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Endemic COVID op-edpush wishful thinking
D. “Endemic Covid-19: cause for celebration, no dismay”, page A13, December 26:
Dr Pearl probably understands the current risks of COVID-19, but paints an overly rosy picture when he suggests we are all “celebrating the accomplishment.”
Of the three points raised, vaccination is important and stands out as reasonable, but the idea that “the number of deaths will decrease with endemicity” and “the probability of dying from endemic COVID-19 will be 90 to 95 % lower than at the start of 2020 âboth are false hopes.
This pandemic is caused by a virus that we have never dealt with before. It is not the flu and will never be like the flu in the pathogenesis of his disease. We all need to understand how dangerous and mistaken these assumptions, like the earlier assumptions that 70% of vaccinees provide “herd immunity”, are. Vigilance is the only way to get through this pandemic. Only the future can tell what effects may have endemicity.
Ed MocarskiProfessor Emeritus, Microbiology & ImmunologyStanford University School of Medicine
Diffusion of solar energy more important than profit
D. âRooftop Solar Program Steals Poor Peopleâ, page A6, December 22:
The $ 57 per month fee that PG&E wants to charge solar panel owners like me will kill our return on investment and deter future installations.
Please be on the side of the homeowners, not some greedy PG&E who wants to dissuade people from installing solar panels on their roofs and saving the environment. It’s just a reality that PG&E needs to adapt its operations to the new model of power generation instead of keeping a legacy organization. If we wanted to preserve an industry, we would still drive carriages to protect the forge and carriage industries.
Let us be true citizens of the 21st century and think globally about our future and that of our children. Protecting PG&E income is not the solution. The solution is to protect homeowners who spend their money to protect the environment.
Gerard BerthetSan jose
The state has an interest in increasing solar energy
It is unfortunate that your recent rooftop solar editorial (“Rooftop Solar Program Steals from the Poor”, page A6, December 22) focused on the misleading talking points of the utility industry. and failed to balance the article with the facts of solar energy advocates. .
Given the dire predictions of climate change, it’s unreasonable for anyone to try to make it harder for homeowners and tenants to take more advantage of this abundant and renewable source of energy.
The State of California should keep the growth of rooftop solar and battery storage, and make it more equitable so that millions of working-class households and communities, including renters, have access to solar energy over the next few years.
David wildeSan jose
In America we’re due for a year of optimism
America is not perfect, but America is good. The overwhelming majority of Americans are people of good will.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough wrote in 2017, âYes, we have a lot of cause for serious concern, a lot of things need to be fixed, improved or removed. But the vitality and creative energy, basic decency, tolerance and insistence on truth, and the kindness of the American people are still there, clearly. “
America is the freest, fairest, and least racist nation on the planet. Let us resolve to make 2022 a year of optimism and hope. Good year.
Peter CampbellSan jose
Declining population growth is cause for celebration
The story of the decline in US population growth was good news. (âUS Population Growth at Lowest Rate in Year 1 of Pandemic,â page A4, December 22) The tone of the article was not welcome which implied that fewer people are a bad thing. If this trend were to accelerate and spread across the globe, it would be good for humans and all other life on the planet.
Almost 8 billion humans on earth today have exerted unbearable pressure on the planet. We have life changing climate change, collapsing fisheries, dying coral reefs, an uncontrolled extinction of species, destroyed forests, garbage everywhere, with more plastic than wild animals on the planet and toxic pollution that spreads.
The truth is that a small human population is our last and best hope for survival.
Once we get past the older high fertility generations and encourage a balanced and less crowded world, it will be good for everyone. Fewer people can lead richer lives on this planet if the numbers balance out with the rest of the natural world.
Peak TinaPalo Alto