Commentary: People of color need healthier food
In this time of racial reckoning, the likes of which our nation has not seen since the 1960s, one reconciliatory step is often overlooked: increasing the ability of people of color to obtain healthy food.The novel coronavirus does not discriminate, but it sadly reflects and exacerbates centuries of systemic racism that created racial health disparities in our country. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, Black and Latinx people are twice as likely to contract the virus as their white counterparts. Part of the reason for this is a lack of access to nutritious food...
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Commentary: Finding the sweet spot in the pandemic
I’ve been learning to row during our society’s wrangling with COVID-19.Usually twice a week since August, I ease myself into a one-person scull, push away from the dock, do “eggbeater” drills to remind myself of the boat’s feel. And then I row. As a novice, it’s none too pretty, but I am utterly transported, plying the waters of Washington’s Lake Stevens with as many as a dozen other club members and watchful coaches on yellow launches, ready with advice or rescue.With my phone quarantined in the boathouse for a couple of hours, I can shake off the stresses that dog all of us. The latest presi...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Rudy's bitter end: A former friend and staffer tracks the mayor's sad decline
I don’t care about Rudy Giuliani’s amateur-hour press conference outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping or his need for a cut man at last Thursday’s presser to stanch the flow of hair dye down his cheeks. I don’t care that he tucked in his shirt while lying on a hotel bed with a woman in the room young enough to be his granddaughter. (Okay, I do care about that.)I don’t even care all that much that he was rusty in court after not litigating a case in 30 years. And neither should you.I care that Rudy’s meritless, baseless legal arguments allege widespread, nationwide election fraud without proo...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Trump's climate policies are a disaster. For Florida's sake, Biden should undo them — quickly
This doesn’t seem normal. Tropical Storm Eta, after making landfall in the Florida Keys this month, dumped almost 14 inches in 24 hours in Miramar.Miami Lakes experienced “flooding we haven’t seen in modern times,” according to resident and Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago.Sections of North Miami received about 7 inches of rain, while parts of Kendall were hit with about 6 inches. Overall, Miami-Dade saw 4 inches to 8 inches of rain, compared with normal rainfall of 3.27 inches for all of November.And rainwater so overwhelmed Hollywood’s sewage treatment plant that officials told residents to...
Commentary: The 3 nuclear threats facing President-elect Biden
Four years ago, President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump on his visit to the Oval Office two days after the election that the biggest national security threat he would face was North Korea’s impending ability to fire nuclear missiles against the United States.President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to see the inside of the Oval Office until after his inauguration on Jan. 20. But had Trump invited his successor, as all his postwar predecessors did, he might have warned Biden that he could face not just one, but possibly three nuclear crises in the coming years.Not only has North Korea continued...
Will Bunch: Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke. It's a crime. There must be consequences
OK, so you haven’t seen so many slam dunks since the U.S. “Dream Team” won the 1992 Olympics, as Team Trump’s ace legal department actually embraces “My Cousin Vinny” while racking up a courtroom won-loss record that rivals the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s been more than two weeks since the media and all other reputable observers called the 2020 election as a resounding win for Joe Biden, and yet President Donald Trump and his minions continue to press a case for overturning the result that’s melted faster than the stuff running out of Rudy Giuliani’s hair or his wherever.Yes, it’s so easy ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Fabiola Santiago: Gov. DeSantis mishandled COVID — and we're back to widespread transmission in Florida
This is the story of another coronavirus tragedy foretold.At the end of October, during a road trip to north Florida, I began to double mask.The anti-maskers, the mask danglers — and the geniuses who wear them below their noses and under their chins — ruled the scene everywhere, except hospitals and doctors’ offices. From service plazas on the turnpike and rest stops on I-95 to the aisles of stores and indoor cafes, people disregarded signs telling them that masks were required.I felt that I had to compensate for such stupidity with extra safety precautions. Needless to say, I was the only per...
Commentary: More will die from COVID because of timid Newsom response
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom ceded moral authority to guide California out of the depths of the pandemic. More people likely will die because of his timid leadership.The week began with news that Newsom had earlier this month attended a 12-person dinner for a lobbyist friend at a tony Napa Valley restaurant, violating his own guideline — now mandate — against gatherings of more than three households.The week ended with the usually loquacious governor who rarely shies from television cameras announcing via press release a head-scratching curfew — and then sending his health secretary out to try...
The Mercury News
Dahleen Glanton: There is more to be grateful for this Thanksgiving than family, friends and good health
Thanksgiving is the time to look back and remember how lucky we are. Often, our blessings are so bountiful that we cannot count them on two hands.But this year is different — or it might seem that way, at least.Amid COVID-19, gratitude takes a broader scope. This Thanksgiving isn’t just about taking a moment to show appreciation for the people we love or expressing our gratitude for good health and prosperity.This year, we are keenly aware of the people who have touched our lives in ways that never seemed as important before the pandemic. We are thankful for the front-line medical professional...
John M. Crisp: Trump's awkward exit leaves behind a big problem
At best, President Donald Trump’s exit from the White House is ungraceful. At some point, it becomes disgraceful. And then dangerous. In fact, it already has.For example, our nation is not in a good place with the pandemic; no one could credibly argue otherwise. Whether a different president could have done a better job of handling the virus is no longer important. What is important is a smooth transition of our virus response between the administration that got us where we are and the administration that has to see us through the pandemic. This is not happening.But other dangerous things are ...
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