Letters: It's time to stop delaying medical care; vote yes for Christina school budget
Don't delay the medical care you need
All of us agree that the last few months have been anxious and unprecedented.
As a cancer care advocate, I understand the health risks posed by COVID-19, but I also know that delaying preventative care can mean delaying a potential diagnosis, increasing the likelihood that disease is found when it's less treatable and more dangerous.
That's why now is a good time to check with your provider about the infection control protocols they've implemented, so you know what to expect at your next appointment.
Radiology practices, for example, are following expert guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the CDC to resume non-emergency care safely. Yes, there are risks to going out, but there are also risks to delaying care, so be sure to weigh all of your risk factors. It's smart to play it safe — but be mindful that "playing it safe" can mean getting the diagnostic screenings you need to prevent cancers and other life-threatening diseases.
— Rita Pesini, North Wales, Pennsylvania
Trump wants to be seen as masculine
President Donald Trump is very concerned about his public persona, especially as it pertains to his manhood. This is evidenced in several ways. First, in his “attachment” to perceived strongmen like Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Xi Jinping of China.
Second, his toughness is “shown” in his insistence on risking the sacrifice of others to COVID-19 by opening the economy pre-maturely for the sake of the Dow (and his re-election bid).
Third, his masculinity is “shown” in his willingness to trash anyone who disagrees with him, especially women. From Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Gov. Janet Miller of Maine to Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., he is on a tear.
Fourth, our president “shows” his masculinity by not allowing anyone to question it. When his recent trip to the White House bunker was leaked to the press he immediately countered that it was only an inspection tour. And, when the street in front of St. John’s Episcopal was brutally cleared for his infamous photo-op, he had Attorney General William Barr take the fall.
When masculinity depends so much on sidling up to brutish thugs, throwing others under the bus, battering women, hiding behind lies, and being defended by sycophants, is it real?
— Julia Sperry, Hockessin
Vote 'yes' for Christina school budget
I am writing to encourage the residents of the Christina School District to vote yes for the referendum on June 9.
Admittedly, this is a difficult time to try to get a referendum passed given the current health crises, economic uncertainty and social unrest. The entire educational system in Delaware needs to be reformed.
However, the situation today, based on the current laws around funding school districts and the current formation of districts, is that the students who attend the schools in the Christina School District desperately need for this referendum to be passed now. The state education system needs to be fixed, but that takes time and courage. We don't have the luxury of that time for our students.
This vote is about the students in the Christina School District, and ensuring that they have opportunities to excel, learn and grow into productive, caring, educated, well-rounded adults who are able to give back, in turn, to the community. The vote is about supporting our community.
If we have learned nothing else over the past three months, and especially in the past week, we must have learned how important it is to stand up for all of the members of our community and come together for each other.
— Cheri Dill, Newark