We live in Texas, but we feel safe from COVID in California

For the publisher: As residents of Texas, we are not proud of our state given our governor’s actions against mask warrants, especially in schools. As a result, our hospitals are at their breaking point. Although local authorities have tried to implement strong public health measures, they have been sued by our governor. (“Biden enters the growing battle between red states and blue cities,” August 20)

Why do we write this? We decided we had to leave Houston for part of the summer. There, the heat and humidity can be unbearable, so we took a month-long road trip from San Diego to Mendocino County.

We feel so much safer in California, I’m sorry to say. Here we see everyone dressed in masks and acting politely to each other. Everyone we know takes COVID-19 seriously; they don’t want to get sick or be a super-spreader.

Californians tend to have a bad rap, but it can’t impress us anymore. You have treated us with kindness, dignity and respect. You are polite and generous. You are proud of your cities and your state, and you should be. Your respect for the environment energizes us to become even more aware global citizens.

So we write to thank you for welcoming us, respecting the virus, and teaching the rest of the world how to behave in the face of a pandemic. Don’t let anyone ever rain on your parade.

Milton and Kathie Magness, Houston

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For the publisher: Should it really be that hard to keep children safe in this country?

To appease their supporters, conservative governors in the red states are threatening school districts with funding cuts if schools are to follow the guidelines of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Incredibly, parents are also looking for ways to evade mask warrants.

If conservative political leaders do not protect students and parents do not protect their own children, what chance do they have of learning in a safe environment?

Students have become political pawns. Hurting them for political gain should be a crime. We can roll our eyes and say “this is politics,” but this game is deadly.

Donna Sloan, Los Angeles