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Reader's View: Think of this as a dress rehearsal for climate change

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Generally, I don’t think politics and pandemics should mix, but because of an unending parade of misinformation from the president, I have to suggest that readers do not get coronavirus information from him.

I’ve been trying to pay attention to the president, because, well, he’s the president. But the torrent of untruths has been too much. If you don’t believe me, take a little time to find out for yourself. Check with some reputable sources like the CDC, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota.

As of now, I don’t detect any sign that we are “flattening the curve.” The lines in the graphs are still on a steep ascent for the U.S. and most other infected countries.

If we do manage to gain control, I like to think of this as a dress rehearsal for the climate disruptions we will be facing in the coming decades. By mid-century we are likely to be called upon to act on threats we can’t even imagine yet. It’s not just going to be rising sea levels, scientists predict a cascade of weather events like hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, lightning storms, blizzards, droughts, heat spells, floods, downpours, cold fronts, high-pressure ridges, and more. You get the picture.

In my mind, if there is any one thing I see us all learning during the current crisis, it is that we have to work together and think of the well-being of everyone above our own personal interests. If we can do that, we might well come out of this with a better, more equal society. I hope that’s not just a pipe dream.

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Guy Roger

Isle, Minnesota

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