Letter to the Editor
Monday, October 12, 2020
David Kruse’s opinion piece printed in Friday’s Spencer Daily Reporter, a somewhat malicious diatribe against President Donald Trump, is cause for a response. Mr. Kruse is almost apoplectic in his damnation of the actions from the White House over the COVID-19 response. As with most opinion writers, he seemed to be spot on with some of his comments, but sensationalizing on others.
The reality is that COVID-19 has quite possibly been in the U.S. since the end of December. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, on Jan. 2, six people in Ohio tested positive for COVID antibodies, and they lived 200 miles apart. By Jan. 28, the public was already getting inundated with warnings about an ominous pandemic. This disease was unknown when it pounced on an unsuspecting world. One has to recall the almost daily changing information from the WHO and our own CDC on how to respond to the virus.
Mr. Kruse lambastes the Trump nation for their attitudes on mask wearing and other methods on public health safety, but I think it is beyond that group as a public that no longer believes what the political class is telling them is what causes the “maskless” to venture out. The bottomless cynicism regurgitated by the press and politicians about what absurdities their followers will believe drives the political theater that sucks the oxygen out of us. It seems that the level of chicanery and lying by the politicians lends itself to the giant chasm between the two main political camps and their followers. One shouldn’t blame President Trump for this resentment that has been fermenting for decades.
The media seems to be ignoring the “Great Barrington Declaration” (gbdeclaration.org) where more than 8,100 biological scientists and 19,500 medical practitioners signed on to a petition that states that the current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The proclamation expounds on what is occurring in our society with fewer childhood vaccinations, increased heart disease, fewer cancer screenings, etc. The conclusion is that “those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal,” but protecting those that are most at risk.
The U.S. testing is reportedly superior to that of Europe and possibly Asia. We are testing more people than last month and as new testing mechanisms become available even more of our population will be able to be tested. This means that the death to confirmed cases ratio will decrease. The underlying fact is that there is a very good chance that you or someone you know will get this disease ... and you will survive. I don’t believe for one second the declaration that “Had the country gone to 95% mask wearing months ago we could have crushed the pandemic. It would have saved tens of thousands of lives.”
If you believe the polling data, then Mr. Kruse is right that people over 65 are leaning toward former VP Joe Biden. I guess we will know in a few short weeks. But can you imagine what will happen if Mr. Trump wins again. Will you believe another political poll? Regardless, whatever happens this could prove to be the most litigated national election ever.
John Mauldin, a liberal economist who is no fan of the president, stated in one of his earlier newsletters that our nation cannot afford another shutdown. It would be devastating to the small businesses that have survived the last shutdown. He also writes that our nation will get through this pandemic, “but don’t expect the old world of 2019 to return. It’s gone.” How right he is.
— Dave Kimbell, Spencer