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Developing vaccine
only the first step

Having an effective COVID-19 vaccine is only half the battle. It is just as vital to make sure that everyone can afford this vaccine regardless of their background.

As the daughter of two physicians, I have heard firsthand the heartbreaking stories of patients who could not receive the necessary treatment for their conditions due to their socioeconomic status. This is why the People’s Pandemic Prevention Plan needs to be implemented.

The plan calls for a guarantee that taxpayer-funded COVID-19 medicines and vaccines are affordable for everyone, everywhere in the world. It is co-sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 139 other members of Congress.

More members of Congress, regardless of political affiliation, need to come together to support this comprehensive pandemic prevention plan. Without any plan to prevent potential price gouging of the vaccine as well as offer equitable distribution, this pandemic will never end.

Snigdha Allaparthi
San Ramon

Voters show concern
for the environment

Traditionally, lawmakers are more inclined to pass regulatory policies that have diffuse cost and concentrated benefit, because when taxpayers incur negligible cost (diffuse), and beneficiaries receive a noticeable benefit (concentrated), they simply increase their chances of being reelected.

It was less likely that (certain) lawmakers pass regulations, such as carbon pricing and dividend, which have concentrated cost and diffuse benefits, because it would significantly impact businesses but the benefit is diffused among taxpayers.

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This election is changing the tradition. Voters showed that they care about their planet (“U.S. voters back issues focusing on environment,” Nov. 12). They care about the environment the next generation will live in.

The benefit may be diffuse, but constituents care about it. The elected officials must support climate regulations as they did in the cases of clean air and clean water back in the 1970s.

Ellie Sakhaee,
Union City

School reopening debate
needs teachers’ input

Upon reading the article about the Livermore school district and parent’s desires to get their kids back in school (“District sides with modified school plan,” Nov. 12 ), there was something glaringly missing — the teachers.

I hope that was not the true reflection of the board meeting. Now more than ever, communities see the true essential work of our professional educators. They serve parents as those who provide a positive, safe environment and foundation for their children’s futures. Not only teachers, but they also serve as counselors, confidants, nutritionists, friends, nurses’ aides and, yes, built-in free childcare for working parents. Many of them also have their own families to consider.

Isn’t it time we gave these most-essential of workers the consideration that befits their value? I hope our educators are given the weight they deserve in upcoming decisions over school openings. They are coming to the table in tears also.

Ann Laye

Frustration motivated
Trump’s supporters

I have the feeling that a lot of Donald Trump voters were really just voting for him because they are anti-government. Trump ran originally on cleaning the swamp. Well, the swamp got bigger in Washington during …read more

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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