By Retired Army Sergeant Major Rosemarie T. Caraballo.

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The United States has welcomed immigrants blessed to live in a nation that believes in democratic norms. This country allows everyone to flourish if they work hard and take advantage of opportunities not found in places like Latin America. In 1954 and the late 1960s, my grandfather was allowed to come to the United States from Mexico as part of the “Bracero” or “Mexican Farm Labor Program.” His story led to the honor of my life: the chance to serve my country as a career soldier and noncommissioned officer in the U.S. …


Fellow Cuban-Americans: Vote for Joe Biden Because He is Anti-Fascista, Anti-Racista, and Anti-Comunista

By Margarita Cambest

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By Rear Admiral (Ret) Kenneth Moritsugu, Rear Admiral (Ret) Clare Helminiak, Rear Admiral (Ret) Julia Plotnick, and Rear Admiral (Ret) James Galloway

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For more than 70 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has protected America’s public health. Whether identifying new diseases or learning how to protect against old disease foes, CDC consistently has been the authoritative source for accurate scientific information to guard the health of all Americans. CDC’s reputation is global as health officials in other nations routinely ask, “What does CDC say?” before taking action. However, this reliability and standing are now in jeopardy.

Several of us worked at CDC constructing its scientific guidance for protecting the nation’s health. The rest of us relied on that guidance to inform and standardize the country’s civilian and military health practices and policies. We trusted CDC’s guidances because we knew they were based on the best available science. As science evolved with the understanding of diseases, we knew we could trust that CDC’s guidances were based on honest assessments of what science was telling us. During health emergencies, CDC scientists openly shared what we knew and didn’t know, what we were doing to learn more, and what the public could do. CDC scientists neither speculated nor inappropriately reassured. That reliability was maintained under both Republican and Democratic administrations. …


By Julie Mettenburg

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As a sixth-generation rancher and Kansan, I am used to thinking in a long-term perspective. We farmers and ranchers must think about the future, about what we want for our landscapes, our communities, and our kids. When I talk to Kansans involved in agriculture, the issues that come up most are health care and climate change. Democrats up and down the ticket, from Joe Biden to Barbara Bollier, are on the right side of both of those issues for Kansans today, and for the future.

As a business owner, I must purchase my own health insurance. As an employer, I worry about the quality and affordability of the health insurance I provide for my employees. And as a mom, when my daughter came back home because of COVID-19 and tried to find a farm job, I saw how difficult it was for her to get access to affordable, quality health insurance. …


By Elizabeth Hogan

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It is no longer questionable that the climate of our planet is changing. How those changes manifest, and the rate at which they take effect, vary from place to place. And the science reveals that they are changing faster in one place than all others on the planet: the Gulf of Maine.

In the last two decades, the Gulf has warmed at seven times the global average; faster than 99 percent of the global ocean. The shape, depth, and position of the Gulf at the meeting point of two major currents, the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream, make it particularly susceptible to warming. …


By Chris Cole, Sean Baker, Margaret Wilmoth, Dean Taylor, David Delaney, and Rick Devereaux

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We are military veterans and North Carolina residents with strategic planning, medical, legal, and other professional experience. Joe Biden is our choice for president, and we know he is the right national security leader for North Carolina.

Character is the essential foundation of good leadership. Joe Biden models and matches the integrity and commitment of the nation’s military and broader security community. He has earned our respect and we trust his leadership, especially in difficult times.

The Covid-19 pandemic is one of those times. The current surge in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and positive testing rates makes it North Carolina’s most pressing emergency concern. Health care providers share firsthand the pain of our patients’ families who mourn avoidable deaths. We treat the acutely ill and the chronic sufferers. Our workforce is shrinking. We face relentless mental health challenges — our own and those of our patients — made worse by the ongoing assault on health care options in rural communities and other areas of greatest need. …


By Robert A. Sanders

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I support former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for President and Vice President of the United States of America in the November 2020 election. I believe that Donald J. Trump is the walking, talking definition of Un-American values. I think he and is unfit to be POTUS. My opinion is not based on my Black skin (although it certainly helps), but it is instead rooted in over 40 years supporting the Rule of Law in America and around the globe in a military uniform. Of course, it would be a mistake to say my Blackness does not give me a perspective that many of my non-melanin-infused friends and colleagues cannot fully share or reflect. I live the so-called “race card,” a card connoting instant 3/5thness and an American life without white privilege. If dealt the “card,” you may not like it, but it is a fact from the Preamble’s unfulfilled promise that “All men are created equal.” It did not apply before the Russians helped elect President Trump and may not after, but if it has any chance of being true in the next four-years, Joe Biden must be our President. The race card was at play from the beginning of the republic through the U.S. Constitution’s 3/5 Clause and that “Peculiar Institution”, into Redlined neighborhoods, and Brown versus The Board of Education. You can see it in the murders and unjust aftermaths of Emmitt Till, Trevon Martin, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd; Red Summer 1919; Elaine, AK; Tulsa, OK, and BLM Summer 2020. As such, I will, hell; I must shout BLM from the rooftops, it is neither racist nor Marxist/communist, it is American as Apple Pie! Thirty plus years in a Navy uniform made somethings crystal clear,” I will defend the Constitution against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic”; this includes non-Taxpaying, military deferred, “Putin Puppets” and his family associates. Honestly, I am tired of people running from the racist truth of America and its history. I love my country and recognize its flaws, served to defend my country and ALL its people, but I know American justice and some American citizens do not feel the same way about me BECAUSE of the color of my skin. This conversation is long overdue and getting rid of all the national security threat that Donald J. …


By Maj. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., United States Air Force (retired)

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I am one of nearly 800 national security leaders who have endorsed Joe Biden for president. I will vote for him on November 3rd, and I urge all Floridians to join me.

I have had Florida on my mind quite a bite recently. I have spent more days, weeks, and summers in Florida than I can remember. My mother was born and raised in Clearwater. She moved north and had a family, but after she and my father retired, my parents spent the rest of their lives in Clearwater. We still have many cousins, aunts and uncles spread across Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. …


By Ambassador Judith Cefkin (Retired)

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In recent months, the U.S. Gulf Coast has been pummeled by an unprecedented number of hurricanes, and the West is smoldering from historically severe wildfires. This includes the two largest wildfires ever recorded here in Colorado. The intensity, frequency, and scope of these natural disasters — fueled by warming oceans, soaring temperatures, and extended droughts produced by the heat-trapping impacts of carbon emissions — have exposed the reality that the ugly effects of climate change are literally on top of us.

Around the world the reality is equally grim. My experience serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu (2015–2018), impressed upon me the urgency of the threat. The Pacific Island region is on the front lines of climate change, and the impacts — rising sea levels, coastal erosion, ocean acidification, and increasing strong cyclones (hurricanes) — are omnipresent. To cite just one example of the resulting traumas I witnessed, in February 2016, category-5 Cyclone Winston (the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere) devastated Fiji. The storm razed entire villages, destroyed some 40,000 homes and hundreds of schools, devastated crops and livelihoods, and killed 44 Fijians. Heartbreakingly, this included several children who were literally snatched out of their parents’ arms by storm surge. …


Martha Duncan

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Climate change is battering Florida. Rising sea levels and recurrent flooding threaten our homes, infrastructure, and drinking water resources. As a Floridian, I am concerned we are not doing enough to combat the threat posed by climate change. We need a president who is up to the challenge of confronting climate change and protecting Floridians.

Florida has been described as America’s climate change “ground zero” because most of its population is concentrated in low lying areas along the water, which are constantly threatened by rising seas and recurrent flooding. …

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