Seeking Action on Climate, Pay and the E.R.A.

To the Editor:

The public must not sit back and let Democrats in Washington do the heavy lifting. If people want voting rights protected, their bridges and roads repaired, the minimum wage raised, child care supported, student debt reduced or forgiven — the list goes on — then people must let their senators and representatives in Congress know. Call them, write them, demand town meetings and do not let up. They want your votes, but those votes must be earned.

Public pressure is the only thing that will get results. All must do their share.

Martha D. Trowbridge
New York

To the Editor:

Re “President to Send 500 Million Doses to Nations in Need” (front page, June 10):

During a virtual conference with colleagues from around the globe, I used the past tense in referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, and was politely corrected. While life in the United States often feels post-pandemic (it is not), much of the rest of the world is experiencing the depressing, frightening and deadly acceleration of Covid-19 that overwhelmed America for much of the last 15 months. I have rarely felt so embarrassed by my own implicit smugness.

The Biden administration’s decision to provide 500 million vaccines to other countries is bold, and shows leadership. While only a down payment on equitable global access, this action acknowledges that we will not be safe from this pandemic until everyone in the world has access to vaccines.

Millions of Americans scorn the miracle that is universal access to Covid-19 vaccines; the rest of the world is desperate for such a miracle. The Biden administration should be applauded for providing hope, no matter where we live, that there will be a time when we can actually be post-pandemic.

Joshua R. Ginsberg
Millbrook, N.Y.
The writer is president of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

To the Editor:

Re “Billions in Aid, but the Migrants Keep Coming” (front page, June 6):

I was disappointed to read your assertion that “expanded aid programs have failed to stem migration” from Central America. The real story is that we haven’t made sustained, committed investments to address the broader regional challenge.

In 2019, the United States suspended aid to the region after having already cut assistance to the region by nearly 30 percent over the three previous years, predictably disrupting our influence and leverage to make a positive difference.

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