NEW PROCEDURES

Re: “Pasadena cops come up with new procedures to keep officers safe from COVID-19,” May 7

Perhaps we can come up with a plan to keep the general public safe from getting parking citations.

Until all businesses are opened, Pasadena street parking enforcers should “shelter in place” and be restricted from writing tickets for metered parking infractions.

I saw it firsthand on Lake Avenue where there were literally just two cars parked on Saturday afternoon.

Shame on you Pasadena.

~JOHN JANKOSKI

PASADENA

 

REMAIN VIGILANT

President Trump, who in his struggles to explain why he downplayed the deadly coronavirus for two months as his administration failed to come up with a robust testing plan, has resorted to blaming his predecessor, Barack  Obama, among others.

He now blames President Obama for failing to develop a test for a disease that would not come into existence until three years after he left office. Nice try!

On top of this, it appears that a three-year Republican intelligence study that was just published mirrors the Robert Mueller investigation. Despite calls from President Trump to disband it, the study reinforces the fact that Russia invaded our election and Trump and his team welcomed Russian assistance. The Republican study stresses that we remain vigilant against the threat of interference from hostile foreign actors.

Where does this leave President Trump’s “conspiracy theory” that it actually was Ukraine? I believe that this idea was also supported by William Barr and Trump’s team.

What kind of irresponsible, incompetent, foolhardy government are the Republicans running?

~DR. RICHARD FRENCH

PASADENA

 

DRIVING THE SWITCH

Massive slaughterhouse closures are driving US consumers to plant-based meat products, as sick workers pay the price.

Tyson Foods, JBS USA, and Smithfield Foods, the largest meat processors, have closed 17 plants, devastating rural communities and threatening the nation’s meat supply. Production is already down by 25 percent.

In reaction, US sales of plant-based meats surged by 265 percent, according to consumer data group Nielsen. Shares of Beyond Meat, a prominent plant-based meat brand, rallied by 60 percent.

A Washington Post investigation found that coronavirus outbreaks in more than 48 US meat packing plants have sickened at least 3,300 workers and killed 17. The companies failed to provide adequate protective gear to the workers and forced some with COVID-19 symptoms to keep working. USA Today reports that more than 150 of US’s largest plants operate in counties with the highest rate of coronavirus infection.

In addition to the generally accepted consumer health argument for avoiding animal food products, the pandemic has now added the worker health element. Production of plant-based meats requires much less labor and allows for ample physical distancing.

We can all support the switch to healthy food on our next visit to our supermarket.

~ VICTOR CASTANZA

VIA EMAIL

 

PLAY IT WISE

This is our community and we must endeavor to protect it.

Wearing non-medical masks when we’re out and about doing our essential trips could help slow the transmission of COVID-19 when combined with physical distancing and hand hygiene.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through droplets and contact. Under the right circumstances, normal breathing could propel droplets up to approximately three feet and sneezing to approximately 20 feet horizontally.

Wearing a non-medical mask offers some filtration, as well as a reminder to not touch your nose and mouth.

We do NOT need an N95 or surgical mask to be protected out in public — especially since we should be six feet away from each other anyway. Leave the medical-grade masks to our health care workers who are at the highest risk due to their close proximity and constant exposure to patients. As of this moment, we don’t have enough masks and we must make sure that our health care workers are adequately protected so they can continue to take care of us.

Also, play it wise! Continue to support the quarantine and religiously practice physical distancing and hand hygiene. Avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze into your arm and have a healthy lifestyle to support your immune system.

Let’s continue to protect each other.

~ LAUREEN LOPEZ-BERRY

VIA EMAIL