Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for July 26, 2020 – Marin Independent Journal

Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for July 26, 2020 – Marin Independent Journal

Marin Goodwill locations deserve support right now

My pile of things slated for donation keeps growing. I find it alarming that the San Rafael Goodwill Industries center may not be opening again at all, along with several and potentially all centers (“Marin’s Goodwill stores imperiled by pandemic,” May 20). The reason: Most Goodwill stores are not eligible for federal payroll protection funds because they have over 500 employees — the maximum number for eligibility.

With all its stores currently closed, Goodwill has zero income so it won’t take long for their reserve funds to be wiped out. It is distressing that a nonprofit providing jobs and training for many of our less-fortunate citizens gets no government bailout money while many for profit corporations, some of whom are publicly traded get hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars.

Please help Goodwill continue its good work by urging your representatives in Congress to remedy this unintended consequence to a worthwhile program, one that directly benefits many vulnerable members of our community.

— Richard Pedemonte, Fairfax

Anchor-out problem needed earlier solution

I am writing in regard to a recent editorial about Richardson Bay anchor-outs (“Consider the pandemic and slow the removal of Richardson Bay boats,” July 13). It looks to me that the anchor-out community is getting stronger and stronger politically with the proposed “temporary” moratorium on the removals of the boats. Don’t be surprised if it becomes permanent.

Every time we have a big, difficult-to-solve problem, we should remember Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s famous two words, “too late.” In other words, our big problems such as crime, homelessness or immigration are big because our elected officials in charge did not have the guts (or it was politically incorrect) to take care of the problem when it was small.

— Arnaldo Dallera, Tiburon

For the love of Marin, I will follow the rules

Long ago I learned of a mythical place where billboards were illegal and bike paths outnumbered highways — Marin County. I visited Muir Woods and drove our roads and highways long before I had the good luck of living here; a dream come true for a New York-born city kid who stayed too long in Los Angeles.

The myth paled next to reality. My neighbors patiently waited and schooled me as I retasked my middle fingers and learned that there really was a civil society. It resides here in Marin. I was enfolded and learned that “the common good” was alive and well too. Look around, it still is.

Medical authorities have asked us to stay in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever it takes — I will do whatever my neighbors ask of me.

— John Thomas Ellis, Kentfield

Increase in testing should be appreciated

A recent editorial stated that there is a COVID-19 testing crisis (“Trump, Newsom failed to prepare for COVID-19 test crisis,” July 14). Is that really so?

The day before it was published, more than 720,000 tests were reported nationally and 137,000 in California alone. Since late May, this is about an 80% increase nationally and 100% for California. In May, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California needed to do at least 60,000 per day to support reopening. California has averaged twice that over the last two weeks. Nationally, nearly 10 million tests were done in that time, a sustained rate of more than 700,000 daily.

Besides that, testing is still increasing. On the day of the editorial, California reported the highest number of tests yet; 137,000. A new rapid, portable 15-minute test just got emergency authorization and is going out to testing sites right now.

Recently, there were 886,000 tests done across the country in just one day. That number was the total count of all COVID-19 tests done through March. The rate of testing has actually soared and is still climbing.

To accomplish this testing there are thousands of test sites, hundreds of labs, scores of factories, vast transportation networks, myriad supply centers and an intricate web of reporting systems being run smoothly by tens of thousands of people working very hard all across the nation.

The people who planned, organized and executed this should be recognized and appreciated, not just always unmercifully ridiculed and criticized.

When people want tests and can’t get them immediately it is easy to call it a crisis, but is it really? A lot of people are doing a whale of a fine job ramping up COVID-19 testing.

— Lee Tanner, Tiburon

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