The Journal Gazette
Monday, April 06, 2020 1:00 am


Best practices will help in getting past crisis

Now that March has finally ended, it's time to take stock.

This pandemic was going to hit the U.S., no matter what, Donald Trump's travel ban with China or his refusal to acknowledge or address it for two months notwithstanding. As localities are affected, their hospital systems' ability to handle the surge is directly related to the number of people who will die because they can't get the proper care. It also will result in the cruel deaths of the health care professionals who don't have the proper equipment they need to protect themselves against the virus as they are overwhelmed by the caseload.

As industry ramps up its manufacturing strategies and tactics to meet the pressing demand for vital equipment, we must practice the behavior that will slow the inevitable spread of this virus. Self-quarantine, limit trips to the grocery store, maintain at least six feet between yourself and others when you must engage with people outside your house. That's it.

I've stopped watching the daily White House news conferences because they are as irrelevant as they are incoherent. Trump's ever-changing prognostications have no impact on reality. He may affect the allocation of some scarce resources, but as industries resolve the shortages of equipment and tests, it is on us to slow the spread so when we do catch this virus the infrastructure is in place in case we need it. This is going to be a long, weird year, but we'll survive it better if we just hunker down and behave responsibly.

Chris Heckert


Braun's office big help

We would like to thank Mike Braun for helping us solve our billing issue with the Veterans Administration. After a year-and-a-half struggle to get the bills paid, we reached out to the senator's office for help. Within six weeks, the bills were paid and our stress level was lowered.


Fort Wayne

Banks' preening serves no one but himself

As a Hoosier business owner and operator, I am in a race against time, concerned with keeping my business alive and with the health and safety of my colleagues and their families. We are dealing with maintaining payroll and benefits.

Rep. Jim Banks seems more concerned about seeking attention for himself at this critical time by authoring meaningless resolutions in the House, casting blame on China and pointing fingers.

Banks is not at risk of having his wages or benefits cut off due to this crisis. When Hoosiers and other Americans emerge from this, there will be plenty of time for the congressman to race to the microphone.

In the meantime, shouldn't we be asking the congressman and his colleagues, about the glaring absence of test kits, respirators and ventilators?

Business owners, hospital administrators, first responders and everyday citizens have real issues and pressing concerns. Banks seems more concerned about raising his political profile during a national emergency.

Douglas C. Rose


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