Fires, floods, filibuster and Fauci have commanded the news over the last several weeks and may continue into the future.

The fires and floods, according to some weather savants, are related to climate change and global warming, and are thus to some extent manmade and controllable.

And there is no doubt about who is responsible for the filibuster that has hampered productive, progressive legislative acts.

Dr. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is an extraordinary man whose life and his family have been threatened by another man via email, declaring that they would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.”

Sounds like someone upset with decisions from CDC and possibly in cahoots with those marauders who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. That incident was placed in sharp and personal relief the other day by the testimony of Capitol officers whose lives were imperiled.

Of these pressing concerns, we are hopeless when it comes to the ravages of nature, but something must be said and done about the filibuster and American citizens threatening the lives of others, such as the insurrection earlier this year and the current emails targeting Dr. Fauci.

The good doctor is in the fulcrum of the coronavirus pandemic, dispensing valuable information about the new Delta variant spreading across the country. He and his family should not be menaced in any way; he is indispensable in our fight to subdue the virus and return to some sense of normalcy.

One of the main weapons we have against these serious dangers is to remain unselfish and find little ways to deal with each one of these problems. Sometimes that is nothing more than reaching out and touching somebody’s hand, as the great bards sang to us in yesteryears.