Jan Malcolm, Walz’s emergency powers, St. Paul’s police union, COVID malaise – .

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Jan Malcolm, Walz’s emergency powers, St. Paul’s police union, COVID malaise – .


I am truly ashamed of the November 28 letter by using the fact that Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm did not have time to meet a state senator as proof that she must resign (“The Hour of Sacrifice”, readers write).

Malcolm’s appointment, announced in early 2018, was, according to the same newspaper, “greeted with rare and almost universal applause at the State Capitol, where lawmakers from both parties praised his political acumen and letters. of nobility ”.

That same story indicated that she had taken over as head of the department as the opioid epidemic ravaged Minnesotans and there was a giant backlog of complaints against senior care homes, among other challenges. Oh yeah, and then she faced the pandemic – working tirelessly for all of us.

I have not met a single state senator. I think she was just a little busy, don’t you think?

Julie C. Michener, Minneapolis

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Our brother, Jim Lord, was State Senator (1972-1975) and then our Minnesota State Treasurer (1975-1983). During his tenure as the two, we don’t recall any state official complaining publicly that another state official failed to arrange a meeting with them.

Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller is complaining because Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm only contacted him to meet with him very recently. So why hasn’t he contacted her? She has been a little busy, working 24/7 to save lives. Let us be adults in the legislature and do not continue to reject women in government. We, women and men, are watching …

Virginia Lord, Minneapolis, and Priscilla Lord, Edina

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I could not disagree more with the author of the letter who said that Malcolm should resign from his post. Although they have filed this action for now, I have been deeply concerned about Republican lawmakers’ demand to fire the commissioner. Despite their persistent complaints, I have heard no specific reason why these lawmakers believe she has betrayed our state and its citizens. Has she been too vigilant or too lax in the face of the scourge of COVID? Has she been too truthful about the facts and evidence, or has she promoted lies about the severity of the virus or its possible cures? Has she worked hard to put preventive measures in place and ensure the security of all sectors and regions of our state, or has she favored the most powerful and provocative voices?

When we face not only the lingering threat of the delta variant, but the entry of the omicron strain as well, why the hell should a loyal, truthful and tireless public servant be threatened with dismissal or forced to resign? What interests would it serve? Certainly not for the common good.

Elaine Sloan, Vallée d’or

WALZ EMERGENCY POWERS

Republicans want to push back the emergency powers of Governor Tim Walz because of “mandate fatigue” from their constituents (“Walz’s powers targeted by the GOP”, November 26). I’m so sorry Republican voters are fed up with… what exactly? Being forced to wear a mask or get vaccinated that could prevent someone’s death? What a terrible tax!

In case you forgot, 9,500 Minnesotans have died from COVID. Over 780,000 Americans have died. They no longer have to worry about warrants.

How high will the number of bodies be before their constituents have “fatal fatigue”? A million? Five million? A member of the family ? Two family members? Will another 9,000 Minnesotans have to die before Republicans finally tell their constituents to stop whining and get the shot?

Gary Maher, Minneapolis

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After reading the front page article “Walz’s Powers Targeted by GOP,” I wondered why the GOP isn’t just trying to make infectious diseases illegal. I mean, that would be just as effective in protecting the citizens of Minnesota from infectious diseases like COVID-19 as what the GOP is now proposing.

Wayne Ode, St. Charles, Minn.

POLICE UNION

Let me tell you a real story of why I resent the St. Paul Police Federation and agencies like these that resist COVID vaccination warrants due to ‘personal choice’. (“St. Paul Police Sue for Warrant”, Nov. 27). These people’s great desire for their selfish “personal choice” deprives my 88-year-old stepfather of a bed in his local hospital where he has just been rushed because of a serious bacterial infection. No beds were available locally simply because anti-vaccine workers believed their “personal choice” was so much more important than the good of the community. So Dad had to be transported 52 miles to find an available bed.

What will his 87-year-old wife do to support him? She will have to drive home and back every day he is there. That says nothing about the extra time medical drivers and their ambulance have had to spend transporting at this time when all medical facilities and staff are overworked (“Beds are always at peak demand in the midst of the outbreak. COVID Report ”, November 27). Is Your “Personal Choice” Really Worth It All?

Lucyan Mech, Lauderdale

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It was both ironic and deeply disturbing to read that the St. Paul Police Union is pursuing the town’s mask mandate on the same day, the front page of the Star Tribune reported serious concerns expressed by experts in the worldwide about a new variant of COVID-19. Most disturbing was the union’s justification for its lawsuit: “We have no choice… but to do everything we can to work on behalf of all of our members and the citizens of Saint-Paul. Indeed, their refusal to be vaccinated puts the public and themselves in danger. A sicker and more ridiculous understanding of “personal freedom” is hard to imagine.

Jack Nelson Pallmeyer, Minneapolis

COVID

And now a new word in my ever-expanding vocabulary: omicron. Oh joy. This adds to the long line of terms that started with “coronavirus”, replaced by “COVID-19”. In addition, there are EUAs, SARS-CoV-2, remdesivir, ivermectin, and hydroxychloroquine.

I experienced vocabulary expansion and new approaches in medical testing, where I could choose to have my brain dabbed through the nostril or spit in front of my laptop where a woman could practice. to keep spitting.

Then, last April or June, those of us who got vaccinated breathed relief, optimism and joy, which lasted exactly five minutes. It had been a happy, albeit naive, moment. Then delta. Far from the sweet joy. Always mask. Boost yourself.

And now… (wait)… (drumbeat)… omicron! Come to a town near you.

Is there a number I can call, someone to talk to?

[Numerous beeping sounds.]

Operator: Thank you for calling 1-800-IMSICKOFCOVID; How can I help you?

Me: Uh, I’m really sick of this pandemic.

Operator: Uh huh.

Me, please. Stop that.

Operator: Sorry, I can’t do it. Nothing else?

Me: What do you mean, no can do? What good is this 1-800-IMSICKOFCOVID?

Operator: You call, you tell me you’re fed up, I’m listening.

Me: Hmm. Can I complain about anything else while I have you online?

Operator: I’m here until 5:00 p.m. you have that far. Go ahead, get it off your chest. But I don’t sympathize.

[Seven hours later …]

Me: OK, I guess that’s it. I can’t think of anything else.

Operator: Okay. Good day! [Click.]

If you need to complain but you try this number and it doesn’t work, pick up your phone, pretend someone is listening to you, and complain as much as you want. It is all I have. That, and a nod of agreement that it’s really, really hard.

Sybil Axner, Minneapolis

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