• Cheers to the health care workers who are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these workers are preparing for the worst to come with inadequate equipment. There is a scramble to outfit medical personnel with masks. In some cases, personnel have been encouraged to reuse masks and even continue working if they feel ill. Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital has put a call out for personal protection equipment. All the while, many of those giving advice can indulge themselves with self-quarantine. First responders, such as the police departments, fire departments and ambulance services are also being asked to protect and serve. Each time they are asked to serve they are putting themselves in another layer of harm’s way in an already demanding and dangerous job. We owe these people and their families a debt of thanks.
• Jeers to the political aspect of coronavirus. It raises its ugly head every day and we are becoming worse for it. Whether it be Congress struggling to finish the latest stimulus deal because of special interests or Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick willingness to sacrifice our grandparent’s and parent’s health on the altar of a healthier economy. Patrick might have his chance quickly if President Trump moves forward to reopen the economy by Easter. Let’s listen to the doctors on this one.
— Michael Pineda