As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, it is imperative that the United States continues to support development and diplomacy overseas through the International Affairs Budget.
This budget allows for civilian forces to continue humanitarian aid and provide poverty alleviation. In addition, and most important, this budget also supports the fight against pandemics. At a time where COVID-19 surpasses 4.1 million cases worldwide, we cannot turn our backs on developing countries.
In the fiscal year of 2019 the U.S. government allocated $56.1 billion to the International Affairs Budget. Although this may seem large, it really is an incredibly small amount of the federal budget. Urging your state representatives to support the International Affairs Budget by increasing budget allocations could help better ensure developing countries are most adequately equipped to handle COVID-19.
Hannah McLain; Perry, Fla.
The authors of "Coronavirus fight: 3 health care steps Congress must take, starting with Medicaid and ACA" (May 6) say that Congress needs to ensure that people have the health care they need and providers have the financial resources to meet the need. Their steps are insufficient.
COVID-19 is not the last pandemic we will face and all of us will be safer if everyone receives good medical care all the time. That will only happen if we have taxpayer funded universal health care. Under universal health care the federal government is the ultimate provider and it always has the financial resources for what it deems a high priority.
Vic Presutti; Dayton, Ohio
My daughter is about to graduate from high school. We were all looking forward to attending the traditional graduation ceremony. Then came coronavirus and social distancing and the ban on public gatherings.
The graduation ceremony is a time-honored rite of passage. It would be a shame to lose it, not only for my daughter but for many thousands of young people across the country. From grade school to college, they have worked hard for their diplomas and were no doubt looking forward to the public ceremony.
I have a solution. It’s called drive-up graduation.
In the Los Angeles area, for example, City of Industry has the Vineland Movie Drive-In Theaters. These can serve as a substitute graduation ceremony location.
The huge drive-in screen could show high school graduates and their families as they receive their diplomas. They would drive up to the front screen stage area when their names were called.
Everyone could be tuned in to the screen ceremony, and hear what's going on with their car radios. Parents, students and honored guests could cheer for their friends when they receive their diplomas.
Schools around Los Angeles County could rotate over days and weekends.
Drive-up graduations could happen all over the country, because, yes, there are still drive-in theaters. They have not entirely gone the way of the dinosaur, and COVID-19 seems to be giving them a new lease on life.
We owe it to our young people to do our very best to give them the ceremony they deserve. We all need something to celebrate in these troubled times. Drive-up graduations might be just the ticket.
Steve Mozena; Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.