LETTERS: Confusion at the top; Have faith, stay home

Confusion at the top

On April 3, the number of Americans who died in one day rose to more than 1,000.

Should masks be worn in public at grocery stores and pharmacies?

Which kind of mask? Scarf or N95? Does New York City really need those ventilators Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been asking for? Jared Kushner suddenly appeared and said, “Those are ours.” Who is “ours?” His family? The White House? The government? But I thought we are the government, the people who elected people to represent us. We the people.

The disconnect between the people at the podium who brief us and the doctors, nurses, assistants and janitors, the people in the trenches and what they say, continues to grow. Indeed, there are chasms between those who brief and those who care for patients and risk their own lives.

At one briefing (and we couldn’t bear to watch it all), the difference between what was said by officials and what is heard from the medics was unrecognizable. Example: Some nurses in New York City had not seen their children in weeks.

They have no safe place at home to decontaminate. Masks are being reused until they fall apart, a dangerous but desperate practice.

Patient care demands protection for those working. Trash bags wrap the forms of many who work with the sick.

Gov. Cuomo tells us that people who normally would be on ventilator for four or five days now stay on for 20 or 30 days. When asked about the governor’s requests for ventilators, the president answered that maybe other people need them, too. He has said that he is keeping the national stockpile in case of an emergency.

New York City is the epicenter of the pandemic. The curve is still rising. The crazy quilt of states buying supplies and making decisions on stay-at-home orders, masks and so on has resulted in confusion and frustration.

States have been told to go find their own supplies. This practice has led to bidding wars between states, countries and even our federal government.

We practice social distancing, wash our hands often, use sanitizer before going into a store and after before we reach the car. We wear surgical-grade masks in food stores and pharmacies with the belief that they might limit contamination to others and ourselves.

We no longer watch the briefings. We walk every day at least a mile and wave or say hello to friends.

Shirley Rickett


Have faith, stay home

We’re facing one of the biggest crisis this Country has seen since World War II. Americans are facing real uncertainty about their future because of this virus that has spread around the world. The American Economy has nearly come to a complete stop to try to slow down the spread of this virus because everyone was told to stay at home.

We Americans have always enjoyed our freedoms, unlike most citizens from other countries. So for the sake of our country, use your rights as Americans and choose to stay home. Believe with your heart and ask the Lord to guide us through this crisis that we are facing. Have faith in The Lord.

Jesus Rodriguez


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