Monday, March 01, 2021

Coronavirus prevention is all about personal responsibility

| February 9, 2021 7:00 AM

To the editor:

Most now realize that those experts we looked to for accurate, sensible and professional guidance to see America through the COVID-19 pandemic have, by and large, failed.

They’ve failed to hold down the numbers. They’ve nearly wrecked our economy, small businesses, educational system while putting millions out of work and trampling our Constitutional rights and freedoms.

They have given us ever changing policy recommendations accompanied by a healthy dose of fear mongering, serious civil rights repression and unneeded, yet seriously destructive, economic policies. They still receive their paychecks despite dereliction of duty, while millions of Americans are out of work and losing their homes and businesses. Their failures are also causing an unbelievable increase in the national debt. A privileged few are benefiting financially by extending lock downs.

If California is any example, little wonder we all wonder. With the most draconian, nay Orwellian, lockdown policies, they now lead the nation in cases. One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Does CA really think more lock downs & tighter mask policing will actually help anything? Insane. Conversely, Florida, with more open policies, is no worse off than average. COVID-19 has a 98.5 percent survival rate.

If the Lincoln County Health Board uses a political filter to make decisions, its members will never make accurate, good or helpful decisions. If they are more interested in policing and compliance, then they don’t have the best interests of this county in mind. Their aim should not be to hold hostage our local businesses, citizens, churches and our schools. Such institutions need all the support and positive assistance we can give them. There is no place for Big Brother-style ideas of control on the health board. All must be done now to get all establishments open and fully functioning.

Rather than being some sort of watchdog or attack dog, might the health board consider emphasizing a positive, pro-active and helpful message to the county? Focus on all the productive actions that can be taken to help prevent and slow the coronavirus: avoid crowds, wash hands, protect the vulnerable, lose weight, exercise, quit smoking, take vitamin D and zinc, drink more water and eat a healthier diet. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

As in so many other instances, the COVID-19 fight is all about personal responsibility and wise choices. The people, businesses, etc., of Lincoln County are well able to think for themselves.

The health board is advisory in nature. Let’s keep that way.

C. A. Disney