Less divided on politics
The political divisions that separate us will not be bridged any time soon. They are firmly rooted in suspicion and contempt; they delved into the pandemic as we locked down, masked up, and stayed 6 feet apart.
He hardened the practice, not recognized as rude, of rushing past others, without making eye contact or joking.
A reboot is needed, and an easy place to start is right outside our doors. In the spirit of initiating a reboot, greet people on the street with eye contact, a smile, and a “buenos dias” or “good morning.” They are good manners. It is small and costs nothing. It can mean a lot to them! Maybe we can become better neighbors to each other again if we just practice being a good neighbor. And maybe, just maybe, in time, we can become less divided again.
Randi Luoto, Seattle
do what brings you joy
I have been telling everyone I can to keep the commitments they have already made between now and January 1st. But schedule as many meetings, deadlines, and other commitments as you can until after the first of the year.
Also, get a good calendar. A planner with colors that speak to you, new pens, whatever will make scheduling fun.
Finally, schedule time over the next few weeks to think about what brings you joy and make time for that. Sitting down with your first cup of coffee in the morning and the ambient light of a candle, snowshoeing on a Saturday, stopping at a favorite wine shop when they have a wine tasting.
Anne Anderson, Milton
Trust pets and friends.
This is a particularly bad time for me. I have no family. My husband died of dementia about 6 years ago. I am losing a close friend to cognitive problems and another to cancer. I’m the grumpy old lady who lives alone with a wonderful dog and few friends. Family is the “F” word! Loneliness is acute and although it will always be there, it is omnipresent come the holidays!
End TB globally
There are many divisive issues that dominate our national politics. However, there is one vital global issue that enjoys bipartisan support: the End TB Now Act (SB 3386).
Until COVID came along, tuberculosis was the most infectious killer. Decades of progress in tuberculosis control were interrupted by the pandemic. It is essential to return to normality before millions more lives are lost.
The bill calls for the specific allocation of existing resources for TB treatment and prevention.
Thanks to Rep. Derek Kilmer for signing off on the House version (HR 8654). We ask that you contact Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and ask them to sign this life-saving bill.
Leslie and Michael Boyer, Bremerton
Our students deserve and need to feel safe at school in order to learn. As the committees discuss ways to make this happen, I have one request: Listen to the students, ask them about the ways they feel safe! Include them in planning groups.
I am a retired Certified School Nurse, 27 years in this position. I loved it, I did my best and I miss being with the students and learning from them.
While the committees are talking about how much additional security costs, how about some simple and inexpensive ways to get started?
Locks should be installed on interior classroom doors and window coverings added. Turning off the lights, locking the doors, students sitting on the floor, silent, can save lives.
Mary Kathryn Myers, MPH RN, Kent