Financial losses can be
overcome, but not death
In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, “... no one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in and that doesn’t make me noble or brave or anything like that.”
Maybe it's just me but after this COVID-19 event is over, in time I can regain most of my financial losses. But it's going to be really difficult to come back from being dead. How selfish and greedy one must be to be so short-sighted.
Lots of people, however agonizing, have survived bankruptcy. I have yet to meet the person who survived death.
Delwin Goss, Austin
could cost more lives
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, your comments about taking a chance on surviving COVID-19 for the good of the country are misleading and may cost more lives.
Your message is shaming the elderly by telling them that if they aren’t willing to die from this virus then they are not patriotic, they don't care about future generations and they do not matter.
Have you lost hope in our country?
It is not the almighty dollar that is important, it is each other, including the weak and elderly. Our country will be as strong as ever if we continue to believe in the people.
We don't have to sacrifice our elderly, our family and friends. This is an opportunity to show who we are. Don't give in, let us defeat the virus and help each other to live through it. Let's work together for the benefit of all, including the elderly.
Carol Smith, Gatesville
Honest introspection is
what nation needs now
Ignoring sound advice from several reliable government sources, his “hoax” mutated. An over-his head narcissistic, incompetent president failed to act responsibly months before our backs were against a pandemic’s wall.
If America’s truly “exceptional," where’s testing, masks and ventilators, among critical medical supplies? Where’s a national coordinated preparedness of the countries isolating the virus? An inadequate for-profit healthcare system isn’t able to stem a Grim Reaper’s bountiful human harvest.
That isn’t a matter of not pulling together or finger-pointing at those creating or compounding present difficulties.
Honest introspection is good for the nation’s and individual souls. Continuing to remember how and why key public and private institutions failed us, we'll be a more compassionate, socially responsible nation than the one living a coronavirus nightmare.
Barry Zavah, Alpine
Cuomo a case study
in good leadership
I hope President Donald Trump has been watching and learning from Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York concerning the governor's recent news conferences he has held regarding the coronavirus crisis.
Cuomo is precise, concise, clear, confident and composed. No use of self-serving adjectives or self-praising rhetoric, no attempts to blame others. He is a good example of “the buck stops here" with respect to his authority in the state of New York.
Trump should pay attention to Cuomo if he wants to take pointers on what it takes to be a good leader that the public can trust. Obviously, the governor is well prepared and answers questions directly and to the point without political overtones in his message.
Nicolas Palacios, Austin
How to flatten the curve
and preserve our elections
In light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S., there is growing concern about the November election. Why not use technology alongside current voting options?
The 2020 census is online. Electronic authentication could be used to protect against fraud.
A combination of online voting, absentee/mail-in voting, and in-person (both early and election day) voting could “flatten the curve” at the polls and preserve our elections.
Mike Field, Austin