Imagine a lifeguard on duty who sees and hears someone in deep water screaming for help, the column says. What if instead of doing his or her best to save that person, the lifeguard recites some truisms about the importance of protecting individual liberty and personal responsibility?
Wouldn't we condemn that lifeguard's inaction? Why so? Because when they see someone in peril, lifeguards have a special duty to act?
Like Herbert Hoover, who as president wouldn't do the things that needed to be done to help the nation's economy dig out of the Depression, Stitt won't do the things necessary for the state to stem the deadly advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the column says.
Multiple factors are driving the rise of intimate partner violence (sometimes referred to as domestic violence) and family violence during COVID-19, the column says. Among them are social distancing measures to reduce virus transmission such as working from home, school closures and a decrease in social gatherings. A resulting increase in isolation is a major risk factor for violence. Another factor associated with intimate partner and family violence is unemployment and financial stress.
As the nation’s growing hunger crisis touches the veterans who have protected our nation, Congress has the opportunity to protect our service members from hunger, the column says. The Food Bank urges our lawmakers to create a Military Families Basic Needs Allowance and include it in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.