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For safety's sake, slow down at the split

I am seriously concerned about the safety of people in their automobiles as well as the construction workers at the I-24/I-75 split.

I drive through that area frequently and experience "near collisions" each time. Traffic, especially 18-wheelers, do not pay any attention to the 45 mph posted speed limit. I have had a lot of "close calls" with the speeders. No one is slowing down.

Where are the police? There are a lot of posted speed limit signs, but I never see any police, city or state , patrolling. I pray that people reading this will decide to slow down in this work area. We don't need any more lives lost.

This is a serious situation. Please slow down, for the sake of your own life as well as for other lives.

M.C. Tolbert

 

Wisconsin spectacle can be prevented

The challenge of dealing with a novel virus is what we don't know. For example, 1) we don't know who's at risk of serious or fatal complications. Plenty of young, healthy people are ending up in ICUs. 2) Ongoing problems with diagnostic and antibody testing mean we don't know who's potentially contagious or immune. 3) We don't know how widespread the contagion will be in the months ahead. The CDC has warned of a surge this fall.

Here is what we do know: 1) Tennessee has elections in August and November. 2) Gov. Bill Lee said social distancing will be a way of life in Tennessee until a vaccine is found. 3) Secretary of State Tre Hargett requested and received $8 million from Congress to protect voters' and poll workers' health in 2020. 4) Lee and Hargett refuse to implement no-excuse absentee voting, claiming that it will lead to voter fraud, despite the fact that there is no statistically significant data to support that claim. Historically, Tennessee has an absentee voter fraud percentage of zero.

So far, Tennessee's elections plans are looking a lot like Wisconsin's. If you want to avoid a similar scenario, email Bill.Lee@tn.gov; Tre.Hargett@tn.gov; and Mark.Goins@tn.gov.

Allison Reilly Gorman

 

Progress in research offers glimmers of hope

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 here in the United States, I have spent a lot of time worrying about my immune-compromised stepfather as well as the immunocompromised population as a whole. On top of dealing with the typical issues of age and an autoimmune disease, there is the now the added danger of coronavirus and the additional levels of quarantining required for such a population.

I worry about his physical health given we now live in a world where coming within 6 feet of the wrong person could spell countless problems, but I also worrying about his mental health. The same for all those grappling with the same issues. Spending weeks upon weeks in isolation is not natural. The fear caused by a global pandemic can take a serious toll on even the most mentally tough among us.

I am happy to start to see some of our country reopening, but the reality is the country will not truly reopen until a vaccine is discovered and our immune compromised and aging population feel safe. Ultimately, a vaccine is the only way everyone can get back to normal.

I feel fortunate that my family lives close by and that the United States has the best and most robust private pharmaceutical industry in the world. To date, the United States pharmaceutical industry has already started clinical trials for hundreds of potential treatments for COVID-19. This progress gives me hope.

C. Thompson

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