Letters: Leaders battle over public health mandates – San Francisco Chronicle

Letters Leaders Battle Over Public Health Mandates San Francisco Chronicle
Letters Leaders Battle Over Public Health Mandates San Francisco Chronicle

The U.S. is witnessing the expanding threat of the COVID-19 delta variant. Many states have reached critical levels of hospitalizations and infections. Vaccinations coupled with the responsible wearing of masks have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the spread of the virus. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been vaccinated. Yet, here we are.

Some of the states that are being impacted the most, and that are seeing ever-increasing rates of death from the variant, are the same states whose leadership is denouncing any sort of mandates for the wearing of masks or the requirement to be vaccinated. These leaders cite “personal freedoms” as an excuse for doing nothing. Some have even threatened to withhold pay for school administrators who have the gall to require masks for their students and staff. Imagine that … being sanctioned for trying to save a life.

Al Comolli, Millbrae

Closure impacts travel

Regarding the opinion pieces advocating for the southern portion of Great Highway to remain closed to vehicular traffic which specifically cite climate change, I would like to add some realistic reference to that claim.

I live on 38th Avenue between Ulloa Street and Vicente Street, and for me to get around the closed portion of Great Highway when coming from Geary Boulevard past the Cliff House, I’m rerouted onto Lincoln Avenue onto Sunset and then south. When compared to a direct route to Sloat Boulevard on Great Highway, I’m stopping and idling at many times with more traffic lights and stop signs, as well as traveling roughly three to four times the distance — burning gas all the way — to bypass the closure. Clearly, driving farther and idling more at stop signs and lights is not more economical.

I understand there are many people who advocate the continued closure of Great Highway, but please don’t use climate change as an example; it’s disingenuous and doesn’t make any sense to those of us who are currently traveling the routes around the closure and logging three to four times the mileage to do so versus continuing straight through past Lincoln Avenue to Sloat Boulevard on Great Highway.

Rob Blomberg, San Francisco

A bill for mental health

The world’s poorest are most vulnerable to developing mental health and substance abuse disorders, and many struggle to obtain treatment.

Around 75% of low- to middle-income individuals with mental health conditions did not receive treatment for their disorder. Access to mental health care is a fundamental right. The Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings Act is the first bill to address mental health support in the context of U.S. foreign development aid. The Minds Act would encourage an intergovernmental approach and create the position of USAID coordinator for mental health and psychosocial support. This bill is backed by groups such as UNICEF, World Vision, International Rescue Committee and the Borgen Project and would be instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty. I’m calling on Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla to support the Minds Act (S2105), and I hope you will do the same.

Kaylee DeLand, Livermore

Test people’s antibodies

For those of us who have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, I would hope that the CDC would come up with a simple test to determine how many antibodies each person has in his/her system, rather than give a booster shot to compromised persons, willy-nilly. It seems to make sense to test the protection levels before adding superficial doses to already infused systems.

Diana DiPietro, Pleasant Hill