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Teresa Horn from Tahlequah Oklahoma died on August 28.  Four days early she tested positive for Covid 19.  Four days before that she was teaching class.  She had taught Special Education for 26 years.  

The Center for Disease Control reported this week a total of 183,000 deaths.  Teresa Horn’s death will add to that number.  Do you care?  Or do you think Donald Trump is right to say “It is what it is”?

On Monday, Donald continued his deception campaign. 

Instead of taking responsibility and protecting lives, he shared a false conspiracy theory about Covid deaths.  Donald is down playing deaths like Teresa Horn’s.

Mrs. Horn had a heart problem.  Millions of Americans have heart, lung or kidney problems.  You might even have one. When the CDC reports deaths, it includes Covid as well as other health issues.  This information helps healthcare professionals identify Americans at risk of dying from Covid 19.

Conservatives are exploiting this transparency for political gain and putting American lives at risks.  

They falsely assert that only 6% of the 183,000 deaths are due to Covid.  They lie, claiming all the other deaths were other causes.

Teresa Horn died because of Covid 19.   It stressed her heart, and she died quickly after contracting the disease.  She did not die because of heart disease.  She had heart disease and lived with it.  Covid killed her.

Why is Donald Trump spreading these lies? 

He wants you to believe that Covid 19 is a Democratic hoax.  At a campaign rally on Feb. 28, 2020, he said “this is their new hoax.”  At every stage of this crisis Donald has put his own political career above American lives.

Donald’s recklessness was on full display during the Republican National convention.  He demanded hundreds of people gather with him in person.  They sat shoulder to shoulder without masks.   What kind of leadership is this? 

Teachers like Teresa Horn face hundreds of kids every day. 

The potential for spreading the virus are high.  Do we really want our teachers, parents and children following the example of Donald Trump?

We all know his professional and private life is a train wreck.  He bankrupted multiple casinos even though the odds were stacked in his favor.  Donald Trump bragged that he raped married women. 

When he ran for office Donald paid a porn-star, Stormy Daniels, to keep quiet.   In August of this year a Federal Judge ordered him to pay her legal fees associated with an invalid Non-Disclosure agreement.

Our teachers and our children deserve better.  Americans deserve a President that will take National Security and public health seriously.  183,000 Americans have died.  Do their lives matter to you?  Donald is just going to play through.

Glenn Melancon

Grayson County Democratic Chair and the SDEC 30 Committee Man

As an “Army Brat” Glenn Melançon [pronounced Mel-LAWN-sawn] learned the value of public service. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on January 24, 1966, and is the youngest of four children. His parents, Yves “Buster” and Anna Mae Melançon, had committed to a career in the US military, Buster as a combat engineer and Anna Mae as a military wife. Their sacrifices and examples provided the foundation for Glenn’s firm belief that serving others can make the world better one day at a time.

Glenn and his wife Jackie moved to Sherman in 1995 after he completed a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He had accepted an appointment to teach history at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Jackie became a special education teacher at Denison ISD. They are proud of their two sons, Christopher and Alexandre. Christopher is following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a combat engineer. Alex attended Sherman High School where he enjoyed soccer and the University of Louisiana–Lafayette. He is now a proud member of the United States Airforce. While Glenn advanced in rank to become a Full Professor in July 2005, he made time to serve the local community. He served as the Cubmaster and Committee Chair for Pack 9, Wakefield Elementary School. He is also a volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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