Don't forget the environment

As the COVID-19 pandemic brings confusion and panic to Greenville, we must not forget about those who are working hard to serve and help our community in this time of distress. Thank you to all the workers who are providing and distributing food to people in need.

Thank you to those who are working late nights to tend to the sick or injured. Most importantly, thank you to everyone who has been positive and supportive of others during this time of crisis.

I’d also like to commend those of you who continue to be environmentally-conscious in your daily actions. During times like these, it is critical that we practice compassion — particularly toward others and our environment.

We can continue to be caretakers of the environment in several ways. Whenever we order take-out food, we can resort to reusable utensils at home rather than the disposable plastic utensils that come with food packaging. We can also avoid using straws or buying massive amounts of plastic water bottles — and instead buy a water purifier to use at home.

Through small steps like these, we can continue our daily walk in compassion and consideration for those around us and for our environment. Once again, thank you to those of you working and staying positive during these times, and please remember to be environmentally-conscious and maintain the proper steps to remain clean and safe!

David Yoon

Greenville

Sept. 12 again

A few months ago I remember reading a post where someone said they would never wish for anything like another Sept. 11, 2001, but that they longed for the America of Sept. 12. We united as a nation to thwart the enemy, repair the damage and heal together. That terrorist attack was unprecedented. Nothing like that had ever happened to our country. But we rallied together, made sacrifices and did whatever it took to help the victims.

And here we are again. An unprecedented crisis that none of us have ever experienced. A chance for us to show the love we have for each other. What America needs right now is for people to make a personal sacrifice. We are losing our dads, our moms, our close friends. We need everyone to heed these warnings or all of these deaths will continue to be in vain.

How many lives lost will it take for America to wake up? What certain number are we waiting for? So many more lives needlessly wasted. America, stop being arrogant and realize that we are not immune! Open your eyes to what is happening in Italy. Take a break from watching the videos of them singing from their balconies and read about what’s happening in their hospitals. We are following their exact timeline.

Stop trying to live like you can’t be inconvenienced. Don’t worry about the economy. We have to get the disease under control first and when it passes we can rebuild. Just like we did on Sept. 12, 2001. First we had to stop those planes from flying into buildings, killing Americans. Then we took a deep breath, rolled up our sleeves and started picking up the pieces. You longed for another opportunity to come together as a nation and here it is.

Angela Goddard

Winterville

Old-time medicine

Every year from 1963 to 2011 when I practiced family medicine and surgery in small cities and towns in places like Welch, W.Va., Berlin, Wis., and Zephyrhills, Fla., we had epidemics of the flu that overloaded our hospitals, and I alone with one or two other doctors handled it nicely 24/7 month after month. There was no Tamiflu. There were no vaccines. There were only a few respirators and ventilators.

I signed most of the death certificates on the one line they had with the principal illness of the patient, which was along with old age one of the big three illnesses, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. There was no space for contributing illness, which of course would be the flu, sometimes. Today America’s politicians and their hired experts, most of whom never actually treated patients, are telling us, “This is the worse epidemic or pandemic in America’s history.” In the words of most patients I treated in Appalachia, “I don’t think they know what they are doing.”

I bet that that I or any one of the old-time family doctors could handle this entire country with little or no testing, quarantining or shutting down of the economy or schools with one hand tied behind our backs. Period!

Robert D. Piat, M.D.

Winterville

A dangerous thing

Now, Mr. Miller (Public Forum, March 24), you praise “Communist Party” China’s dealing with the coronavirus as “not bad,” but condemn “socialist” Italy’s efforts as what you consider the typical failure of socialist regimes. You do realize, I hope, that China has a socialist system. And no, Ms. Gurganus (Public Forum, March 24), “We the People” did not elect the Trumpster; Putin’s puppet received 3 million fewer votes than Mrs. Clinton. As Alexander Pope said, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” Wonder what Pope would have thought about total ignorance?

Tinsley Yarbrough

Greenville

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.