Moran wrong to blame activists for ICE detainee dilemma

Moran wrong to blame activists for ICE detainee dilemma. Murphy and his commissioner of public health, Judith Persichilli, should have known the steps necessary to protect seniors, but failed to implement or enforce them. Seniors and staff were not totally quarantined, and the coronavirus was allowed to spread unchecked through care facilities.

Early data from China demonstrated that coronavirus was particularly fatal for the elderly. It was known that epidemics routinely afflict the elderly in care facilities, and that staff members bring in disease and then spread it from patient to patient. All of this is should be taught at schools of public health, and should have been well known by Persichilli, with her nursing background.

Clearly, the way to reduce spread is total isolation, preventing the staff from bringing in the virus and spreading it. This would have required the staff to live at the facility and be isolated with patients. This kind of quarantine was implemented at a facility in Bristol, Connecticut, and was effective.

Unfortunately, this policy was not widespread. The result was that a majority of COVID-19 deaths in 2020 were seniors who contracted it at care facilities in such states as New Jersey. A pandemic consists of many smaller epidemics: Control these epidemics and the pandemic is also controlled.

The coronavirus exposed failure of public health in New Jersey. Have our schools and commissioners of public health failed us?

A. Michael Noll, Stirling

A better tool to fight white supremacists

Regarding the July 11 column by Solomon Jones, “More white people must stand up to white supremacists’ hate,” originally from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

While the sentiment is good, Jones fails to provide us with any tools to combat hate other than to state that we should talk to our family, friends and acquaintances about their hate when we encounter it.

The difficulty with such a tactic is the confrontational tension that so many of us wish to avoid, particularly with family members. We would rather look the other way because having the relationship is more important to us than trying to change the minds of people whom we are ill-equipped to change.

What is the answer, then? I suggest that more white people support organizations that either provide education on racial inequality like the Equal Justice Initiative, or assist with educational costs of African Americans like the United Negro College Fund.

Rather than feeling helpless that white supremacy is a problem too big for any one of us, we can, through our donations, at least start to chip away at the problem.

Kirk Bonamici, Monroe Township

Scouting needed more than ever

There is a decline nationally in the number of youth joining Scouts BSA, formerly Boy Scouts of America. Scouts has become more inclusive by adding girls to its roster. Despite making needed changes to its programs, there are still fewer people interested. However, there is a need for scouting more than ever.

Unfortunately, during COVID-19, many scouting activities could not occur, as face-to-face socialization is an important part of the scouting experience. Activities are beginning to occur again. I am going to summer camp and am looking forward to reconnecting with my scouting friends.

There are many benefits to scouting. It teaches self-reliance, appreciation for nature, hard work and teamwork. I am a Tenderfoot and working hard on requirements for my Second-Class rank. My brother is an Eagle Scout, and I hope to be one, too.

Scouting provides a number of activities that are electronics-free. Youth have too much screen time, which only increased during the pandemic. There is a real need to get kids outside and reconnected. Join Scouts today.

Alex Apgar, Troop 288, Annandale

One tax rate does it best

There should be one tax code for everyone. If they wanted to, they could collect a tax of 10% to 20% of earnings. Then, every single person and company would pay exactly that amount.

It would make things a lot simpler and more fair.

We have at least 55 major corporations that paid no federal income taxes on their 2020 profits. If their headquarters isn’t here, then I consider them a foreign company, and their taxes on U.S. income should be collected in the form of tariffs.

Diane Jones, Hillsborough

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