Letter: Vote for change in November

Published: 3/19/2020 2:07:17 PM
Modified: 3/19/2020 2:07:07 PM

 

To the editor:

While it breaks my heart to say this because likely by the end of this coronavirus pandemic many people will have suffered, this global event might be the wake-up call the United States of America needs to make some long-overdue changes.

A system that doesn’t pay people to stay home when they are sick, thereby increasing the risk of community contamination, is broken. A system that doesn’t pay workers enough money to feed their children, making them rely on school programs which forces schools to stay open so children don’t go hungry, is broken. A country that doesn’t guarantee universal health care, forcing thousands of people to go untested and untreated to avoid medical bills thereby increasing the risk of continued spread of disease, is broken. A government must work for the people. The American people are suffering and will continue to suffer until we vote for politicians that truly stand up for the rights of the people.

We need, written into law, paid family and medical leave, an actual livable minimum wage (so that we can save for times like these among other things), and universal health care.

The United States can no longer afford to “thrive” at the expense of the everyday American citizen and it shouldn’t. As we watch the rest of the world, such as China (built two additional hospitals in a week to meet the demands of patients), South Korea (implemented the most efficient coronavirus screening process), and Bulgaria (shut down the entire country with only 23 confirmed cases as a preventative measure), pull together and benefit from organized governments, universal health care, and social protective nets such as paid leave, I hope that we in the United States can start to see how woefully underprepared we are compared to the rest of the developed world.

Montana Rogers

Peterborough


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