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Monday, October 3, 2022

Fikr | Revision of U.S. regulations on international travel

To the editor:

Again, “The early reporting signal option is less serious” (front page, December 7):

Well, now there are more restrictions on international flights to the United States, which is a final requirement to pass the test the day before the flight. What happens next – a test within 10 minutes of boarding?

Why is a full vaccination with an amplifier, always wearing a mask, and checking the temperature at the airport not enough for a U.S. citizen to return home? The final irony here is that domestic flights do not require vaccination, testing or temperature checks. So when a fully vaccinated person goes on a domestic flight, who knows how many anti-vaxxers he has.

Can’t we see that the government is doing two things by collecting international flight requirements? Instead, the government should set a simple requirement for all air travel: in addition to wearing a mask, you must have a legitimate medical reason to be fully vaccinated or not.

The pandemic will be with us until the government finds the courage to drastically reduce the number of unvaccinated. This is Immunology 101. Vaccination mandates are the best tool we have available to put on anti-pandemic brakes and should be expanded to cover all air passengers.

Michael Migan
Murphysboro, Ill.
The author is a professor of microbiology at the University of Southern Illinois.

To the editor:

While restricting South African countries ’entry into the United States has been criticized both here and abroad, it remains to be seen whether U.S. policy toward the rest of the world will only require full vaccination. The tests will always be as effective as China’s requirement that visitors not only be fully vaccinated and tested negative, but then you have to quarantine at least 14 days in a controlled hotel (at its own expense).

The fact that China has slightly more than 100,000 cases and fewer than 5,000 deaths – compared to nearly 50 million cases and 800,000 deaths in the United States – shows that its strict policy is far superior to that of the United States.

Peter Flemming
West Coldwell, NJ

To the editor:

Re “Last winter, Diners froze. This year they choose” (news article, December 3):

I find the concept of outdoor dining a big misunderstanding. Some of the photos that came with this article show indoor structures that are mostly indoors. In fact, New York City’s rules for restaurants do not classify many such structures as outdoor and subject these places to indoor dining rules.

Unfortunately, the lack of execution, understanding, and accountability makes people eat in places where they feel safe, but not so good. I expect that in some cases, with checking vaccine cards and professional ventilation, indoor areas of some restaurants may be safer than supplements. open air structures.


Thought conversation
Questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and its release.

Especially with the advent of the Omicron option, New Yorkers need to better understand the risk of eating in many poorly ventilated structures that appear as outdoors and offer unvaccinated customers.

To me, four walls and a roof look like the interior of a house.

Erik Scheer
Queens

To the editor:

As a research scientist focusing on early childhood education in New England, I wrote “The Poverty Solution? Invest in Children,” by David L. Kirp (Opinion guest essay, Dec. 5).

In this regard, Vermont is ahead of the curve due to the 2014 law on the establishment of a universal kindergarten by state legislators. Clearly, similar efforts are required at the national level, as all children in this country deserve to enjoy high-quality preschool education.

In the four years since the Universal Pre-K Act was signed in Vermont, state-funded pre-K enrollment rates have increased by 30 percent. This is not surprising. Young students succeed in such environments under the guidance of specialized professionals covering a variety of subjects, from social and emotional learning to mathematics.

While there have been some challenges during the transition, Vermonters strives for continuous improvement and is proud to be on the right side of early education history.

Claire Waterman
Peacham, Wt.
The writer is a research scientist at the Center for the Development of Education.

To the editor:

Surprisingly, the Supreme Court is ready to destroy Roni (if you don’t cancel it) Shortly after your newspaper wrote about a young couple who decided to be childless because of the environment, the country, and the world (“In a century like this, is it still possible to procreate?”, “Sunday Styles, 21 -November).

This debate could be controversial in terms of a prospective decision by the country’s Supreme Court, which could deprive the couple of that choice – and at the same time force them to marry in a world they think is wrong. . their children.

In fact, the abolition of Roe does nothing but strengthen this worldview.

Naomi Segal Deitz
Portland, Ore.

To the editor:

Again, “Can a machine learn ethics?” (Business, November 23):

Attempts to teach ethics to an artificial intelligence system are an awkward but inevitable step forward: Any attempt at machine ethics involves coding concepts that people have never been able to fully articulate for themselves.

The brilliant minds in millennial philosophy have not reached any authoritative moral system, and there is no reason to believe that they will ever do so.

Fortunately, people can appeal to our innate sense of compassion and justice as they have different cultures to overcome the shortcomings of ethical norms, but ultimately driven by evolving trends toward social stability. Machines do not have such instincts and therefore cannot reveal gaps in any set of strict ethical principles.

No matter how well “instructed” it is, artificial intelligence can only be a repository of things that people have decided on before; he can’t tell us something he doesn’t already know.

Rob Lui
Cazenovia, NY
Candidate of Writing Sciences. UMass is an Amherst student and teaches classes that include AI, ethics, and media.

To the editor:

“Baseball Finally Takes a Total Picture at Hodges” by Tyler Kepner (Baseball, Dec. 7):

I was delighted to read that Gil Hodges was finally selected as a player for the Baseball Hall of Fame after his death. I will never forget that in June 1968, he was the manager of the New York Mets. I called the Mets office and asked to speak to Mr. Hodges. I was surprised when he picked up the phone.

I told him I was from New York State and wanted to surprise my dad with two tickets to the upcoming Mets game on his birthday. I told him I was willing to pay for the tickets, but I asked if he could put in really good seats. He took my name and said the tickets would be in the Will Call window.

When we got to Shea Stadium, I went to the window and was surprised when Mr. Hodges said he had bought tickets. And they were in the front row behind the Mets dugout.

With all the qualities of a player and coach who led the Mets to the 1969 World Series, he will be remembered by the former New Yorker as a kind man, a real man.

(Rabbi) Reuven H. Taff
Sacramento

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