Letter: Vote for Integrity

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To the Editor:

The person who occupies the White House in Washington, D.C. today just openly encouraged his supporters to break the law, by voting twice — once by mail, and once in person — suggesting that this would "test the system."

Trump, like many fascist and totalitarian leaders of the past century, advocates breaking the law and then accuses his opponents of breaking the law; he advocates disrupting the system, and tries his best to ensure that the voting system does not work, and then says the election is rigged. This person must be removed from power.

Responsible people, including conservatives and independents, are making the best move by supporting an honest man, one with integrity, for president — Joe Biden may not satisfy everyone's policy preferences, but he will bring integrity back to the federal government. It is important to work everywhere for fair voting, including the end of gerrymandering that rigs elections in favor of the party in power.

It is time for a tidal change in the United States of America — a time to move forward for real democratic government, for integrity and honesty in public life, a time to work for the common good of all people. I urge everyone to vote in November — either in person OR by mail, not both — and preferably by using municipal drop boxes for mail-in votes. Vote, and make your voice heard! Bring honesty and integrity back to government.

Jan Kuniholm
Cheshire, Mass.



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Letter: Vitamin D May Provide Covid-19 Protection

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Here is what the Mayo Clinic has observed about high rates of vitamin D deficiency in people with COVID-19 who experienced acute respiratory failure. These people had a significantly higher risk of dying. And a small, randomized study found that of 50 people hospitalized with COVID-19 who were given a high dose of a type of vitamin D (calcifediol), only one needed treatment in the intensive care unit.

In contrast, among the 26 people with COVID-19 who weren't given calcifediol, 13 needed to be treated in the intensive care unit. In addition, vitamin D deficiency is common in the United States, particularly among Hispanic and Black people. These groups have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Vitamin D deficiency is also more common in people who are older, people who have a body mass index of 30 or higher (obesity), and people who have high blood pressure (hypertension).

These factors also increase the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Taking Vitamin D-3 supplements may help protect us, especially those of us who are dark skinned. They are available at your local drug store and not expensive. Get the word out! We need to do all we can!

Jan Kuniholm
Cheshire, Mass.




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