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Editorials

Without involved parents, many students cannot succeed

An early step most states took in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had in ...

New York Legislature should continue session remotely

The Auburn Citizen April 16 Adjusting to a new way of working during this time of social distancing should also apply to the New York state Legislature. The legislative session in Albany came to an abrupt halt in March as the widespread effects of the coronavirus pandemic became more ...

Safeguarding the elderly is an imperative

By Sunday, more than 2,600 of the Americans killed by COVID-19 had been residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. The coronavirus first attracted wide attention when it began ravaging a nursing home in Washington. There, 43 residents and staff had succumbed to the ...

At some point, more will be known about COVID-19 antibody tests

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often defeat certain ...

U.S. didn’t do enough to prepare for new diseases

COVID-19 is focusing attention on another epidemic in the United States. It is the national debt, now at approximately $24.3 trillion. To that, of course, will have to be added the at least $2 trillion in federal funding to save the economy from being another victim of the virus. Think about ...

Bureaucratic red tape remains in effect

It is an indication of how devastating the COVID-19 epidemic has been to America’s economy that a $2 trillion relief bill was not enough. Without more, some segments of the economy may suffer permanent damage. Included in the CARES Act relief measure is a $350 billion “paycheck ...

A mountain of information is needed for this new war

Every scrap of information we can get will help humankind go on the offensive against COVID-19. Scientists have in common with police detectives that they understand even the most insignificant appearing fact may prove to be crucial in solving a case. One statistic that already is showing ...

Congress needs to correct flaws in CARES Act

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

Federal officials should set up mechanism for state-to-state resource sharing

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

Don’t expose health care workers to unnecessary hazards

We can all be grateful that the COVID-19 epidemic in our region is not as bad as in some parts of the country. Almost undoubtedly, our situation will grow worse, however. If it does, our reliance on health care professionals will increase. So, while we all should be doing everything in our ...

Realistic federal stockpile needs to be set up

Nearly 6,000 of the protective masks sent to Alabama from the federal stockpile of medical supplies were supposed to have been thrown away a decade ago. Materials in them had sustained dry rot and were unusable, according to The Associated Press. Meanwhile, more than 150 ventilators sent to ...

We simply must continue fighting back

This week will be a brutal one for Americans. As President Donald Trump put it during the weekend, “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.” By Sunday, 312,481 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 8,500 had succumbed to the disease. As Trump and members of his ...

School is not out for the summer

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

Fight back against COVID-19

Most of us have had to be on the defensive against COVID-19. We practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, etc., to defend ourselves and our loved ones against the coronavirus. Wouldn’t it be nice to go on the offensive — to save someone’s life? We can. Every day, throughout ...

Investing in U.S. business remains a good bet for the long term

On Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange stood at 29,551 points. By last Friday, it had plunged to 21,636. Though the DJIA is just one measure of the value of securities worldwide, it is one seen widely as a guide to performance of the markets in general. ...

We simply can’t afford to spend money we don’t have

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Drastic measures were not taken soon enough

Elderly people with underlying medical conditions are most at risk of dying from COVID-19. They also are the men and women most likely to be residents of nursing homes. Experience during the past couple of weeks has demonstrated that outbreaks in nursing homes can serve as beach heads for the ...

A matter of life and death

It is difficult if not impossible to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes — for non-payment of utility ...

With any luck, COVID-19 outbreak will soon be history

It is estimated that 24,000 Americans have been killed by the viruses, thus far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At its peak, the illness was claiming about 500 lives a week. Though the outbreak is trailing off, it may kill another 300 or more people ...

Caution needs to be the watchword

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any other ...