Article’s claims need more investigation
Wednesday’s online article “Man indicted for rioting, shooting fireworks at police during Columbus protests”, stated that a homeless man “is accused of firing commercial-grade fireworks at police officers during a protest in May.”
First, let me correct The Dispatch: it was a riot, not a protest. Second, I must ask where a homeless man got “commercial-grade” fireworks. I have many resources, and don’t know where or how to get any offhand. If The Dispatch is correct and these were “commercial-grade,” it’s clear that someone else with means and motive well beyond mine planned for and supplied these. Who was that? Let’s not let the reporting stop here.
Adam Frix, Columbus
City Council should butt out of drink choice
I was shocked when I read in Wednesday’s Dispatch that Columbus City Council now requires restaurants to list only “healthy” drinks on their kids’ menus. With the many problems in Columbus, did they think that snooping into what kids drink in restaurants is of upmost importance? Isn’t this up to the kid’s parents? Or did they really think and analyze it at all?
Just who is going to enforce it? Will we have “menu police” and at what cost? Also, I looked up the calories in various drinks and found that a typical 12-ounce soft drink contains about 140 calories, while a 12-ounce “healthy” orange or apple juice contains 60 calories! What is next Council, limiting what adults can eat, since there are a lot of overweight people?
Wayne M. Kaser, Columbus
Vaccine is our ticket back to normal life
The distribution of safe, excellent vaccines at home and abroad has given me cause for hope at last. I am a husband, dad, friend, and pediatrician. I’ve seen COVID-19 and kept pace with COVID research. The hugeness of this moment cannot be overstated. It will forever change us. This is our escape route — our only escape route.
For months I hoped for a safe and even modestly effective vaccine. What we got instead are several vaccines that are both safe and effective beyond my wildest dreams.
I like the winter solstice. Although I can’t perceive the change, it’s comforting to know that every day is getting longer. The vaccines’ effects will be similarly imperceptible at first. Make no mistake: They are fighting the pandemic day in, day out. Paired with responsible social behaviors, hospitalization and then death rates will eventually decline, followed by daily cases. At the end of this cascade waits the world we once knew: hugging loved ones, revitalization of businesses, birthday parties, get-togethers for no good reason!
People share concerns about these vaccines. Yes, the process has been inspirationally quick. Let’s be clear: Standard scientific methods and safeguards were not sacrificed. This is the right move for me, my family, and our community. Let’s get out of this pandemic. Together.
John Lazar, Columbus
Lawmakers should answer for HB 6
Kudos to Mary Mogan Edwards for the excellent Wednesday column “Dump HB 6: Bad bailout, worse energy policy”.
It prompted me to immediately email my state senator, Stephanie Kunz, and ask exactly what Edwards proposed: 1) do you support HB 6 and/or HB 798 and 2) why or why not?
I’ve not yet received a response.
Elaine Hairston, Columbus