Judith “JJ” Anderson, San Juan Capistrano

As another supporter of forward action based on the lessons we are learning from this current pandemic, working on solutions with other global leaders in cleaner energy standards as climate crisis-aware citizens is unquestionable. A third potentially catastrophic event we as Americans also face, in regard to Ms. Clark’s opening sentence of the two major ones being climate and COVID-19, is our upcoming election within a DIS-UNITED STATES. During such historical times, we need science-based leadership, tracking, and testing without delay or distraction.

Habitual partisan posturing and gaslighting hurts us all. I prefer to hear the epidemiologists, scientists, biologists, and health care professionals be handed the podium with their insights and facts, rather than a President who points to his head with an index finger as a gesture of “I know it all.” Deceptively, while using the State of the Union address earlier this year to announce our joining the One Trillion Tree Project, he made no mention of climate change or crisis. Instead, he is reversing environmental rules and regulations. Many of these laws took years, even decades, to accomplish. According to the New York Times’ Climate Forward newsletter published on May 13, staff has tracked 64 rollbacks at last count, with 34 more in the queue. An insightful quote is from a previous President about action, intention, and doing the right thing for our climate, pandemic, and political standoff: “If the world’s gonna get better, it’s gonna be up to you.”  

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  • I couldn’t agree more with Ms. Judith Anderson’s May 22 letter to the editor in comment on Ms Clark’s letter of May 8. I should disclose here that Ms. Clark and I have been good friends since 1984. We have worked together on many issues of importance to us over the years.

    As a retired respiratory therapist, I know what SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can do to the human body. As soon as I heard in the news and read the first journal articles about the virus, I knew we were going to be in for a very tough time. Having read Laurie Garrett’s book, “The Coming Plague,” and dealing with acute and critical illness in patients during my career, I know that corona viruses can be deadly.

    The President’s lackluster response early on cost many Americans their lives. This retreat from science to apathy and complacency by the President and his minions has harmed this country. We need effective leadership, not so-called leadership by gut reaction or finger pointing.

    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is an American hero in my eyes. His steady, knowledgeable leadership at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 has brought us many advances in how we treat viruses like SARS-CoV-2.

    On the matter of Global Climate Change, I am utterly shocked and dismayed by the President’s complete unwillingness to even acknowledge the crisis we face as a nation. If the reader of this comment thinks, even for a millisecond, that burying our collective heads in the sand about what will be in store for us in 30 to 50 years will make it go away, just think of what hoping this virus would go away did to us in February and March. It exploded in the population, and has caused the largest death toll of any nation on this earth.

    The corona virus pandemic should be teaching us a lesson about global climate change. Once we reach a “tipping point,” no effect we may muster will be enough to stop the result of our previous inaction. That means you have to put your very best effort forward from the start, or you will be attempting to play “catch up” for the remainder of the time the virus is continuing to spread. You will never win over it.

    For this virus, testing and isolation of symptomatic individuals, along with meticulous contact tracing, is the course of action we need to take before attempting to “re-open” the country. If we do not do this, we will pay a very high price for not doing so come this fall and winter.

    For Global Climate Change, we must now,plan for and respond to what the science is telling us we must do to save our planet. Ignoring the warnings may well prove to be our demise.

  • If you want to hear other views reach out to those that share your views. Clearly you have opinions and seem to want all to agree with them. Your opinion piece definitely seems a bit self-righteous.

    • No one is stopping people from commenting. All comments are welcome, even when the commenter chooses to post insulting comments that add nothing to the discussion.

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