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Letters: Presidential debate featured poor performances by both candidates

This combination of photos shows Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during a presidential debate hosted by CNN, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
This combination of photos shows Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden during a presidential debate hosted by CNN, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Debate didn’t answer who would be better president

I watched the presidential debate Thursday evening and was very disappointed in the performance of President Biden and the falsehood of former President Trump. As American taxpayers, we need better performance from the leading candidates for the office of president.

Biden was not on his game and missed many opportunities to fact check the false claims Trump was making during this debate. Trump kept making false claims against President Biden, who just took it without making an argument versus these false allegations.

If a debate is to show the American public who the better man is to lead our country for the next four years, this was a big waste of time because neither man showed the American public that they were right for the job. The campaign has four months left for both Biden and Trump to convince us who is the better man for the job. Good luck to both, we need a leader in these troubled times.

Thomas Redding

Fountain Hill

For good of nation, Biden must end reelection bid

In a stunning 90 minutes, President Biden simultaneously vindicated his most fervent critics and demoralized his most avid supporters. After months of skepticism regarding the mental acuity and competence of the president, he faced the monumental task of proving such critics wrong. He did not do this.

From his seemingly precarious walk to the podium, to his meandering answers, to his gaping mouth when Mr. Trump spewed misinformation, President Biden looked every bit of his 81 years of age.

The president speaks often about the threat that Mr. Trump embodies: his dastardly character, his disregard for human rights and his degradation of American democracy. Mr. Trump should be easily bested in a factual and objective debate, and again defeated in the general election. Yet, President Biden unfortunately appears incapable of doing this. Biden is a good and decent man who has served this country for a majority of his life, and he must now recognize the necessity of his action. In 2020, the “soul of this nation” depended upon Mr. Biden’s ability to defeat Donald Trump. In 2024, it depends on his ability to step aside and allow someone to run in his place. This nation depends upon him.

Kyle Fleshman

Lower Macungie Township

Candidates should frame discussion with ‘focal points’

After the chaos and clamor and tumult of the debate week, I suggest we need each presidential candidate to formulate “focal points” in three areas for our consideration before and at the second debate.

First, here are three issues on which I will focus in my presidential term. Second, here are three accomplishments of my present or past presidential administration. Third, here are three statistics about life in America or the world that you need to think about. Each of these nine focal points could have 50 words of description. These nine focal points are not meant to limit discussion but frame and initiate discussion.

Edward J. Gallagher

Bethlehem

Pa. Gov. Shapiro should be 2024 nominee for president

The tides and cycles of our national life often flow incredibly swiftly, and we are now at a critical inflection point in the history of the United States of America.

I am convinced that Gov. Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania is the clear and correct choice for the next Democratic nominee for president of the United States in the 2024 election.

If Gov. Shapiro is nominated, I intend to set aside as much of my personal and professional life as possible, and then work tirelessly and enthusiastically to help him become the next president.

Robert E. Tench

Upper Macungie Township

Parents should get vaccines for their children

I grew up at a time without many vaccines. There wasn’t a polio vaccine until I was in elementary school. While I did not catch polio, I knew some people who did. Some died. Some were paralyzed for life. Vaccines for measles, mumps, chicken pox, German measles/rubella and whooping cough were not available when I was young. Unfortunately, I was exposed to and suffered through many of them. Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated are risking the health of their children and their neighbors’ children. The effects of these illnesses can be anything from unpleasant to devastating. Vaccines are a modern public health miracle. Please follow your doctor’s advice and get your children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. You should also get flu, pneumonia and COVID vaccines that your doctor recommends. If you don’t, you may regret it for the rest of your life.

Philip Segal

Bethlehem

Don’t blame ‘greedflation’ for inflation-boosted prices

It is being argued by several local, statewide and national political candidates that inflation is being caused by corporations greedily raising prices, “price gouging,” to increase profits, or “greedflation.” To make their case, advocates of “greedflation” identify certain businesses earning high profits. However, inflation reflects the price level of the whole economy, not cherry-picked firm profits based on individual market or other circumstances.

Moreover, the proponents’ cited examples of “greedflation” only show a correlation between high profits and inflation. Their cited cases do not show that higher profits are the cause of inflation. Profits historically have been low with high inflation rates.

Higher prices and inflation are caused by the market forces of supply and demand, when there is too much demand for supply. The current situation of too much demand for supply is mostly caused by government fiscal policies. Vote for candidates who are not scapegoating business, but for those candidates who truly care for working and low-income families by trying to remedy the real causes of inflation.

Dennis Engle

Salisbury Township

Court’s immunity ruling allows for a dictatorship

Sadly, the Supreme Court’s ruling on presidential immunity signals the death toll for our democracy.

What happened to the checks and balances that were envisioned by our founding fathers?

They have just allowed a dictatorship that will be led by greed and hunger for power and revenge. My heart bleeds for our country.

Marie Everleth

South Whitehall Township

Someone should ask Trump this question

The question that should be asked of former President Donald Trump is “what did you do wrong that you need immunity for?”

Mark Bushek

Upper Milford Township

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