A Genuine Mash Note

To the Editor: Thank you for continuing to publish during this time made even crazier by the coronavirus. Thank you, too, for your generous offer to extend my subscription until you go back to print, but please keep my renewal date the same (November.) Yes, I love the feel of freshly printed cellulose between my fingers, but if I’ve gotten it, even in digital form, you don’t owe me. Please take the small amount that my subscription represents and use it to keep the commentary rolling. Stay well, Nan Graves Cape Neddick, Maine Nan: Aww…. The Editor

Criticism is Patriotic

To the Editor: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine. I sense that the American public has not been so challenged and stressed since the days of World War II. Covid-19 was an act of nature. It has been made worse by the actions and decisions of President Donald Trump. The following quotations are taken from the Washington Post (March 20, 2020): “U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the …

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Naming and Framing

To the Editor: Please consider using and promoting the use of the phrase “physical distancing” instead of the somewhat misleading “social distancing.” “Social distancing” is one of the steps everyone has been and is being advised to take to slow the spread of the corona virus. What the experts actually want us to do is practice “physical distancing.” As you may know, the SARS COV2 virus (technical name for it) is transmitted through physical contact and proximity—touching the eyes, lips, or nose with something contaminated with the virus, like your dirty fingers, or inhaling droplets from a sneeze or the exhalation of someone who has …

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Let Us Put Aside Differences

To the Editor: It was heartening to read in the New York Times that scientists around the world are collaborating to combat the coronavirus. They have put aside all other work to simultaneously focus on the pandemic and are sharing information across borders on all forms of coronavirus research, including viral genome sequencing, vaccine testing, clinical trials, and medical treatment. Dr. Francesco Perrone of Italy said, “I never hear scientists—true scientists—speak in terms of nationality.” Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpanah of France describes the spirit which unites them,”What is important is to come up with a solution for everyone. The way to achieve that is to collaborate.” …

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Lt. Dan Checks In With a War Story

To the Editor: When I was a brand new 2d Lieutenant in an engineer unit in Korea, I once told my platoon how we were going to build a bridge. As I was walking away my platoon sergeant said to the troops “What the Lieutenant meant to say was….” Of course, being a new Lieutenant, I took umbrage and went back to set the troops straight. We built the bridge my way. Three months later, the bridge washed out just as Sgt. Gould had said it would. This embarrassing but life-altering lesson was brought to mind when I listened to our Glorious Leader expound on …

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The Karma of Justice

Dear Editor: Preventive steps were needed back in January, like ramping up the production of testing equipment, masks, ventilators, and hospital capacity. President I-knew-it-was-a-pandemic-long-ago did nothing! Actually, he did something: he minimized and denied the problem. The growing numbers of virus cases and deaths is alarming, and enraging, considering that much of the damage and death was preventable, if the Corona Criminal had followed the recommendations of our own government’s health professionals. With the projection of more than 100,000 deaths from the Trump virus, the President qualifies as a mass murderer. Let’s hope the Karma of Justice is swift and thorough. Bruce Joffe Piedmont, Calif.