U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler recently wrote, "I believe elected officials have a responsibility to bring people together, especially during times of crisis. ... The people I represent expect me to find solutions."
Apparently, it's more productive for Herrera Beutler to bring people together to find solutions when she eliminated town halls years ago, where phone town halls are used to pick and choose questions to answer, and votes dozens of times to eliminate healthcare for people with or without pre-existing conditions with no other solutions. Obviously, Herrera Beutler works only for party.
At $174,000 a year for what? Carolyn Long gets my vote.
I am a firm believer in shopping local to help our local economy and that is exactly what we do.
However, as a senior citizen, I would like everyone to be aware that maybe local isn't always best.
We had some issues with our heat pump and with understanding our thermostat.
We asked that our thermostat be replaced with a simple heat, cool, on, off, and up and down thermostat that sells on Amazon for $51.99. We were charged $459 for the exact same thermostat. We were then given a senior discount of $27.54 and a $35 coupon we had off our total bill. Is this price gouging or is it costing our local businesses such a high price that this is what we have to look forward to?
I applaud The Daily News for the many informative articles it has been running about the COVID-19 health and economic crises.
The article about the 1918 flu epidemic (April 6) was particularly alarming. An estimated 675,000 Americans died for a death rate of 2.5%.
As of May 20, nearly 95,000 Americans have died from the virus. A month ago, the number of deaths was 15,000. We are still in the midst of this pandemic and, despite 100 years of scientific progress, we are not following the lessons learned in 1918: respond early, reopen cautiously, tell the truth.
How long are we willing to accept the preventable deaths of 2,500 Americans every day? There are no easy answers, but we do have scientific guidance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was set up in 1946 to control the introduction and spread of infectious diseases. Its budget is $11.1 billion and has 10,900 employees. The CDC has the expertise to help us weather this crisis. We need to base our actions on the advice of experts.
In a recent letter to the editor (The Daily News, May 20, K.D. Slade stated, "We have had pandemics in the past, but they didn't turn into a health and economic crisis because previous presidents sent medical teams to the countries where and when the pandemics started to begin work on treatments before the pandemics hit America."
Really? It started in China. Do you think the communist Chinese would have permitted this? This is a ludicrous assertion. They essentially shut us out. Should we have tried to force our way in? Untenable position to say the least.
Seems hard to miss the point of ESSB 5395 that is obvious from the title of the bill (left out of original letter) — "Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Bill."
This is called a lie of omission. Why are we teaching sex in school when reading, writing and math taught us by Obama's Common Core has knocked the U.S. out of the top tier of competition with other countries of the world? We're no longer at the top. We are more like one quarter down among all the countries of the world. That's what this bill is about, really — pushing the socialist agenda over basic mental skills to our most vulnerable minds.
In February, while President Trump called COVID-19 a hoax, released intelligence reports show Trump was warned Jan. 1.
Trump insisted that 14 Americans exposed to COVID-19 on one of the first cruise ships returning after the outbreak come home instead of waiting two weeks as doctors recommended.
Colorado's governor bought 500 ventilators. Trump had the shipment stopped, took the ventilators and sent 400 of them to Republican governors who weren't as desperate for them.
Trump has done this many times.
New York got needed ventilators from Oregon. Other states also shared ventilators as they showed improvement.
Trump closed the border a month after every country, including America, had stopped traveling.
We have had pandemics in the past, but they didn't turn into a health and economic crisis because previous presidents sent medical teams to the countries where and when the pandemics started to begin work on treatments before the pandemics hit America. They were ready with extra medical supplies and tests at the beginning of the pandemics. And, they accurately traced the people who were exposed and the people who had it.
This time, it's been governors, nurses, doctors and American people who have stepped up.
I am writing today concerning the misuse of power and lack of protection by a lot of landlords in this state.
I have seen and experienced this many times. Landlords give you a nice offer so you move in. Then they change what you get, such as raising rent so high you can't afford to live but can't save to move, not maintaining the property or taking away use of some of the property.
You can take them to court according to legal aid, but this could take up to two years. In the meantime, they can throw you out on a 20-day notice. This would make most of us homeless, something most could not bear. I, for one, have health problems and that would be a death sentence.
Is this what we want for our society, allowing tyrants to take advantage of the less fortunate?
This letter is in response to Stephen Waitkus' letter to the editor (The Daily News, May 6).
I realize the illegal immigrants who are here should try to get citizenship, but if they get benefits from our government, it all goes back to their American landlords, American markets, American gas stations, etc.
So, why is it hurting us, the average citizen?
I was lucky enough to be born here, but if I had not have been and was in terrible circumstances elsewhere, I would have tried my best to get here.
Most of them are doing jobs that spoiled Americans wouldn't do.
While walking into my business last week, I noticed a pop-up petition in the communal parking lot, so I asked what it was about. When she told me it was against the sex education bill, I told her politely I didn't oppose it, and started to walk away. She called out to me and said, "So you think it's O.K. for elementary school girls to be taught how to put a condom on little boys?"
This is categorically untrue. The bill, ESSB 5395, mandates teaching social and emotional development for young children in kindergarten through third grade. Social emotional learning includes self-management, healthy relationship skills, social awareness, self-awareness and responsible decision making.
I don’t mind someone I disagree with creating a petition to show dissent, because that’s democracy. But I do care if they use lies to obtain a signature.
If your cause is worth fighting for, you shouldn’t have to lie in order to win. I hope folks do their research on what is in the bill before falling for lies.
In response to our current crisis, two efforts should be high on our list.
Schools should introduce a comprehensive household financial learning program. The curriculum should include approaches to short term and retirement saving needs. Leaving it to parents has not worked.
The second is Longview (and all cities) should be developing a transportation program that reduces their costs and the cost for residents. A household's second highest expenditure is transportation, meaning their motor vehicle. Fortunately, the majority of commuting can be accomplished without a motor vehicle or in conjunction with it.
Longview’s many wide streets will allow for a streetscape transition where walking and biking is safe and ultimately preferred. Benefits of change will not be easy to see at first, but if we ever needed to do it, now is the time.
The school leaders know how to implement financial education. And city leaders know how to implement an active transportation program. It won’t take technical knowledge and not even much incremental funding. It will take conviction.
I’ve noticed a constant theme among letter writers to The Daily News in opposition to the public health measures enacted by the government in an attempt to minimize the incidence and lethality of COVID-19.
The argument is that the threat is overblown given the observed rates of infection and subsequent mortality. These writers then conclude that the response is overkill and the damage to the economy is disproportionate to the observed risk.
All of this is said without irony, as if the official response to the pandemic’s infliction of infection and lethality were unaffected by the actions taken. This is highly unlikely. Whether we’ve done too much or too little is a matter of legitimate discourse. Unfortunately, the current quality and quantity of our data are insufficient to estimate the true risk and the real trade offs. We are floating in a sea of uncertainty.
International data makes it clear that a pandemic’s impact can be weakened by prompt testing, tracing, isolation and social distancing The timing and scope of these measures are crucial to their effectiveness. The earlier the better. The wider the scope the better. Rapid widespread detection and measurement could lead to a more effective targeting of control measures.
Because of the delays at the federal level in our response, and the poor quality of the data, we’ve had to take drastic measures. These measures have inflicted major economic damage to our society. The path not taken has proved expensive and tragic.
American exceptionalism is not making America great.
It doesn’t matter if you side with Dr. Anthony Fauci or Dr. Judy Mikovits.
The thing to realize is that holding a Ph.D. does not make you smart or infallible. Intelligence and knowledge are not the same. A college degree simply means you have been exposed to a lot of knowledge. Intelligence is the ability to mentally massage that data in order to come up with a solution to an existing problem.
The difficulty of arriving at a useful solution is increased if the knowledge is not broad enough or if it is skewed. Our own understanding is more difficult if the media or technical elites attempt to decide what information we are allowed to see. Distrust of government and the media has grown because of their attempts to restrict access to what they deem not in our best interest.
If a person never witnesses a scam or bogus theory, they are more likely to fall victim to one. Teaching critical thinking has been replaced with indoctrination in our schools and we are suffering the consequences.