Editorial: Despite some temporary shortages, COVID-19 panic consumption will end
People who live in New York City need never carry an umbrella. At the first sign of a cloud burst, nearly every corner has a ramshackle opportunist selling chintzy parasols for five or 10 bucks apiece.Supply magically meets demand. Instantly and without orchestration. It’s a microcosm of the way the U.S. economy usually works. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” rarely fumbles.Needless to say, these aren’t normal times, as some supermarkets are emptied of toilet paper, rice, flour and other staples. Nevertheless, pandemic panic consumption shortly will be a distant memory. The recent grocery cart fr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Florida calls it an 'unemployment website.' Jobless Floridians call it a hot mess. Fix it!
Florida’s miserly unemployment compensation benefits, served up on a website that doesn’t work, has been a huge boil on our body politic for far too long. The coronavirus has at last made it impossible to ignore.For the poorly compensated people who perform the myriad mundane chores that make life possible for so many of the rest of us, the damage inflicted by the coronavirus cataclysm is — literally — incalculable.We can’t calculate the exact numbers of workers affected thanks to the absurdly named Department of Economic Opportunity and its absurdly named website, CONNECT. Tens of thousands o...
John M. Crisp: Grant me one final deathbed wish
Back when I taught English courses to college freshmen, occasionally our class discussions would veer toward some of the dangerous challenges that face our globe, such as climate change and nuclear holocaust. These catastrophes were merely hypothetical to my young students, and in some respects they were to me, as well.Nevertheless, as I considered the potential for disaster that haunted their future lives, I sometimes reflected on how fortunate I was to be much closer to the end of my life than to its beginning.Now we’re facing a catastrophe that is anything but hypothetical. If the coronavir...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: COVID-19 to climate change, Trump doubles down on crises
While we’re in the middle of one existential crisis, President Donald Trump last week exacerbated another.Someday, we’ll put COVID-19, and the suffering it caused our nation and the world, in the past. We will once again comfortably venture from our homes, the global economy will start humming and life will return to normal.Unfortunately, that will include revving back up the greenhouse-gas-emissions engine and resuming the dangerous pace of global warming that is now momentarily slowed by the world’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.Making matters worse, the Trump administration last week...
The Mercury News
Editorial: It's time for the networks to stop live broadcast of Trump's briefings
The president’s daily Coronavirus Task Force presentations have morphed into a beast that bears no resemblance to the informative crisis briefings they were originally intended to be. Once managed by a composed and eloquent Vice President Mike Pence, they are now the vehicle for the uninterrupted rambling and factually suspect musings of President Donald Trump. Whenever other officials speak, as if by command, their first-spoken words typically are in praise of Trump’s decisive, bold, courageous leadership. If the crisis weren’t so serious, the scene would be comedy material.It’s time for the ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Editorial: With coronavirus in Sacramento churches, pastors who continue to risk lives deserve jail
Scientific research suggests that prayer has the power to calm the mind, increase resistance to temptation and make people happier.One thing prayer can’t do, however, is stop the coronavirus. So far, two members of one Sacramento church have died from COVID-19. Four other members of the church are infected. It’s important to note that these infections took place before Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials issued stay-in-place orders on March 19.In Sacramento County, 71 members of the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church near Rancho Cordova have tested positive for the coronavirus. One person has ...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends deadly mixed messages on coronavirus
Gov. Ron DeSantis made a deadly gamble in delaying a statewide stay-at-home order for weeks, a decision that could cause many more Floridians to die of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The governor finally imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, which took effect on Thursday at midnight, after talking to President Donald Trump. But he also overrode more-restrictive orders imposed by many cities and counties, including those in South Florida’s hotspot.DeSantis’s ninth-inning orders are another example of how Florida’s governor is leading from behind on the pandemic, trailin...
Martin Schram: A combative case of brotherly love
The TV news screen was wall-to-wall with Cuomos Monday night. CNN anchor Chris was in the left box, where he belonged, because this was his “Cuomo Prime Time” show. New York Gov. Andrew was in the guest’s box on the right. The Cuomo brothers were busy giving each other the business, New York Italian style. Which is to say, Cuomo style.And my mind’s eye began focusing on two other guys we couldn’t really see — Lava Libretti and Connie Cutts. I was sure they were watching and beaming too. You don’t remember them?Lava Libretti, a young 6-footer, played on the New York area’s Catholic league baske...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Oversight is needed on bailout bill
An unprecedented effort by the federal government to shield Americans from the worst economic blows of the global pandemic was hailed as a bipartisan triumph when it passed Congress nearly unanimously. That’s why it’s all the more disappointing that one of the few safeguards built into the $2.2 trillion rescue bill — oversight of a $500 billion fund meant to help industries and businesses — is being rejected by President Donald Trump.It’s regrettable, but not surprising. Trump operates the presidency with a strong authoritarian streak. His administration shows little concern for transparency. ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Be wary of coronavirus-related scams. There are many of them
Of course, scammers are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, but common sense is a powerful tool to avoid getting ripped off. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.A Tuesday story in Business Insider warned about people getting social media requests from official-sounding senders to provide personal information, purportedly to allow them to quickly get the up to $1,200 that is being given to eligible Americans in coming weeks under a recently enacted economic stimulus law. The story also reported some people were being mailed fake stimulus checks that they we...
The San Diego Union-Tribune