Readers Write: More should be done to stop spread of COVID-19

More should be done to stop spread of COVID-19

After reading the article, “WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics,” News, July 21, I felt the need to comment on its importance. The Tokyo Olympics are occurring at the worst possible time in terms of COVID-19 risk and spread, and it was always going to end up in mass infection among athletes and fans. As the article says, only 10 countries possess 75% of global vaccine doses, and more needs to be done about this.

As an intern at The Borgen Project, a national nonprofit that attempts to fight global poverty, I have been educated in the importance of making sure all countries receive the vaccine, not just the most developed. After reading this article, I felt compelled to comment on this injustice and emphasize how much more needs to be done to eradicate COVID-19.


Money for tax auditing should not be removed from bill

The $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” bill to upgrade the nation’s crumbling infrastructure is in peril because Senate Republicans care more about rich tax-cheating criminals than about the rest of us. The infrastructure plan included $40 billion to increase IRS tax auditing. It would have netted an estimated $100 billion, about one-sixth of the new spending proposed in the bill. But GOP senators caved to radical anti-tax groups and demanded removal of the tax enforcement provision.

Right-wing organizations such as Heritage Action would have you believe the IRS budget increase would send legions of jack-booted thugs to persecute ordinary working people. But in fact, the IRS civil servants would have been targeting individuals and businesses earning more than $400,000 a year and evading taxes they legally owe. Here we have yet another example of Republican politicians sacrificing the general welfare on the altar of the already rich and powerful.