If there is any hope of convincing those who fear the Covid vaccines to change their minds, politicians like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and journalists like the Washington Post’s Helaine Olen need to step aside and remain quiet. They are part of the problem, not the solution.
Nicole Johnson, a staff pediatrician at Cleveland’s highly regarded Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, is the rare physician who not only dares to speak truth to power, she shouts it. It’s a potential career-ending move and given that Johnson loves her job and still paying back medical school loans, her outspokenness is even more daring.
New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones accused the University of North Carolina of racism for failing to offer her a tenured positioned from the get-go and called for “transparency around the tenure debacle that led us here.” As part of that transparency, Howard University should publicly disclose the offer that lured Hannah-Jones to the historically Black college.
I’m an avid reader of news publications, which wears on the soul and often puts me in a foul mood. When Friday night rolls along, I read my friend Allan Lengel’s weekly inspirational message and I’m reminded there is still a lot of good in the world and the importance of laughter.