Coronavirus and Trump: Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor in response to Elle Feldman’s letter in the March 26 issue of the Palisadian-Post

By PPDC board member Steve Cron

Dear Ms. Feldman,

I agree that we’re all facing an ominous enemy in the Coronavirus, and that we all need to stand together and find our common ground. If you had ended your letter to the editor after the first few paragraphs, I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you. But, you had to politicize your call for community action by praising Donald Trump’s leadership, and therefore, once again, I feel compelled to respond.

You say that Trump “is leading the charge.” If leading the charge means ignoring all scientific input from January until last week, then you’re right. Instead of heeding the call from public health officials for equipment and medical preparation at the early stages of this pandemic, Trump “led” us by doing nothing for two months, other than claiming that those who raised concerns about his cuts to emergency preparedness were perpetrating a hoax.

In early January, when real American leaders were calling for the federal government to produce new medical and safety equipment, Trump praised his

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Rep. Lieu's statment on COVID-19 CARES Act



Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

"We are living through truly challenging times. COVID-19 is a grave threat to our nation. The United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world...."

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L.A. Progressive: The World Takes a Timeout

By PPDC board member Ted Vaill

Most Americans have not experienced what all of us are experiencing now. Almost all public events have been suspended or cancelled, schools are shut down, and people are working from home and not their offices. Elderly people with preexisting health problems are most at risk, and children the least, so Gramma cannot come over to babysit. There is a worldwide timeout going on.

Those of us old enough to be alive during World War II or the Korean or Vietnam Wars have experienced something like this. Young men were going off into battles raging in Germany, Okinawa, Korea or Vietnam, not sure if they were going to come home to their families.

There will be no March Madness to distract us, or a concert or play that we absolutely cannot miss. We are stuck at home, wondering what to do.

During the early days of the Vietnam War, I was a Navy lawyer stationed at Camp Pendleton and I went out to an advanced Marine Corps base and wrote wills for 50 or so Marines about to head into combat in Vietnam. I believe that perhaps half of those wills were probated within the next year or so. Many of those young Marines knew that there was a fairly good chance that they would not come home alive or in one piece.

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PPDC joins admonition of DA Jackie Lacey in advance of March 3 elections


The same night the PaliDems board made its election endorsements, it also approved the issuance of a statement of admonition against L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey's office, signed jointly by members of the Stonewall Democratic Club and PPDC.

Read the statement here, and our March 3 endorsements here. (For DA, PPDC is endorsing Lacey opponent George Gascón in the primary.)

L.A. Progressive: Mueller Report


Ted Vaill and Lance Simmens (VPs of the Malibu Democratic Club; Ted is also on the PaliDems board) hosted “The Mueller Report and What You Can Do About It,” a salon discussion, on April 27.

Ted is a lawyer who read the full (redacted) Mueller report. Missed the discussion? Follow the threads in Ted's most recent article for the L.A. Progressive:

Truman Award '18: Congratulations Janet Turner!




Congratulations Janet Turner, PPDC's 2018 Truman Awards recipient

for outstanding service on behalf of all PaliDems!


Response to Pali Post letter from a Republican deriding Dems

The following letter to the editor was printed in the Palisadian-Post on July 19, 2018.

It was written in response to a letter published the previous week under the headline "Tell Me in Your Words." That letter began, "Many Americans are witnessing a hysterical and unprincipled 'left.'"

Author Steve Cron is a longtime PaliDems board member who is a criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Cron, Israels & Stark as well as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School.





Here's the full version of Steve's letter, which the Post edited for space:

Dear Ms. Feldman,

You raised numerous issues in your letter to the editor, and asked for answers in our own words. Here are my answers, and a few questions for you:

Your main complaint is that those of us on the “left” don’t say anything positive about Donald Trump. That is the only statement in your letter with which I agree, because I can’t think of anything good to say about him. Not only do I dislike his policies and find them destructive for our nation, I dislike him as a person because he lacks the integrity we have always expected from our leaders—he has proven to be a liar, a bully, and a cheat, and he has a long history of abusing women. He’s certainly not someone whom I view as a role model for our children, our grandchildren, or our nation. Do you?

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July newsletter

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In memory of Murray Fromson


The PaliDems would like to extend our deepest condolences to board member Dodi Fromson on the recent passing of her husband, award-winning correspondent/reporter/professor Murray Fromson.

Read about Professor Fromson's many accompishments:

From the USC/Annenberg website:

Murray Fromson was an Associated Press and CBS News Correspondent and Producer who covered both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the former Soviet Union, two U.S. presidential campaigns, the civil rights movement in the southern United States as well as major stories in the Midwest.

During a 35-year career in journalism, he also reported from Tokyo, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, New Delhi, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Moscow, Bangkok, Saigon and Hong Kong. He and his CBS colleagues were awarded two Overseas Press Club awards for their reporting on the fall of Saigon in 1975.

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What Can I Do?

The PPDC is proud to be an active participant in the resistance against Republican policies in the era of Trump. It is easy to get disheartened when there is so much chaos around us. The good news is that participating in one of the volunteer opportunities available these days may lead to increased happiness and fulfillment.

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