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Coronavirus? Deal with it, move on

To the editor:

My knee hurts. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since I’m almost 59 and lots of my body parts are either wearing out or falling off. I feel a lot like my 1997 Suburban with 494,930 miles. When my Suburban breaks down, I just pay for the cost of repairs and move on. My doctor wants to give me a shot of Cortisone to take my knee pain away. I want an MRI to find out what the real problem is, make repairs and move on. I had an appointment to visit with my doctor last Monday, but of course with COVID 19, that was cancelled. (My pain wasn’t considered essential.) I’m miserable enough that I’m going to do something unusual. I’m going to complain about Democrats AND Republicans.

Our great country is in a lot of financial pain and having health issues right now too. I personally think the whole COVID 19 disaster is blown way out of proportion. So we have a virus on the loose. We’ve had them before. West Nile, SARS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Ebola, Zika, H1N1. What’s different this time? We’ve allowed ourselves to believe that only 0% mortality is acceptable. Our president, representatives, senators, and governors seem to be caught up in a high stakes game of who has the most power to shut the country down. And so we are shut down. Every day of this non-sense rips into the heart of our financial strength. I agree with President Trump that this must end sooner rather than later.

So here comes my criticism of both parties. I oppose ANY kind of “stimulus” from our government during this COVID 19 problem. Like cortisone for my knee, this “stimulus” just temporarliy takes the pain away. It took hundreds of years for our country to accumulate our first $2 TRILLION in debt. Are we really going to snap our fingers and add another $2 TRILLION to the $23 TRILLION in debt we already have? While the “stimulus” might make our pain go away for now, we will not fix the problem. Our problem is way too many people sitting around in fear doing nothing, not to mention once again we will be passing the buck to the next generation. It’s time MY generation grabbed the bull by the horns and paid our own bills. And what happens when the next virus comes two years from now? Another shutdown, another round of borrowing? This needs to stop now. I consider my self a conservative Republican, so shame on my own party for even considering the idea. And yes shame on the Democrat party too. Trying to sneak a whole bunch of liberal things through as add ons to the “stimulus” bill. Gun control, funding for Planned Parenthood, immigration goodies, you name it, it’s in there. So double shame on Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer for injecting partisan politics at a time like this.

I can’t say that I have a lot of good answers under the circumstances. I’m a hog farmer. It might seem crude, but in the real world of farming, a certain amount of mortality or loss is considered normal. It’s never fun, it just is. We lose people every year to the common flu, and think nothing of it. We murder millions of babies through planned abortions, and somehow think that’s OK. We’ll lose some people to this virus too. Deal with it, move on. At some point I want to get my knee fixed, so I can move on too. Maybe Obamacare will pick up the tab.

Paul Platz

Lafayette

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