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Politics & Pandemics

Submitted by Jim Perdue

This pandemic has presented a huge hill we have to climb. There’s the health issue and the economic issue. None of us have seen anything like this. The media pits one side against the other, Democrat against Republican. I don’t see how this is helpful. Maybe because it’s an election year you see so much criticism, from both sides, the liberal and conservative media alike. I think our best chance is for us to work together and ignore politics.

When it comes to re-opening, it’s not just state by state, or county by county, but community by community. All communities have their unique aspects and it’s probably best for some of the decisions to be made at the local level. Yes, it helps to have guidelines from the federal and state governments, but maybe that’s what they should be, guidelines.

To take it one step further, this is not only how a community decides to go forward, but it comes down to how each family decides to go forward, what’s best for our families. Do you have a parent or grandparent living in your home? Does anyone in your home have underlying health conditions that put them at a higher risk to the corona virus? Every family is probably dealing with these questions right now. In my case, I’m in my 60’s and have had asthma since I was 12-13 years old. My wife is in her 50’s, a little less vulnerable perhaps. We have two teenagers living at home; one has started online college classes, the youngest will be a high school sophomore nest year. Should we home school our youngest until a vaccine is available? Do we send her back to school next fall and take our chances? Do we wear masks when we are around other people?

During World War II, my dad was asked to navigate a bomber to a target with a 1-in-4 chance he wouldn’t make it back. Wearing a mask doesn’t seem like such a hard thing for me to do in comparison. Do we maintain the 6 ft. distancing? These questions have nothing to do with politics. It doesn’t matter if I’m a Republican or a Democrat, the questions remain the same. Decisions will have to be made now, regardless of who you plan to vote for in November. Every family in the country is facing these choices and decisions and I don’t think politics has much or anything to do with it.

The criticisms and name calling that seems to go on among the cable news channels doesn’t help unite our country in doing battle against this invisible enemy or help with the huge challenge of opening our economy back up. A nation divided will not stand. We are Americans first.

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