Opinion | ‘Hold On for a Little While Longer’

A reader appeals to grandparents to keep wearing masks and set a good example. Also: The work of mothers.

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To the Editor:

Re “Biden Implores States to Revive Mask Mandate” (front page, March 30):

President Biden and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, call upon state officials and citizens to continue to use masks and social distancing to curb the virus’s troubling upswing just as vaccination schedules move forward.

Let us appeal to grandparents (I am one) and other relatives and friends — all the brokenhearted coast to coast who have not been able to see grandchildren and other family members — to take up their courage and broadcast their ability to “hold on for a little while longer” (Dr. Walensky’s words).

Such a decision might help turn Dr. Walensky’s narrative of “impending doom” and serve, ultimately, as an ethical model for those grandchildren.

Karen Ready
Portland, Ore.

‘Every Mother Is a Working Mother’

To the Editor:

Re “Why Are We Worrying About Women’s Work?” (Opinion, nytimes.com, March 19):

As a former Arby’s employee, I was glad that Elizabeth Bruenig questioned those who promote the importance of “standing behind the counter at Arby’s” over being a stay-at-home mother. Does forcing mothers on welfare to leave infants as young as six weeks old so they can “be productive” reflect the kind of world we want?

It was only because I was able to get disability benefits that, little as it was, I was able to stay home and breastfeed and nurture my child. The bonding of mothers and children, including through breastfeeding, is absolutely critical to children’s physical and emotional development.

Expansion of the child tax credit, as provided in the American Rescue Plan, gives more mothers more choices, and I’m all for it. We need a permanent child benefit going directly to the mother or primary caregiver. Every mother should choose what’s best for her children. Every mother is a working mother.

Pat Albright
Philadelphia

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