As the pandemic spreads into the state of Kansas remember this: If the Legislature had provided extended Medicaid when it was first available, or at least well before now, Kansas would have far fewer citizens in the most vulnerable health conditions for sickness and death because of the disease.

The same is true nationwide if Trump had not cut funding for the CDC. The coronavirus is truly nonpartisan. Republicans need to think of the poor and elderly just a little more. But they all have good insurance at our expense and plenty of money, so I doubt if they give any more regard to the lives of the elderly and poor than they have traditionally.

Bill Riordan, Salina