Again the drumming of politicians promising the moon. Lowering taxes, attacking crime, public work projects, offering handouts! What is needed: Refine existing programs, reduce waste and stop making promises that can’t be kept. They should offer to shore up our Social Security system.
Because experts are saying we must prepare for the new reality of flood events, I suggest the Cooperstown dam be modified to allow large drainage. Any early signs of potential catastrophic rain events approaching release as much water as possible to reduce backup. Best way to accomplish this task is to build floodgates.
Authorities seem to believe the coronavirus is going to behave like SARS. Here today and probably gone tomorrow. Magically disappear.
They are simply not preparing for the potential long haul, that of the virus again and again rearing its ugly head.
They also don’t seem to be willing to think that immunity is gained by surviving the disease.
I think out of the box, both these possibilities should be used in planning. We will know more in time, but time is of the essence.
Warning: Meanwhile, the economy is imploding and will snowball, growing ever more self-destructive. All businesses are essential, at the very least to those needing to support their families.
In the case of the Coronavirus, governments are opening a multi-front war by initiating massive quarantines that are inadvertently weakening the entire system.
Suggestion: Governments focus attention on protecting the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
Do not, however, defeat the economic support system that feeds and supports us by not allowing life to continue as close to normal as possible.
Other than the aforementioned resolve, treat this virus as you would a serious flu and work on producing vaccines. It is no longer survival of the fittest, it is now survival of the most unfit. If the bar was a limbo bar it would be set so high as to be over most people’s head.
Should the virus mutate and become more serious, then let us cross that bridge if we should come to it.