Coronavirus should unite Americans, not divide and bring out the worst in us

By Perly Viasmensky
Well, before everybody starts criticizing me for this article, let me assure all of you that I am expecting the reaction, but also I am a strong believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and in my most humble opinion, I believe this situation with the Coronavirus is nothing else but a man-made terrorist biological weapon sent in the air with the purpose of eliminating many lives and creating chaos around the world — most of all to distract the work of our president.
I would not be surprised if one of the persons who disagree with me would be my editor and dear friend Maramis Choufani, not because she is an expert on terrorism, but because of her many years as a nurse with the United States Army; yet I still strongly believe in my theory.
It is not paranoia, but plain reality. So much hate has been displayed toward President Trump that nothing surprises me anymore. Obscure minds want to distract him, especially at this time of the year when he needs to concentrate on future benefits for the American people.
Stores shelves are empty of articles of great necessity. Big corporations are taking advantage of the fear of people by doubling the price of such articles, or on whatever they have left.
Our governor should pay closer attention to this situation and come out with an executive order to freeze prices. This is the duty of individual state governors, not the nation’s president. A package of bacon we normally buy for $2.99 was sold at the store two days ago for $4.79.
As an example, take Smith’s Food King. They normally have packages of 32 16.9 oz. bottles of water at three packages for $10.00. As I am writing this article, they have the singular package of those same 32 bottles of water at $8.00 each. They only have a few left, but tried to make a profit at the expense of others, some senior citizens.
The limit of three items per customer is totally false since I have seen people going out of the store with a bundle of items that were supposed to be shared with others and cashiers at the store just checked them out without saying a word. Another thing this Coronavirus is costing all of us is not only the fear of getting infected but the animosity it is generating among us.
I have seen two people fighting, actually fighting, for a lousy package of meat at another supermarket. The lack of compassion for the needs of others — people driving to other cities such as Pahrump, Mesquite and as far away as Kingman, Arizona to buy things they already have tons of at their homes, without thinking that the citizens of those cities are also in need of necessary items.
At times like this we should be united and try to help each other. We already have enough hate in the world.
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 pviasmensky@lasvegas

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