even know and pass it to vulnerable people.

That’s why an image shot recently in Louisville showing 40-50 people gathered to watch cars drag race at 13th and Breckinridge streets and another showing a dozen or so golfers close to each other at Hunting Creek Country Club in Prospect are so troubling.

Again, if you are in close proximity to other people, you’re more likely to get the virus, take it home and unknowingly infect your mother or grandmother. Older people and those with chronic health conditions are more likely to die from this disease. So by gathering with others, you are putting your loved ones — and anyone you come into contact with — at risk.

It’s a life or death decision.

Across the country, more than 160,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 3,000 people have died. Two top doctors have warned President Trump that the virus could kill as many as 200,000 people in the U.S. during this outbreak.

In Kentucky, where nearly 600 people have tested positive and 18 have died, the number of cases grows daily. And the commonwealth is particularly vulnerable. Nearly half of Kentucky adults — 1.6 million people — have preexisting medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and COPD that put them at risk of serious illness if they were to get COVID-19.

fKentucky has the highest rate of cancer deaths out of all 50 states. About 14% of adults have diabetes, compared to 11% nationwide, and 39% of Kentuckians have high blood pressure.

Chances are you know people who fit one or more of these categories. Are you honestly willing to put those family and friends at risk of dying just to play golf or basketball, watch a street race or shop at a crowded store?

Come on, Kentuckians. It’s time that everyone in our community confronts this challenge with respect for each other and adheres to social distancing rules.

Together, we can beat this.

Online: https://www.courier-journal.com