Letters: Politicians have failed in the war against COVID-19

Letters to the Editor
Omega virus by Marian Kamensky

Politicians have failed in the war against COVID-19

My wife and I track the COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths on a daily basis. 

Ohio has a horrible record in curtailing the infection rates and it is due to a miserable failure of our state government to take appropriate action.  Our governor has totally wimped out and bungled his responsibilities.

The legislature – mostly Republicans – have put business interests ahead of public health in their heavy-handed curtailment of Gov. DeWine’s authority to mandate vaccinations and mask wearing. 

Amy Acton was right to quit when she did because there is no vaccination against ignorance and stupidity; seemingly in abundance in this state.  Mandating mask-wearing is not a violation of constitutional rights, nor is mandating vaccinations. 

Politicians have confused two unrelated issues and played on the fears of a misinformed public.  If this is a war against this virus – and many have said it is – there is a long list of elected public officials who should be tried for war crimes!

Joseph A. Koncelik, Lewis Center


No rhetoric will lessen the harm Big Tech can do 

Trade is certainly a complex issue, but Doug Kelly’s opinion piece “Save American technology from manufacturing’s sad fate” (Nov. 23) offers little except vague cheerleading for Big Tech.

More:Don’t let American technology suffer the same fate as manufacturing

Trade policy was hardly the major reason that the auto industry declined. A major factor was that the auto industry, facing no competition in the post-World War II global economy, got lazy, reduced its innovation, and then pushed Congress to protect it from its folly as Japan and Germany rebuilt their economies and produced comparable or better vehicles.

"Buy American” was a weak defense against foreign companies that bet on buyers wanting innovative alternatives to the land barges Detroit was producing.

No amount of "national security” rhetoric or appeals to “promote our values” (Kelly’s words, and empty of meaning) mitigates the need to examine how Big Tech's goal of eliminating competitors and reaping the most profit possible has contributed to social and psychological problems for youth, the destruction of thousands of small businesses, and threats to, and debasement of, our political processes.

It’s also worth mentioning that Facebook contributes a significant part of the dark money that funds Kelly’s American Edge Project.

Steve Abbott, Columbus

Limit kids' social media time; self-worth doesn't equal 'likes'

It’s time to teach our children that the amount of “likes” they get does not equate to the value their life holds. In a time when child and adolescent mental health is in dire crisis, social media has proven to be addictive and further detrimental to mental well-being.

More:Social media just like 'sugary treats,' kids don't need too much

Pre-teens and teens spend an average of 6-9 hours per day online, and most of these adolescents are using social media accounts.

The big name social media companies have all been under fire recently for knowingly contributing to worsened mental health among youth. Our mental health services cannot keep up with the amount of children in need of help, especially if the current trends continue.

I urge you to take an active role in this matter: talk to your kids about their mental health and healthy boundaries to set when it comes to social media.

McKenzie Nelson-Schmidt, MD, Galloway

Omega virus by Marian Kamensky