DEAR EDITOR:

Recent articles in the MDJ reflect the current chaos due to COVID-19. Many of our friends, relatives and neighbors are paying a huge price for this experiment. On the front page on May 8, an article appears about a popular restaurant’s closing. The front page also reported that 107 deaths have occurred from COVID-19. With 760,000+ people in Cobb County, that’s 0.02% have died. There is another article about weddings continuing to be put on hold due to Covid-19. What are we doing?

There is a better chance of dying by choking on food than dying of COVID-19 for those under 65. There’s more. Inside the paper, there is an article about a young girl staging her own graduation. She filled the empty chairs with dolls. The reality is that people have been so scared that probably the dolls would be the only ones present if they had a real graduation!

It takes 21 days to establish a new habit. This is the 52nd day of this primarily “Nursing Home” virus. Are people still going to walk on the other side of the sidewalk when they meet? Are we now going to stop shaking hands forever ? Do we abandon our elderly relatives to die alone in hospitals, and stop hugging our grandparents? Are kids going to live in a society that is obsessed with safety and masks?

History will record that it did not take an invading army to change America. It just took a virus for us to be scared and bullied into obeying! The state governors have taken over bars, restaurants, barbershops, and every other small business in their states. The owners are not in charge. Now businesses will have to run in “stupid mode” as the real owners eke out a living because of a virus that primarily affects the elderly and vulnerable! This is fascism! This is not America!

This is a non-scientific experiment of the largest group of people in history, and we are the guinea pigs! It is time to stop. We are committing societal suicide. If our elected officials cannot summon the courage to free the people, the people need to do it without them!

Fear has always been used to control people. As President Roosevelt said on Dec. 7, 1941. “All we have to fear is fear itself!”

Jim F. Cole

Marietta

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