The following is a letter to the editor, published here as opinion. The opinions expressed in this letter are those of the writer. If you would like to submit a letter to the editor feel free to write to [email protected].
You have probably seen what I have seen. There appear to be many arrogant individuals, all typing in caps on Facebook virtually yelling, and some in public actually yelling. They are all yelling the same thing.
“OPEN UP OUR COUNTRY. OPEN UP OUR STATE. OPEN UP OUR CITY. OPEN UP OUR TOWN”.
It’s as if they are yelling at others that they perceive would prefer to be shut in, want people to be out of work, and like to lose money. Here’s a clue. There is not one single person here in the United States that does not wish to break the shackles imposed by Covid-19.
But, many of these, “OPEN NOW” shouters should realize a few things. First of all, shouting is rude. Shouting also spreads the virus. So, shouting might not be the best approach if you truly want things to reopen.
Now, many of these same shouters act as if they know far more than Doctors with medical degrees and most could not spell tuberculosis, immunoregulation, polyarteritis nosdosa, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, or lymphomatous granulomatosis. In fact, for many of these self proclaimed “we know better” shouters, it is all they can do to get out of bed in the morning and brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush.
The shouters don’t want to adhere to any policies, or follow any guidelines. They are omniscient. (know it alls)
We are all being asked to wear a mask when going out. Oh my, how atrocious. Some people want to burn down a Taco Bell in protest against having to wear a mask. What a horrid inconvenience. Forget the fact that it is instrumental in helping to curb the spread of coronavirus. Even our president won’t wear one. He states that he has many reasons to not wear one, but we all know the truth. He won’t wear one because it might mess up his hair. That’s it. That’s the real reason.
Now, stay with me on this. Fill out this questionnaire.
1) Wearing a mask will help to contain particles expelled from your nose and mouth. Yes/No?
2) If you have the virus, then, by wearing a mask, you help to protect others from your potentially deadly virus particles expelled, whether you show symptoms or not. Yes/No?
3) Not wearing a mask shows others that you do not care enough about them and their health/well being to keep them from getting a potentially deadly virus from you. Yes/No?
4) Having others, including your friends and family, get sick and potentially die causes you little to no concern. Yes/No?
5) Friends that do not wear a mask, and seemingly do not care about your health/well being, and then laugh because they won’t or don’t want to wear a mask, are really not the kind of friends you want or need. Yes/No?
6) It is hard to be friends with dead people. Yes/No?
7) It is OK for you to do whatever you want, just because that’s what you want to do regardless of whether you are right or wrong. Rules are only for those that want to obey them. Yes/No?
8) Dying a painful death or causing others to die a painful death is OK because we are all going to die anyway, and both pain and death are eventually in our future. Yes/No?
So, in truth, there is no real reason to not take preventative cautionary measures by wearing a mask other than the fact that you just don’t want to, and don’t like it, even if it might save lives, like your own.
Now, moving on, the shouters also resent “social distancing”. Suppose you were made to stand in an elevator for an hour with a group of hearty chili eaters, all with serious flatulence.
I bet that you would be begging for social distancing. Now, farts do not kill, at least I have never read of anyone ever dying, really. But this virus does kill.
And is it really that hard to keep your distance? Funny how it’s ok to want to be as far away from your ex-spouse, or a bill collector as you possibly can, but a deadly virus? No. The shouters want to huddle like they are all eskimos in Alaska to keep warm.
All we are being asked to do is to keep our distance, and wear a mask.
You are not being asked to hike up Mount Everest in the winter, barefoot.
You are not being asked to walk over flaming hot lava erupting from Mount St. Helens.
You are being asked to be in consideration of others. That’s it.
Be considerate. Wow, is that really much too much to ask?
So, dear shouters, let me give you a small clue.
If you want to have the country reopen safely, then we must stop this virus from infecting all of us. And there are two simple ways to help get the country reopened safely, and promote the health and welfare of the citizens in our county.
Wear a friggin’ mask, and stay away from others. 10 feet. No, not 6 feet.
10 feet. I do not know how far ignorance can travel from person to person, but I am taking no chances.
Limit your exposure to the virus. Stay away from crowds. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. And keep at least 6 feet between you and others. That’s it. That’s all. That is not too much to ask, really.
So, be a good citizen, and stop with all the shouting. It’s not polite.
Now, please go wash your hands. Yes, again. Thank you!
Johnny Keyes, Ukiah ex-resident
America is infected with a disease. That disease is the worship of “experts.”
One does not need to be a Ph.D. Professor of Alethiology to be able to say, accurately, someone is a liar. All one needs is the demonstrated facts.
Multiple “experts” declared Vioxx “safe” and “effective.”
Multiple “experts” designed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Multiple “experts” told America that “masks are ‘not effective'” for we common folk months back, then abruptly changed that stance. Currently, the World Health Organization
has a completely different stance on universal mask wearing: “At the present time, the widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported
by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider.” “Expert” OPINION vs. “expert” OPINION.
You speak about being “rude.” You know what’s worse than being rude? Being an abuser. Abusing people with dishonesty and imposing harm under color of “authority.” While you focus on the meaningless offense of improper Netiquette, those of us who see the harm – experience the harm – that the “public health orders” are doing to people, real, live people, those the corporate media choose not to showcase, know how pathetic your focus is.
We don’t need to be a medical doctor to see the facts. We don’t need to be a doctorate-level mathematician to know 2 + 2 = 4. Although, in this new COVID-19(84) world, maybe
2 + 2 = 5 if “experts” tell us it’s “essential” for us to believe.
The shackles you speak of are man-made. No, I’m not referring to SARS-CoV-2 being allegedly genetically engineered. The shackles of the lockdown, including House Arrests
and Flatten the Economy, were & are purely man-made…or, in this county, woman-made, via Soviet-style decrees. The virus is an excuse.
Your smarminess betrays deep ignorance, or, perhaps, even, purposeful evil intent. You are obviously unaware, or want to ignore, the very real harm these “public health orders” have done to human beings. And please, spare us the horse excretion about “you want to kill people,” “you want to kill grandma.” You and I both know that COVID-19 is the most hyped “threat” of modern history, perhaps, all history. Real, actual “died FROM” COVID-19 fatalities are NOT exceeding the year-to-year average fatalities over the last 10 years. “Public health experts” publicly endorsing the BLM “protests” by the hundreds, tells us all we need to know about how much of a “threat” COVID-19 actually is.
You tell us to be a “good citizen.” Da, comrade! On the contrary, being a good American means telling the truth, and calling out liars who are bent on controlling others for their own purposes.
The “public health orders” will be over when We the People say they are over. Tens of millions can see perfectly clearly we’ve been had. The refusal to wear masks and stay in fear is NOT being “impolite” or “ignorant.” It’s an act of resistance to tyranny. Tyranny that has NOT proven its case. I’m pleased to see courageous sheriffs in several California counties told General Secretary Newsom they will not enforce Newsom’s unilateral decree about masks. Reimpose lockdown? I hope “the experts” and the “authorities” are prepared for much more than they’ve seen from the “peaceful protests” by BLM-Antifa. They may even want to study Nicolae Ceausesecu, who told Romanians he “loved” them and was “protecting” them. The Romanian People, shall we say, disagreed.
Oh, and I should add, you forgot a ninth question:
9) Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes/No?
Actually there was a man in Russia that died of farts. He was in a very well insulated room and the gas caused by the cabbage and beans he ate suffocated him. That being said. Wear = Care
Well, Johnny Keyes, that was a condescending and arrogant diatribe that displayed more ignorance than understanding. Your presumptuousness is laughable. Just because you spend time with a medical dictionary doesn’t mean you know anything about health or disease, but you do know with a certainty that those of us who question the governmental diktat-du-jour barely know how to brush our teeth. You accuse people who appreciate normal human contact of wanting to huddle like Eskimos to keep warm. (I wonder how that enlightened statement would go over in an Inuit village.) How puerile! No, I will not “stay with” you or fill out your fatuous questionnaire. It’s a shame you didn’t spend as much time doing some serious research on both the COVID-19 statistics and the “experts” demanding complete relinquishment of not only our freedom to move about and breath fresh air, but our ability to THINK as well. You might have learned something. Your tedious rant offers nothing illuminating or factual, but here is a verifiable fact I’m offering to jump-start your education: Face masks are a health hazard due to (1) reducing the blood oxygen level and increasing carbon dioxide in the blood, and (2) forcing you to inhale the pathogens from your mouth into your sinuses and potentially into your brain. Health care workers and surgeons are the only persons who should be wearing a surgical mask, but you go right ahead and jeopardize your health if it makes you feel virtuous. I’ll continue to go about my day as if exposure to a virus might actually offer some immunity.
Regarding masks! You all must realize that there are those people that are unable to wear masks! Do any of you know why? Bet you don’t! Well here’s why BECAUSE THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO HAVE COPD AND CANNOT BREATHE WHEN WEARING THEM (Yes I am yelling because I am sick and tired of the dirty looks I get from all of you! There is a provision in the last part of the county’s order and it provides exclusion, one being if the mask blocks one breathing they are excluded from wearing them. I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. Now, did you all hear me????
Oh good; a conversation! This is why we need the “Voice.” AF
the letter about shouters disturbed me. i don’t think name calling helps at all. i understand the disquiet about people refusing to wear masks because i believe public health doctors who tell us that they are not a perfect answer but they are way better than moisture droplets flying without barrier toward me (a person of the age to be vulnerable to covid 19) and others (my son also has a compromised health condition).
the response to shouters also disturbed me. it’s quite true that science gets hijacked by the profit motive all the time. nuclear power is a perfect example, but the statistic that more people have died from covid than any other cause cannot be refuted.
it seems clear that what we all need to do is be united in the fight against this virus. life is different now and may never be normal again, but we have the power to minimize how extreme the difference will be. we need to be respectful of one another and kind. we are truly all in this together.
Did any of you that responded actually read what he said?
Here is a summary. If you want the country to reopen, follow the CDC recommended guidelines. Wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. If you disagree with this, then great, but he also recommended being considerate of others. Apparently this is not possible, and this is apparent seeing the personal attacks on the writer. WOW. Incredible.
Is he really such a slime bag scum ball by trying to help you stay alive?
“His smarminess betrays deep ignorance, or, perhaps, even, purposeful evil intent”.
Are you serious? Hannibal Lecter had purposeful evil intent. This guy? I don’t think so.
or this…”I’ll continue to go about my day as if exposure to a virus might actually offer some immunity”. What complete and total idiocy!! I won’t forget to put flowers on your grave.
It sounds like some of you think that Dr. Fauci is actually Dr. Kevorkian?
And if you can’t wear a mask, then stay home. It sounds to some of you like he is telling you to breath through a bar straw. I believe in freedom of speech. But trying to kill the messenger won’t kill the message, and if you try to kill the message, then you really might just kill yourself in the process. It is your right to get sick and die if you want. I guess his asking for people to be polite is out of the question.
Here….is this better?
The world is really flat like a pancake. We do not need a vaccine. All we really need is some butter and maple syrup.
Shooting up Clorox cures the virus. But don’t drink it. That might kill you.
Shining a laser up your butt cures the virus, and is a great way to light up a party.
Doing deep breathing exercises in the emergency room develops immunity.
God will save you. If it’s God’s will, then so be it. Unless you have pissed God off. Then he won’t.
Pigs can fly, and so can I. Pigs can fly faster though. They have a tail-wind.
Brains are only for people that cannot think for themselves.
“What Me Worry” should be our local motto.
Alfred E. Neuman
Alfred E. Neuman. YOU are the one who failed to read what we posted and failed to follow through with any serious research on what is really happening. If you think a thoughtless, insulting diatribe gives you any legitimacy, guess again. Continue to cower behind your mask and your closed door if you think that will save you from the tyranny that is bearing down upon us, and don’t forget to bend over for the tracing vaccine.
Can you not see that the enemy has become our own bodies and that only by following fake and arbitrary directives—distancing from other humans (unless we are up in arms over a political issue), spraying disinfectant on ourselves and everything we touch, covering the orifice of speech aka the mouth (unless we are shoveling food in or yelling about the aforesaid political issue)—only then can we ever be “safe” and only then will we be able to “communicate” with other icky, germ ridden biological entities, preferably through digital contact. Wake up and grow up!
“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” ~ Samuel Adams
You may quote Samuel Adams, but you have more in common with the beer than the politician.
Wear a mask and stay distant from others. Or maybe get sick and die, and get others sick as well! Make sure to post here when you get sick. I give you 3 months, tops.
The pandemic is a sickness spread by a brainless organism, and that brainless organism that is spreading sickness is what you see in the mirror.