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Posted: July 5, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Ultimate sacrifice wear a mask

During my lifetime (89 years) I have seen young men and women too often called upon to protect this country by going off to war and risking their lives. The society around them is so proud and sings their praises for their sacrifice, as well they should.

I cannot understand now, however, that to ask the country at large to don a simple mask in a valid attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 is considered TOO MUCH TO ASK. The sacrifices asked of our public are to avoid crowded bars and beaches, avoid close contact in groups, wash their hands AND WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC. I am sure my father would have preferred to make that type of sacrifice when he went to war in 1941.

I just watched Vice President Mike Pence on TV urging the Texans to wear a mask in order to, hopefully, slow the spread of the virus. Does he now understand the numbers?

Undisciplined Americans at mercy of COVID-19

Sadly, we Americans have proven ourselves to be an undisciplined people whose most distinguishing characteristic is an incessant need for immediate material gratification. Like children, we cannot abide any significant restriction of our freedom to go wherever we want to and do whatever we wish. Our extremely materialistic economic system, shown to be so weak and fragile that it cannot withstand even 90 days of its shutdown, has been complicit with us by encouraging our compulsion to buy and spend to the point that the average American has less than $1,000 saved for emergencies. If our economic system was built to withstand a pause of 6-12 months without massive government financial intervention, and if we had the moral strength as a people to remain isolated from each other for the same period of time, we would have already prevailed over the silent and invisible enemy plaguing us today.

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