Jimmy Tingle

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Taking Jimmy Tingle seriously

Thank you, Jimmy Tingle, for clearly describing the difference that a federally funded detox program made in your life (”The other pandemic,” Opinion, Dec. 26). I have been a Tingle fan since moving to Boston, in 1981. As a comic and political candidate, he has made social justice central to his message. Drug and alcohol addiction and the climbing death rates from these diseases cut through all classes and ethnic groups. Our country is experiencing a moment of collective social awareness. The incoming administration can harness this opportunity to acknowledge its role and use its power to address this raging public health issue.