When he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden knew if he won the election, he would be facing enormous challenges: curbing a deadly pandemic, reviving a struggling economy, alleviating the hardship of jobless workers, combating racial injustice and restoring the world’s trust in American leadership. “History,” he said, “has delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America has ever faced.”
Commentary: If anyone knows how to vaccinate, it’s a pediatrician; they should be enlisted in COVID-19 effort
We hesitate to add yet another voice to the chorus of criticism for COVID vaccine distribution, but as a longtime primary care pediatric practice, we feel the need to speak out and offer our services. We were struck over the past few days by the comments from politicians lamenting the fact that the COVID vaccine rollout has been “as incomprehensible as it has been inexcusable.” We agree, as we are even today still working to find vaccine to protect our front-line clinical staff.
No doubt the calendar year 2020 was an extremely different and difficult year for the world. For some the traditional “Happy New Year” greeting has been replaced by “thank God 2020 is over.” For me, the past years merely serve as a stepping stone to the following years and so on. Each year comes with its ups and downs, but for some reason 2020 seemed more of a downer and not because of any particular thing that happened to me but more so because I had to bear witness to what I can only characterize as a constant disappointment in human behavior.
This year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes less than two weeks after a violent white mob, inspired by entrenched racism and dressed up in Christian symbolism, attacked American democracy, leaving five people dead.
Watchdog groups have long been barking for ethics changes on Capitol Hill. Rightly so.
I oppose the nominations of Ikaika Rodenhurst and Zendo Kern as directors of the Department of Public Works and the Planning Department, respectively. Neither of these nominees meets the qualifications of the County Charter. I do not know Mr. Rodenhurst, but I do know Mr. Kern from serving on the Council together.