Peo­ple re­fus­ing to pro­tect them­selves — or oth­ers

Enterprise-Record (Chico) - - OPINION -

Roll back the open­ing! Did the Gov­er­nor open too soon? No, he didn't. In my ob­ser­va­tions around town, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple were not wear­ing masks. I hear them say “ad­vice is all over the map.” Not true, The CDC, Mayo Clinic, The Lancet to name three all did their own stud­ies, and all found that cloth masks re­duced trans­mis­sion sig­nif­i­cantly. I couldn't find any stud­ies to con­tra­dict them.

The non­sense spouted by politi­cians, re­li­gious sources and “celebri­ties,” is not ad­vice, it's political pro­pa­ganda. I can't think of a bet­ter ex­am­ple of peo­ple act­ing against their own in­ter­est, or a bet­ter ex­am­ple of how that af­fects the rest of us. Be­cause these peo­ple re­fused to pro­tect them­selves or any­one else, we all have to suf­fer. More small busi­nesses will be pushed closer to fail­ure, some vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple may die; but you know what, they don't care. They do as their cult lead­ers tell them. Yet politi­cians, and some ci­ti­zens, seem to re­spect their ac­tions as if they have some “right” to let their stu­pid­ity hurt oth­ers. By tol­er­at­ing the­ses peo­ple in a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety, we are com­plicit with their ac­tions. Right now, they're con­trol­ling our lives. Only we can change that.

— Glenn Ingo, Chico

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