Biden? Trump? What kind of choice is that for the American people?

Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off during the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 22, 2020.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off during the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 22, 2020.
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Voters likely to face two unworthy choices

We need to do better.

On Sept. 20, the Herald-Tribune published a letter, “Biden a little older but not bizarro,” making the case that Donald Trump is unfit for the White House.

The letter also cited concern about President Joe Biden’s suitability, admitting, “Yes, Biden is an old man, but he’s in decent physical shape and he’s not a threat to democracy.” Wow. That’s a ringing endorsement.

Here, for me, is the real issue: As things stand now, in the 2024 presidential election, the two major parties would have voters choose between two unworthy misfits.

One, as the letter’s author noted, is an “… immature, erratic … 77-year-old serial liar.”  I won’t dispute that.

But the author failed to note that the other, Biden, is, in my opinion, a vacuous, often-disoriented, 80-year-old serial-lying career politician with a lifelong record of mediocrity, at best.

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Only the president’s most ardent and out-of-touch sycophants would dispute that.

There are about 150 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to be president. If the "Biden or Trump" choice is the best that the two major parties can offer from such a huge pool of possibilities, the future of our country is in serious jeopardy. We need to do better.

Tim Rocklein, Sarasota

Arroyo right to go after attorney

Kudos to City Commissioner Erik Arroyo for calling out bad behavior by attorney Ashley Gaillard of the Bentley Goodrich Kison law firm.

We remember that this is the same law firm that was caught up in trying to redraw the Sarasota County Commission maps not too long ago with their “corncob pipe” map that drew our Black community out of a recent county commission race on behalf of who knows who.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the firm’s name pop up in the School Board’s redistricting efforts.

Richard Malgran, Esq., Sarasota

Cronyism thrives in DeSantis’ Florida

As illustrated by Frank Cerabino’s column Sept. 20 on the illegal conflict of interest of Florida's ethics chair – and many other articles in the Herald-Tribune over the last two years – one thing is clear:

Florida is now the state “where cronyism comes to thrive.”

Cheryl L. Randall, Venice

Learn the difference between debt, deficit

In her Sept. 21 column, Ingrid Jacques made some good points about our sky-high national debt of $33 trillion.

Jacques also mentioned that under President Joe Biden, the deficit has doubled to $2 trillion, despite him claiming that he lowered the deficit.

Jacques is clearly mixed up about the terms “national debt” and “national deficit.”

Here are the differences:The national debt is a cumulative financial amount. Under just four years of Donald Trump's presidency, the national debt grew a historic $8 trillion, mainly due to his (corporate) tax cuts.

It was the third biggest increase ever after former presidents George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln, but they had the extra burden of fighting civil and overseas wars.The national deficit occurs when the federal government's spending exceeds its revenues. Trump, Barack Obama and Bush had the biggest budget deficits in U.S. history.

Trump's deficit topped $3.1 trillion in 2020. It declined to $1.4 trillion in 2022 under Joe Biden's administration and this year might be even better. However, fairness requires me to say that a large part of the 2020 deficit was due to fighting COVID-19 with bipartisan support.

Willem van Osnabrugge, Sarasota

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Biden-Trump in 2024 won't be deja vu. It will be 'deja ew.'