Leaders usually are not modeling nicely
Tuesday’s newspaper included a front-page photograph of Rep. Kay Granger at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. (“Granger: Fort Worth base will be home to F-35 fighters”) In the image, she is with two navy personnel who’re carrying facemasks, however she shouldn’t be. President Joe Biden signed an govt order requiring anybody on federal property or in federal buildings to put on a masks. Why was Granger allowed to not achieve this?
Biden was proven with out a masks on tv throughout the inauguration celebration the evening of Jan. 20 on the Lincoln Memorial. He has since been seen in different federal buildings with out one. Biden has stated we must always lead not by exhibiting examples of our energy however the energy of our instance.
He and Granger are exhibiting the rule is “Do as I say but not as I do.”
– George O’Bar, Flower Mound
Other conclusions on Medicaid
The Jan. 24 visitor column about the price of Texas Medicaid growth manipulated knowledge to argue towards it, combining federal and state funding whereas describing solely state funds spending. (5B, “Expanding Medicaid will save Texas money? That’s not what other states have seen”)
Numerous research, together with a latest one from Texas 2036, exhibit that increasing Medicaid wouldn’t considerably enhance prices for Texas. Analyses by the Episcopal Health Foundation additionally discover that Medicaid growth would save Texas cash and enhance the funding Texas receives from the federal authorities.
Texas already has the highest price of uninsured residents as a result of state coverage fails to supply well being take care of low-wage Texans whose employers don’t present insurance coverage. Since the pandemic started, even extra Texans have misplaced protection.
Now is the time to assist our fellow Texans. We can not afford to go away Texans with out well being care due to political divides and false claims.
– Patrick Bresette, Austin
The author is govt director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.
Abbott wanting again on vitality
Gov. Greg Abbott is railing towards the Biden administration’s clear vitality plan and continues to again Big Oil together with his govt order to guard towards federal overreach. Texas is No. 1 in wind energy, a rising star in solar energy and the brand new home of Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas. It seems that the state is trending away from oil. Why is Abbott living up to now?
– J.W. Sullivan, Arlington
Fort Worth, look to the east
Tarrant County is now surpassing a considerably extra populous Dallas within the price of latest coronavirus instances and the variety of deaths.
Dallas’ management acknowledged the seriousness of the illness early and adopted the science on prevention, steadily making public service bulletins to put on masks and distance. It enforced ordinances rather more stringently.
Democratic management in Dallas is saving lives. Republican management in Tarrant fails to implement masking and distancing and encourages massive gatherings.
– C.L. Clark, Fort Worth
Learn from Europe’s colleges
I’ve realized one essential lesson about COVID-19: Our data about it adjustments every day. When opinion writers cite “definitive evidence” from scientific sources which are weeks or months outdated, we have to be cautious. Such is the case with the adamant name to ship all youngsters again to high school.
Europe was held up as a mannequin for colleges opening safely, however within the grip of fast unfold and mutation of the virus, international locations there are actually closing colleges. They have discovered that colleges are mirroring neighborhood traits of an infection.
We all know the way essential faculty is. Unfortunately, curbing the virus should occur first.
– Beth Llewellyn McLaughlin, Fort Worth
In and out and acquired my shot
I need to commend the Arlington Fire Department and the Arlington Police Department for the well-organized vaccination setup on the Arlington Convention Center. I went for my second shot Jan. 25 and was out and in in lower than 30 minutes.
This was fairly a distinction from my first shot on the conference heart Dec. 30. Many different seniors and I stood outdoors within the chilly, windy and damp climate for an hour and a half. Once inside, I needed to stand in two different strains for one more 30 minutes.
So, thanks, firefighters and law enforcement officials, for the much-improved setup.
– Jannette Workman, Arlington