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All letters to Editor, Jan. 1, 2021:
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All letters to Editor, Jan. 1, 2021:

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Mask-wearing policy evolves with dangers

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Mac Perkinson’s recent Letter to the Editor about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s early mask-wearing policy got my attention when he wrote that Fauci told us time and time again that wearing a mask was not a good idea. Yes — I did forget that Fauci said those words. The more time passed, the more Fauci learned and the more he kept us up to date with the latest research. That’s what experts do. They constantly update information. Perkinson goes on to say that President Donald Trump embraced Fauci’s early mask advice, and we all know where that led us. Could Trump not update his information? I am grateful that Fauci will be around in the new year.

Susan Keadle.

Moseley.

Past election, changes leave voter skeptical

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I appreciate the explanation from Gwen Ellyson in a recent Letter to the Editor concerning an earlier letter that I submitted. The forms we received, destroyed and trashed might have been voter applications rather than ballots.

But the main message that I was trying to convey was that many of us are still very skeptical of the voting process that went on this year, such as: many states not checking signatures on mail-in ballots, postage marks missing and voting rules that changed just a few months before the election, which were not changed by the state legislature as required by the U.S. Constitution. For many of us to believe in the integrity of future elections, changes will need to require more oversight by both parties, not just the one in power in that city or county.

Sandra Crowe.

Providence Forge.

Florida vaccine system

aids high-risk people

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I am a physician and work part-time for the commonwealth of Virginia. I am also 65 years old. I happen to be in Florida now. While watching television in Orlando, I was realized that anybody 65 years or older in Orlando can preregister to get a COVID-19 vaccination on the same day at the local convention center. I have physician friends who have received their vaccine for the coronavirus at the hospital, and I am thrilled that they are being protected. What about the rest of us — first responders, medical examiners, funeral service personnel, people over 65 years of age? If Florida can make this happen so soon, what is the problem in Virginia? Come on Virginia, prioritize the vaccine and get it out to folks who will benefit the most.

Leah Bush.

New Kent.

Finding virus test site proves impossible

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Boy, Virginia sure is on top of things. My wife developed COVID-19 symptoms, so we tried to find a testing site. Good luck on that. Ten months into this pandemic, getting a test in a reasonable amount of time can’t happen. Then, if you are lucky enough to find a facility, it takes three to four days to get results.

Then you watch news and they show lines and lines and lines of cars waiting from two to four hours for you to get a rapid test.

What a total screw-up.

Rick Ciferno.

Mechanicsville.

Anti-Trump protesters must avoid inauguration

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

When the U.S. Congress certifies the election results on Jan. 6 for President-elect Joe Biden, significant numbers of President Donald Trump supporters likely will mount public protests and demonstrations, which Trump has encouraged. Groups that under normal circumstances would be inclined to counterprotest (e.g., Black Lives Matter, antifa) should stay home. Counterprotesters would risk violence and, even worse, they would play right into Trump’s hand. As David Ignatius pointed out in a recent column in a Washington newspaper, there are two remaining scenarios that might enable Trump to remain in power through the invocation of emergency powers: an international crisis, such as an outbreak of conflict with Iran, and a breakdown of domestic law and order. In the latter case, Trump supporters are powerless to overturn the election through one-sided demonstrations. However, if counterprotesters come out in force and violence erupts — as it did on Dec. 12 during the Proud Boys demonstrations — Trump could use that violence as an excuse to declare a national emergency and as justification to try to remain in office beyond Jan. 20, with potentially disastrous consequences for our democracy.

Bottom line: There is nothing to be gained and much to be lost by confronting pro-Trump demonstrators prior to the inauguration. Anti-Trump factions should play it smart and stay home.

Robert Nutwell.

Williamsburg.

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