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EDITORIAL: Biden In — Trump, COVID-19 Out

Three hundred and six is a lucky number, no matter how one looks at it. For President Donald Trump, it was the number of electoral votes he received in 2016 to become the 45th president of the U.S. Though Trump did not receive the majority of the popular vote, the Electoral College’s 306 votes counted the most toward taking Trump over the top … literally.

This week, President-elect Joe Biden sealed his bid for the presidency when, once again, the Electoral College delivered 306 votes to him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, affirming the popular vote and paving the way to the presidency in January 2021. Back then, Trump called the 306 electoral votes an “overwhelming victory;” today he is overwhelming the American electorate with lawsuits and false claims of a fraudulent election. We believe 306 speaks for itself.

And so, with Trump out and Biden in, the nation is now celebrating, though cautiously, a shot of hope crossing America and into the arms of frontline workers who are the fearless fighters against and sometimes the victims of COVID-19. The U.S. is among the world’s nations leading in infections and deaths with over 16 million infections and nearly 300,000 deaths due to the worst pandemic this country and the world has seen. Shutdowns and shut-ins are weighing heavily on everyone while frustration is growing rampant with ceaseless warnings to exercise social distancing and mask-wearing.

The storyline, so far, is a positive one with a growing group of health professionals leading the way in a military-style roll-out of vaccines that most Americans will have access to in 2021. We cannot stress enough for everyone to watch, read and listen to the information that just may save your life or the life of a loved one.

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