Protect our first responders

For more than 20 years, in my former role as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency response team, I have worked on several natural and man-made disasters.

Even as Trump demands respect from governors, he smears them

The man in the White House who plays a leader on TV pitched another fit, this time at governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo who, desperate for aid to save their citizens’ lives, had the gall to press Washington to send more respirators from the federal stockpile and deliver other aid on something better than the sluggish pace so far established.

Hospital response and preparation for COVID-19

As the only acute hospital in the East Hawaii Region, we, along with our communities, are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19pandemic. I want to share with you what we are doing on the local level to prepare for this global emergency.

Stiffed by the stimulus: The surprising group left out of the coronavirus rescue bill

The $2 trillion stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump on Friday provides enormous loans to airlines and other businesses as well as rebates of $1,200 to most low- and middle-income U.S. adults. But the legislation bars an important group from receiving rebates: elderly and disabled adults who are financially dependent on family members. The result is that the largest aid package in U.S. history gives nothing at all to millions of people in the population segment most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus can’t conquer the Olympic spirit

After announcing that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach expressed his hope that both events can be held next summer at the same venues and that they will be “a celebration of humanity, for having overcome this unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

US must come to the rescue of health providers

There is no question that health providers are the front-line heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. The integrity, selflessness and sheer bravery needed to deliver care in the midst of a highly infectious disease with no proven treatment or cure is awe-inspiring.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the coronavirus truth teller we need. Let him do his work

One of President Donald Trump’s smartest moves in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was naming Dr. Anthony Fauci to the White House’s coronavirus task force. The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci is a public health hero who has led the agency through six presidents and won’t bend the facts or deny science to appease egos.