Rose: Help doctor’s fight COVID-19. Fill out an advance directive

You’re likely sitting at home. Just like millions of others. Not to be confused with laziness, you are selflessly fulfilling your duty to country, family and neighbor alike by social distancing. As a physician on the front lines, I thank you for this act of caring. But if my news feed is any barometer, I also suspect that boredom is setting in. Likewise based on my inbox, many of you are longing for another way to help fight this epidemic. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Why are nurses unions protesting hospitals?

Health care workers are the heroes of the coronavirus crisis. They’re the ones “running into the burning buildings instead of out,” as just about everyone said regarding firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11. The doctors and nurses and orderlies who show up every day, work double- and triple-shifts treating the sick and searching for a cure deserve our thoughts and prayers and gratitude. Unfortunately, there’s always a bad apple or two lying around that threaten to spoil the bushel. America is dealing with a severe shortage of critical medical supplies needed to deal with the novel coronavirus. (Wash Times)

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Ignatius: Trump’s dismissal of competent officials is an attack on accountability

President Trump’s vengeful dismissal Friday of the intelligence community’s inspector general was part of a relentless campaign — waged even in the midst of the pandemic — against people and institutions that can hold him accountable. Critics often describe Trump as disruptive, erratic and poorly focused. But in concentrating on these weaknesses, opponents understate Trump’s success in using power aggressively to reward his friends and hurt his enemies, perhaps more than any president since Lyndon B. Johnson. (Wash Post)

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Overton: The CDC must end its silence on the racial impact of covid-19

The early data suggest that the covid-19 pandemic is hitting black communities particularly hard. As of Monday, African Americans made up 27 percent of the population in Milwaukee County, Wis., but 70 percent of its covid-19 deaths. In Chicago: 30 percent of the population but 69 percent of deaths. And in Louisiana, the disparity is 32 percent and 70 percent. A similar divide can be seen in Michigan, where African Americans make up 14 percent of the population and, as of last Friday, accounted for 40 percent of covid-19 deaths. (Wash Post)

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Petri: People made the ultimate sacrifice for you to vote. Shouldn’t you do the same?

Of course you have the right to vote! Just because you are required to stand in a long line (for example, at one of five polling locations for more than a half-million people, where formerly there were 180) for hours on end in the middle of a pandemic does not mean that you do not have the right. (Wash Post)

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Heuvel: After this pandemic passes, America needs a reckoning with its national security

After this pandemic passes, there must be a profound reckoning. I’m not referring to President Trump’s abysmal performance in the crisis; the election in November will render citizens’ judgment on that. No, there must be a reckoning with the profound failure of the United States’ domestic and foreign policies and priorities, a failure that was apparent even before covid-19 revealed the catastrophic bankruptcy of our national security strategy. (Wash Post)

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Editorial: Our ‘hardest and saddest’ week: What to do and what not to do

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, the nation’s surgeon general, has predicted the coming week may well prove a generation-defining moment for the United States. Appearing on a Sunday morning network news program, he foresaw it as the “the hardest and the saddest” so far of the COVID-19 pandemic in lives lost, and compared it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. (Balt Sun)

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Hrabowski: Note from UMBC president to 2020 graduates

Suspending commencement plans for this spring was clearly the right thing to do. Even before Maryland’s governor shut down such gatherings and issued a stay-at-home order in our state, my University of Maryland, Baltimore County colleagues and I agreed it was necessary, whether thinking broadly about public health or the safety of our graduating students and their families. That didn’t make sharing this news with the Class of 2020 any easier. (Balt Sun)

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