About the editor: While your headlines about the war in Ukraine are alarming and heartbreaking, the Times editorial board’s warning to prepare for the next pandemic was a call to action.
The best way to prepare for the next pandemic is to make sure Republicans don’t take control of the House and Senate in 2022 and Donald Trump isn’t elected president in 2024.
Republicans’ anti-science, anti-mask, and anti-vaccine rhetoric should serve as a warning to us all.
Donna Sloan, Los Angeles
About the editor: Something is tragically wrong when I switch from watching the death and destruction in Ukraine on a world news channel to a local channel in LA that parents are protesting children wearing masks with one of the mothers saying that this is from Children being asked to wear a mask is the worst thing in the world for them.
How embarrassing. Tell that to the parents in Ukraine whose children are being massacred in the conflict with Russia.
If these spoiled, self-absorbed Southern California parents want to protest something, how about stepping out of their sheltered world and protesting this senseless and barbaric war?
Happy Colvin, Long Beach
About the editor: I was disappointed by the article’s opening paragraphs about the possible end of the federal health emergency.
Noting almost immediately that “more than a third of Americans” think the federal government should end its pandemic emergency declaration gives the false impression that there is significant public pressure to do so.
It ignores or downplays the statistic reported later in this article that nearly 60% of Americans believe fighting the coronavirus should be a priority, even if it requires restrictions.
I believe more responsible reporting would have emphasized that a clear majority of Americans support maintaining preventive measures, being vigilant about public health, and being prepared for any future surge.
Neal Sheade, Los Angeles
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-17/defeat-the-next-pandemic-dont-elect-republicans How to defeat the next pandemic? Don’t vote Republicans