I’m at my wit’s end
Have we opened ourselves to trouble? | May 29
After a day of caring for a lovely but very sick COVID-19 patient, I was emotionally crushed driving home when I saw how crowded restaurants have become. I’m at my limit physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’m functioning at a near constant state of anxiety over this pandemic and our lack of consistent safety gear and procedures. We have run out of N95 masks that fit many staff and have already been reusing masks on at least a daily basis. This is just what we are short on now. Next week it may be protective gowns or gloves. Wipes and thermometers are already on back order and we are rationing what we have.
My hospital is doing what they can to keep us and our patients safe. I want you to ask yourself, “How did I help keep my community safe today?” Did you wear your mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others? Did you order take out, pay remotely and use non-contact pick up or delivery? Did you wash your hands regularly?
Yes, this is hard. Yes, this has gotten boring. Yes, I’m absolutely ready for this to be over. But it’s not. The second wave is coming, and it’s coming from nursing and rehabilitation facilities and their staff. These amazing and caring people live in your community, they shop at your stores, they go to your gym, you are married to them.
On the plus side, we have gotten much better at knowing how to treat you. Our success rate is getting better. But this will only be possible if there is a room, enough equipment, appropriate medication and trained staff to take care of you. A large second wave could crush us and people will die because we will not have enough of any one of these things.
Stay safe, keep your distance, wear a mask when you can, minimize your time around people not in your “group.” Let’s keep this second wave from being a devastating tsunami.
Rebecca Day, St. Petersburg
Black lives matter
Local top cops speak out | May 29
I’m begging my fellow whites to stand up for black lives, because they matter. Our silence is our consent to a brutally unjust system where our black citizens are killed, beaten or imprisoned for little to no reason. George Floyd was another victim who begged an officer for his life — for air. His death is on tape. We all need to look in a mirror and ask ourselves: “Does a black life really matter in America?”
Debbie Snowdon, St. Petersburg
A Cabinet position
Minneapolis braces for more violence | May 29
No single solution will resolve centuries of oppression and injustice directed at African Americans, but a Cabinet-level position should be devoted to minorities in America to assure that their interests are always protected and that every action and piece of legislation considers and ameliorates any negative impact while always advancing the positive goals of justice and social, political and economic equality.
Dennis Peskin, New Port Richey
We are fed up
We the people are fed up. Time and time again, we have had to sit and watch people die and not receive justice. We are saying “no more!” It is time the people put in place to help us actually start helping us. Our leaders, including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, were elected to office to represent the people — and it’s time to do exactly that. There needs to be punishment beyond being fired for taking an innocent person’s life. People who look like me should not have to live in fear in their own country. It’s time to take a stand, from the top down.
Nicole Lewis, Tampa
Justice for some not justice
People don’t understand why the flames of passion are burning in American cities. It’s been 155 years since the Civil War, and we still have not fulfilled the hope of equality that so many good men died defending. If we cannot get justice for all our fellow citizens, then we have no justice for any citizens.
Yvonne Neff-Woods, Tarpon Springs
No male Karen?
The ‘Karen’ meme is sexist...and apt | Column, May 28
Robin Abcarian asks why there is no male equivalent to the privileged, angry “Karen.” There is. It’s “bully.” If Ms. Abcarian is asking why we haven’t given this character a proper name, may I propose “Donald”?
Elizabeth Corwin, Tampa
Why is the truth so hard?
The arrest of a CNN news crew in Minneapolis, however brief, was chilling to watch. As police closed in on them, the reporter repeatedly told the police they would move wherever they wanted. Instead of answering them, the police arrested them.
The release of the news crew came quickly, along with an apology, but how long will it take the next time? And will we get to a point where the release and apology won’t come at all?
Reporting the truth has become very scary here in Donald Trump’s America.
Robert Hogue, Apollo Beach
There are other problems
The 2020 legislative session
I’m worried that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stopped paying attention to other problems. I was disappointed that during this year’s legislative session, legal reform was sort of dropped as a topic. Just like a public health crisis can grind things to a stop for an entire state, a lawsuit can grind things to a stop for a small business. Even one baseless lawsuit can cause layoffs or bankruptcy, and that’s just not something any business owner should have to worry about in these times.
Vicki Wheeler, Port Richey