To all the people that call “fear” the precaution about coronavirus: it is not fear, it’s just common sense. This virus is something that will stay for quite some time, and this is just the beginning of something worse; in the meantime more people are losing their lives. It is well understood that people need to go back to their normal way of life, but the mentality of going back to a normal life is called stupidity.
Ignorant people thinking that all businesses, public places and beaches should be opened up NOW could be excused because ignorance can be corrected by education. But stupidity has no cure.
It has been all over the news about that pool party at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, during their Memorial Day celebration where people were practically on top of each other and the authorities urged them to self-quarantine. Regarding those people, that is stupidity and there is no cure for that.
Florida beaches were so packed that people were practically sitting on top of each other. And the same happened in Texas. We are listening over and over in the news to talk about opening the economy, but we happened to see in the news a biker speaking to a reporter in front of a Bikers’ Bar, which was reopened against orders and a biker expressing his opinion of “We just want to make a living.”
I wonder what kind of a living this guy is talking about in a bar with a blonde woman glued to his back on a bike.
It is true that we all want to go back to our normal lives, but “normal” is a very extensive word. Our lives will never be normal again, we have plenty to carry in our hearts.
Many people have lost their lives because of this virus which I firmly believe was sent to us as a terrorist act to disturb our presidential election. But the ones we are forgetting are the most vulnerable people (and those are not our senior citizens) but the ones in our state and country prisons, the ones treated as garbage, forgetting the fact that they are also human beings deserving to have protection against this deadly virus.
Let’s take as an example Terminal Island Federal Prison in San Pedro, California; 34 miles from Los Angeles, where 600 inmates out of the 1,053 inmates housed in that facility have been infected by the coronavirus. Three inmates died on a single day after being on a ventilator in the hospital. One of them was put on a ventilator five days after being hospitalized. Five people died, one of them was my friend.
California governor, Gavin Newson, is very concerned about the illegal aliens in his state, but he cares very little about inmates in facilities on California soil, even if those facilities are federal prisons, those are still located in California.
I wondered how the man could be so insensitive toward people incarcerated, when someone explained to me that he is somehow family related to Nancy Pelosi.
It explained it all!
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at email@example.com