Trump is doing things correctly


When the coronavirus started to spread worldwide, President Trump banned travel from China. He was labeled a racist xenophobe, but he was right.


When the president addressed the virus in his State of the Union address, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore up the speech. She is the epitome of the spoiled child.


When the president pushed the use of hydroxychloroquine, an existing drug that showed promise in fighting COVID-19, he was accused of having a financial stake in the product. The drug shows promise.


During press conferences, unlike the previous administration, President Trump stays and answers just about every question, even the ones that are obvious gotcha questions from the mainstream media who without question hate this president.


When the president stated that he would have the two Navy hospital ships, which were undergoing needed maintenance, online immediately, the press stated that it would take weeks if not months to get that done. The ships showed up on station the following week, ready to perform.


When the Republican Senate put together a bill to help individuals and businesses, the Democrats in the House tried to stuff it with pork.


This crisis that this country is currently experiencing is being handled by a businessman who knows how to get things done. Your typical politician would convene several months of congressional hearings with multiple witnesses and still not get it right. We should all be thrilled that we have Donald Trump in the Oval office and not Hillary Clinton.


Dennis P. Birdsall, Rainbow Springs


FAIRtax to the rescue


In the last couple of years, the domestic economy has soared to record heights. Unemployment, GDP, the stock market, real personal income, etc., were all up significantly.


And then came COVID-19.


But there is a "shovel-ready" plan for a return to business as usual. It's called the FAIRtax. Here's how it would work:


Under the FAIRtax, business pays no income tax, no capital gains, no compliance costs and no input costs on material or labor. In a world where every nation would be competing for investment capital, the United States suddenly becomes the destination of choice for much of it.


The FAIRtax "prebate" reimburses everyone for sales taxes paid for necessities up to HHS poverty guidelines. Under the current circumstance, the prebate could be augmented temporarily by relief monies and direct deposited like social security checks are deposited now, with a minimum of fuss.


As we have seen from its recent gyrations, the stock market hates uncertainty.


With the FAIRtax, businesses, large or small, would know exactly what to expect in the way of federal taxes — zero.


The president has suggested a moratorium on payroll taxes, the most regressive of all taxes. The FAIRtax removes them permanently, giving the poor and the middle class a boost of a minimum of 7.65% for discretionary spending.


You want shovel-ready? The FAIRtax is ready to go. It is the most thoroughly researched tax proposal in history. It used to be merely a great idea, now it's an absolute necessity. Learn more at FAIRtax.org/about/how-fairtax-works.


Randy Fischer, Ocala


The other group


When on the first day of student teaching, Mr. Rodenberwhose, whose classroom I was to be learning to teach, said to me, “There are certain people who can make your job easy or hard. They are the office staff and the custodial staff.”


He proved to be right. There has been much written about the “first responders,” and rightly so. However, without this other group it would be impossible for them to do the excellent job that they do. These groups are the people who provide the cleaning service; the ones who cook and those who pass the food out. There are those who make sure the temperature is kept stable.


These people are to be commended for going about their jobs and providing excellent service that enables the first responders to save those many lives.


Robert Paterniti, Ocala