Much more must be done to slow coronavirus

Our governor and mayor should ask more questions before it is too late for all of us.

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Craig Richardson, owner of Batter & Berries in Chicago, poses inside the restaurant on Monday. Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home Monday as the escalating coronavirus outbreak shifted the nation’s daily routines in ways never before seen in U.S. history.

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Our national leaders have moved too slowly in responding to the spread of COVID-19, and thousands — or even millions — may pay the price. If the federalgovernment is not up to preparing for the potential of hundreds of thousands of hospital patients at once, then our state and local leaders must do so. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are moving more quickly, totheircredit, but there is much more to be done.

Can Chicago Public Schools’ vacant buildings or McCormick Placebe converted to emergency medical clinics? Can laid-off workers be quickly retrained as orderlies and nurse’s aides to augment our stressed medical professionals? Can our local universities’ science labs be pressed into service as medical testingfacilities?

I, as a layman, do not have the answers, but our governor and mayor need to be asking questions like these now before it is too late for all of us.

Benjamin Recchie, Little Italy

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This is not a hoax

Hey, Rush! Hey, Sean!If the coronavirus is nothing but a Democratic hoax, then the whole world must be in on it.

Leonard Hall, LaGrange Highlands

Common sense, not panic

I praise the leaders of our great state for making the tough decisions necessary to reduce the number of deaths, keep us safe and greatly lessen the impact on our hospitals. The financial impact should be much less than if we did nothing at all, as Italy learned the hard way. Our nation will recover. We always do. We need to use common sense over panic. There will be lessons learned, too. Cutting the Centers for Disease Control budget made no sense. Same goes for building a wall.

Vote for people who can be trusted to do the right thing for the people.

Tom DeDore, Garfield Ridge

The big difference

President Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here.” President Donald Trump says, “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

Bob Barth, Edgewater

Multiple bailouts

The GOP always screams about the sin of “bailouts.” They insist that markets and industries, such as the auto industry, should be allowed to take their natural course. Well, now it’s time for them to handle the possibility of multiple “bailouts.”

Will they let economic markets take their natural course?

Warren Rodgers Jr., Matteson

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