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Letters: The President was wearing a mask. Mayors and Governor?

Are they trying to kill grandpa?

At times, a photograph says a lot more than an attached story.

The photograph taken Wednesday shows Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Governor Tim Waltz without their masks, while the latter two face-to-face with President Biden with astonished mouths.

Are they trying to kill grandpa?

Biden, of course, wore the mask he had to wear, since he had just arrived in the state with the most new cases of Covid.

Nick Wormley, Prescott, Wisconsin

Missed message

The first thing my husband pointed out to me on Wednesday morning was a front page photograph of Governor Waltz, Mayor Frey, and Mayor Carter, without masks, meeting with President Biden, who was wearing a mask. I’m sure everyone was vaccinated and boosted, but for sure missed the public health message during this pandemic.

Christy Sullivan, Inver Grove Heights

Community problem

Viruses are by definition a community problem because transmission and variation occurs from one person to another throughout the community. To defeat this, everyone in this country must help stop the spread of the disease.

This is war. The eight hundred thousand American deaths from Covid are more dead than all the wars we have fought since World War I. Since June, about 400,000 Americans have died from Covid, the vast majority of whom have not been vaccinated. About 5,000 medical workers have died fighting on the front lines in this war.

Viruses are always changing, and in order to survive, society and science must change to stop them. More than a thousand citizens die every day. The unvaccinated are voluntary hosts for the invaders.

It is high time for the opponents of vaccination to get away from bloggers and Internet trolls, look at real science and think about the huge hills of the dead and the suffering of fellow citizens. Answer the question, who are these victims, why are they dying and can I help, can I fulfill my duty and help my country – or do I just keep thinking about my personal rights?

Gunnard Landers, Maplewood

Whose Law?

The first of two articles on Biden’s visit to Minnesota in the December 1 edition begins with the words “President Joe Biden … promoted his recent $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.” In the second article, Biden refers to “my infrastructure law.”

As I understand it, both are referring to the bipartisan infrastructure bill introduced in the Senate. If so, references to it as his “law” are misleading and promote the notion that Congress is unable to pass bipartisan legislation, rather than emphasizing that bipartisan legislation is possible.

Ed Erickson, Woodbury

Know the signs

Article from November 18: “According to officials, the number of overdose deaths in the United States has exceeded 100,000 in a year; Mortality Rises 39 Percent in Minnesota ”is a public wake-up call.

Thanks to the Gustafson family for their willingness to share Travis’ story with such authenticity. Fatal overdoses are at an all-time high, according to the CDC. Everyone can play their part and take action to end the opioid overdose epidemic.

As citizens, we need to be aware of the signs of addiction, which can include mood swings, relationship discord, neglect, and changes in sleep patterns.

The CDC also encourages citizens to learn how to spot the signs of an overdose. Some things to look out for include pinpoint pupils, loss of consciousness, shallow breathing, choking sounds, a flaccid body, and pale, blue, or cold skin. If you run into someone with these symptoms, call 911 and help save a life.

Leah Plath, Chanhassen

Perfect number?

The St. Paul Public School board seems to have only one trick: close fusion, close fusion, close fusion.

But these schools can be viewed in two ways: too few students or too much space. So why not divide up your students into a smaller area and use the extra space for all the other great things they have in mind, like preschools, early learning centers, etc.?

“The district claims the ideal size for an elementary school is 450 people,” Pioneer Press reported Oct. 15. But research journalist Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book The Tipping Point: “The number 150 seems to represent the maximum number of people with whom we can have truly social relationships, relationships that involve knowing who they are and how they treat us. ” And: “In other words, even a relatively small increase in group size creates a significant social and intellectual burden.”

In a school with more than 150 students, a child can get lost, fall through a crack, or become invisible. But at 150 or below it just can’t happen because everyone knows this child, because everyone knows everyone else. It’s like Cheers Bar: “the place where everyone knows your name.” Less is better.

Superintendent Joe Gotthard says in a Pioneer Press report that “the main goal is to create schools large enough to offer a comprehensive education, with arts and sciences classes and strong support staff.” But “budget cuts have forced school leaders to choose, for example, to keep a science teacher or an art teacher” (Pioneer Press, October 24). This is the easiest problem of all. Traveling teachers. If school A has a science teacher in the morning, school B may have the same science teacher in the afternoon. It’s the same with the art teacher, but vice versa. Both schools benefit without budget cuts.

There is another saying about opportunity: there are those who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” SPPS, don’t be one of them.

Regina Purins, Saint Paul

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