Fatal errors on vaccination priorities
I now see the R.I. Department of Health is changing the plan and vaccinating the most critically affected. About time!
I wonder if the “experts” will admit they were wrong. Finally realizing that vaccinating the most susceptible to death, the elderly, those “dropping like flies,” over the privileged is the right thing to do!
A little too late for many of the elderly who have passed away the past few weeks. To think they may have been saved if they got a vaccine dose ahead of the Care New England board members or its IT workers, who are probably young millennials.
Steven Wojciechowski, West Kingston
We need some maturity in Congress
House and Senate Democrat leaders are establishing dangerous precedents. Four hours of dry-cleaning-style impeachments, no defense allowed, will return to bite them. They are ignoring laws and the Constitution.
Their lead in the House is slim, and in the Senate it is basically even. Midterms usually change toward the party out of power. So Republicans could shortly regain control of both houses. First order of business: first four hours, impeach Biden (Article 25), followed by a quick Senate impeachment. Rinse and repeat, do the same for Harris.
Both should not take more than a month. Next, they could impeach both a second time, even though they are out of office, just to be sure they cannot run again.
All now normal and accepted process.
Cannot happen? If you believe that, you are a Democrat with no sense of the anger on the Republican side. If this is the future that our country wants, go forward with impeachment, realizing elections have consequences.
Biagio Trofa, North Providence
Another look at global warming
I am one of those who believes that periods of global warming (and cooling) are a manifestation of changes in our vast solar system — and that for mere mortals to think they can alter this is presumptuous at best. I know that we are ridiculed as fact deniers, but actually we have historical facts to support our view.
Lasting from ca. 950 to ca 1250, the Medieval Warm Period/Medieval Climate Optimum was a period of warming with melting polar ice caps — but also longer growing seasons in more areas of the world, and increased exploration (such as that of the Vikings to Newfoundland). In any case, it was certainly a more pleasant time than “The Little Ice Age” that followed it.
Why it is important to bear this in mind is so draconian programs like the Green New Deal — that causes hardship disproportionately to the disadvantaged — are not overdone.
Karl F. Stephens, Barrington
R.I. Guard does an excellent job
In this time of negativity in this country, I’d like to speak to something positive.
I am a nurse and was given the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccine at the Sockanosset Cross Road site. It is being run by our National Guard. I consider Rhode Island to be very fortunate to have the vaccine distributed in a thoughtful, well-planned way.
The clinic was set up beautifully, efficiently. The Guard were professional, respectful, and truly should be a source of pride in our state. They have also run many of the testing sites and are an exemplary example of how a logistical nightmare becomes “smooth sailing.”
Thanks to all of them and for the governor for calling on this valuable resource. They all deserve a pay raise for their service during the pandemic!
Mary Kilmartin, West Warwick
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