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New lockdown needed
for spike in COVID-19

California has become the state with the most COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (“Watch California overtake New York for most coronavirus cases in the U.S.,” July 22) The rush to reopen the economy allowed the virus to run out of control, and now we have no other choice but to shut it back down.

California must instate a new lockdown until we meet key criteria established by public health experts. First, we need to expand our daily testing capacity. Currently, California is only meeting 40 percent of the target. Second, the government must hire enough contact tracers to trace all current cases. California is far short of the number needed. Finally, we must produce enough personal protective equipment to keep essential workers safe.

Hundreds of public health experts are calling for a second lockdown, and as unappealing as that is, it’s necessary to save thousands of lives. But this time, we’re counting on California’s decision-makers to do it right.

Claudia Deeg
California Public Interest Research Group

Billions for parks
is a win for all

I was thrilled to see this (“Environmentalists cheer billions for national parks,” Aug. 5) on the front page of the East Bay Times.

This is wonderful for the environment and for all of us for so many reasons; and it might create jobs for people, which could help with the surging unemployment crisis. This is a bipartisan measure so good to see at a time when the country is so divided on so many issues.

Unfortunately, the last sentence reads, “At the signing ceremony Tuesday, however, Trump invited only Republicans.” Why would anyone want to do that?

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Virginia Kamp

Leaders must
secure safe election

I want to express my deep concern that the November election will be severely compromised because of COVID-19. A combination of unprecedented long lines, new voting machines and fewer volunteers at polling stations will be a disaster if we don’t act now.

We need to reach out to our U.S. senators and representatives to demand their help in making voting by mail and early voting easier and more accessible. To find your legislators, go to usa.gov online, the “Government Agencies and Elected Officials” page. You can easily send emails to them right through that site, or to send a letter, the mailing addresses are there. Don’t forget your state and local election officials who run the elections.

Let’s take action now to ensure a safe and fair election!

Shirley McGrath
Elders Stand for Fair Elections
Walnut Creek

Anthem should be
played at every game

Re: “National anthem should be reserved for special games” (East Bay Times, Page A1, July 22)

We disagree with the author’s stance on whether the national anthem should be played before every game.

It is important to take a few moments to remember each other as well as those who have gone before us and especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and what that flag stands for, especially before …read more

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