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Having read the article in the Melrose Weekly News by Jeff Ugino denigrating the closing of schools, I asked myself: is this selfish, ignorant person for real? In support of his absurd position, he states that the COVID-19 risk to children is "insignificant", and hey, there have been no child deaths in Massachusetts so why worry. Obviously, Mr. Ugino believes that the possibility of the death of a single child, perhaps one of his own, is not significant enough to close the schools. Moreover, he makes reference to that often spoken ludicrous comparison of the flu to COVID-19. Yes, he is an imbecile! He does not comprehend the fact that school closings are done primarily to protect both children and adults, such as school workers and parents, from other children and adults. Furthermore, it is the children who are the carriers, and will infect the adults. The adults then will carry the virus home to their families. Is Mr. Ugino so simpleminded that he does not know that people other than children also populate the schools? I believe that the only reason for Mr. Ugino's idiotic position set forth in his article likely lies in the fact that his own kids are driving him crazy, and he wants to dump them off onto the school system for handling. One death is one to many.
A whole-of-government approach means not only Federal government—but a true partnership between Federal, state, and local leadership.In coronavirus response.a new layer to the looming crisis facing all.
I don't get the MFP so I can't read his letter, but IF it neglects the issue of children as asymptomatic carries, then it is an ignorant letter in terms of public health and prudence.
That Ugino article was a pinnacle of ignorance in Melrose, and that's saying something given how many arrogant, ignorant fools push their views around in this pretentious burb. For a community that is so relatively affluent and with a high percentage of adults who've at least attended college, it's remarkable how many cling to willful ignorance, as this Ugino character. He has revealed himself to be a menace, not just a nuisance, but actually part of the lethal pack of dangerously ignorant fools armed with the First Amendment (and for too many, the 2nd as well).
How many more Americans will have to die before ignorant menaces like Ugino begin to understand the lethality of their views? (probably never, given the observed conduct of so many like himself)
And for the paper to have gifted such dangerous views nearly a full page speaks volumes about how foolish and dangerous the so-called "free press" of this community conduct themselves. If this man had published an article about purposely causing violent harm (and how to do it), perhaps editor Burgess would have refused to publish. But in effect that's what Ugino is saying, only COVAD-19 is more lethal than most ammo. Just yesterday more Americans died than in 9/11. But this man advocates a path that is far more lethal in numbers and collective damage. Shame on Mr. Burgess for publishing this article, and without even his usual highly biased commentary!
Chad's response is as ignorant as Ugino's comments. Comparing a world-wide virus that has killed a multitude of men, women and children to road accidents is the epitome of either stupidity or brainlessness! In lieu of school closings, perhaps we should shut down those people like Chad who have an abundance of lack of intelligence! Unfortunately, the First Amendment does protect even those who are dimwitted.
The complete opposition to reopening schools is unfortunate. Despite what people believe, there's really very little evidence that any benefits of closing schools outweigh the enormous impact to society.
I encourage everyone to read this extensive literature review in The Lancet about the benefits of school closures before spouting off your fear: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(20)30095-X/fulltext
In the past ten years I've been sick a few times, and every single time it was something I caught that my grandson carried home from school.
Spot on, Science believer! Thank you.
Then there's this:
I’ll come out only after experts tell me it’s safe, writes Leonard Pitts.
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Someday, I’m going to die.
This, I grudgingly accept. I have no idea how it’s going to happen. Maybe I will die of having a tree fall on me, of eating tainted shellfish, or of being struck by lightning. But this much I guarantee. I will not die of having wagered my life that TV carnival barkers, political halfwits and MAGA-hat-wearing geniuses know more than experts with R.N.s, M.D.s, and Ph.D.s after their names.
In other words, I will not die of stupid.
Not that there aren't plenty of opportunities to do so. Indeed, in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the question of when and how the nation's economy should be reopened, we seem to have tapped the U.S. Strategic Stupid Reserve. The result has been a truly awe-inspiring display of America's matchless capacity for mental mediocrity.
Surveys show, for instance, that a solid majority of Americans (63 percent according to a CBS News poll) are more worried about reopening the country too fast and worsening the pandemic than opening it too slowly and worsening the economy. Yet a noisy minority of protesters is furious at government for trying to keep them healthy. They demand their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of acute respiratory distress.
Meantime, there's Dr. Phil, opining on Fox "News" that "45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools, but we don't shut the country down for that." Turns out he's off a smidge on the number of drownings, which is actually fewer than 4,000. And who knew swimming pools, car accidents and cigarettes were contagious?
Then you have governors like Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida rushing to reopen their states in defiance of medical advice. "COVID-19 is not here, bro," one surfer assured a Jacksonville TV news crew. Doesn't that take a load off your mind?
And let's not forget Las Vegas, where Mayor Carolyn Goodman went on CNN to demand the reopening of casinos, suggesting her town could be a "control group" to find out if social distancing works -- the gambling capital playing craps with the lives of its own people. Not that Goodman would wager her own life. Asked by Anderson Cooper if she would visit the reopened casinos, she demurred, saying she has to get home to her family.
But here's the thing. There's been a lot of talk over who has the power to reopen America's economy. Well, it doesn't belong to the president, nor to the governors. It doesn't even belong to business owners. No, ultimately, it belongs to me. And to you. It belongs to us, as consumers.
After all, the president and the governors can issue all the orders they want, the owners can remove all the padlocks, but none of it matters if customers are too afraid to walk back through the doors. And I am. I have no idea how many consumers I represent, but I suspect it's more than a few.
I get that businesses are suffering. But I refuse to eat in a crowded restaurant, sit in a packed movie house or fly on a full flight again until I feel I can do so safely. And I am emphatically not assured by TV carnival barkers, political halfwits and MAGA-hat-wearing geniuses.
No, I need to hear from serious, credible people. I need to know sufficient testing has been conducted and that they feel the virus is no longer a threat. If other people want to die of stupid, I can't stop them. But if America wants its economy back -- this part of its economy, at least -- it better do whatever is necessary to persuade Dr. Anthony Fauci it's time to give the all-clear.
Look for me two weeks after that.