EDITORIAL: We need leadership to defeat Covid, defy the politics of fear and anger

The remembrances of Sept. 11, 2001, over the weekend sit in contrast to how Malheur County is enduring the pandemic.

Former President George W. Bush prompts the comparison. He spoke in Pennsylvania, where hijacked Flight 93 crashed into a field instead of the U.S. Capitol. He honored those aboard that jetliner who acted selflessly, rising to serve a greater cause then themselves.

“We learned that bravery is more common than imagined,” Bush said.

But he also noted today’s social environment. As do so many of us, he sees the deep divides. He is worth quoting again:

“Malign force seems at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument, and every argument into a clash of cultures. So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment. That leaves . . .