If rental assistance isn’t in the next stimulus, there will be bankruptcies, foreclosures | Opinion

By David Brogan

Regardless of your political persuasion, the stalemate between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can make anyone cringe. This is especially true if you are one of the 40 million renters in this country, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet, and who desperately need rental assistance. I’m not quite sure if congressional leadership refuses to recognize the exponential benefits of rental assistance or if they just don’t have the ability to see how beneficial rental assistance would be to our quality of life, our economy and our local and state governments, but it’s time to wake up.

I say to Congress, “Rental assistance, WTF!?” WTF stands for “Where’s The Funding?”

The trillions of dollars in stimulus aid since the beginning of this pandemic has helped people on unemployment, it has helped hospitals, and it has helped small and

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Murphy said this test could be our ‘salvation.’ So why isn’t it in nursing homes? | Editorial

Gov. Phil Murphy has done well steering our state through this pandemic, but one big stain on his record is nursing homes.

He blundered in numerous ways: Putting hospitals first, even as the death toll exploded in the nursing homes, failing to get them protective equipment and test kits quickly, and forcing them to take COVID patients from hospital wards.

Now it looks like another misstep is in the works. Rutgers has developed an excellent COVID test that is faster and easier – you just spit in a tube, and it’s analyzed by a lab in 24 to 48 hours.

Nursing homes need it, desperately. It’s not easy to shove a swab down the nasal cavity of an 80-year-old dementia patient, let alone get the results back in a timely manner. Yet they still don’t have it, as we face the threat of a possible resurgence.

Neither do veteran’s homes,

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