Amer­ica is late to act on warn­ings

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OPINIONS -

EDI­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

Amer­i­cans are not good at an­tic­i­pa­tion and pre­ven­tion of calamity. We do not value plan­ning and pre­ven­tive in­vest­ment along­side fund­ing the here and now.

Se­ri­ous harm from global warm­ing, the fed­eral deficit and now the coro­n­avirus pan­demic are all un­der­stood and avoid­able. But this re­quires act­ing on these warn­ings.

Health plan­ners within the fed­eral bu­reau­cracy stud­ied many pan­demic sce­nar­ios, un­der­stood the range of im­pacts and de­tailed rec­om­men­da­tions to pre­pare and pre­vent. Tal­ented govern­ment work­ers out­lined the path to pre­vent calamity. Why are they of­ten called waste­ful, face­less bu­reau­crats?

Plan­ning for our fu­ture oc­curs across all lev­els of govern­ment and pri­vate in­dus­try. Our knowl­edge and options are un­der­stood. When will we value them and act?

TOM JACOBSON.

VIR­GINIA COM­MON­WEALTH UNIVER­SITY AD­JUNCT IN­STRUC­TOR OF UR­BAN PLAN­NING. FORMER CH­ESTER­FIELD COUNTY PLAN­NING DIREC­TOR.

MIDLOTHIAN.

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