LETTERS: Let’s keep kids home

I am glad children are not going back to school. We need more testing.

If they send kids back to school or back to work, who will be responsible if they die — teacher, principal, superintendent, mayor, governor or the president? Someone would have to answer for the deaths of these kids and others if we do not do it in a safe way.

Imagine that a teacher who is infected infects all the kids, and the kids infect their parents, and so on. Someone would have to account for these deaths if it is not done responsibly.

I will not send my child to school or work until I am sure it’s safe.

Gabino Casanova, Brownsville

Our way of life

The overnight trucker brings cartons of paper coffee cups to the take-out restaurant.

“Thanks for keeping our way of life going.”

“Many never thought about all who deliver and do and help and carry and lift.”

He nods from his cab.

The orange sun is up. The planets and stars gone. The moon faded.

I leave, my words lacking, so lame.

The truck pulls out, another delivery to come in the name of “our way of life.”

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, Brownsville

Don’t rely on models

We will get through this.

America is a beautiful nation, built on the faith of our founding fathers’ beliefs in natural (God-given) rights to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It appears that the models that caused policies of shutting down the economy and sheltering in place were flawed. It now appears than deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus will be fewer than an average flu season.

This should be an important lesson in allowing people with models to create policies that impact all of us. Like the flawed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change models (“hockey stick”) that gave Al Gore and others cause to preach that all alpine and arctic snow would be melted by 2015 and that Florida would be underwater. Many policies (subsidizing solar and wind energy) were legislated on the basis of those flawed models.

In the future, I hope that among the lessons of the 2020 pandemic will be that we will have learned (in the hardest way) that we should never embrace hypothetical models in order to create policies that impact our freedoms and place our great nation at risk.

We will recover from this mess. I hope that we learn from our errors.

Bill Hudson, Brownsville