Like everyone else, I am caught up in a world of great uncertainty, unlike anything I can ever remember. Both of my parents were children of the Great Depression, a time that marked this nation for decades They were also young adults when the country undertook the massive effort to do battle in World War II.
I vaguely remember great concerns about polio when I was a child. Pictures of people in an “iron lung” leave an impression.
But that was then and this is now. And the “talking heads” who are trying to minimalize the risk this country now faces by digging up comparisons to past outbreaks of things like swine flu are irresponsible. At a time when lives are at risk, to attempt to disguise the situation we all face as nothing more than some grand political gambit is unforgivable.
Matt Gaetz is the congressman from Florida’s First District. This is the western part of the panhandle, an area well-known to Alabamians. So what did he recently do? He wore a gas mask on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in his own pathetic attempt to belittle the crisis the country faces. This was just before one of his own constituents became one of the first coronavirus victims to die in this country.
Gaetz is a buffoon.
My son Kevin lives in Mobile. Unfortunately he has a severe respiratory condition caused by a deficiency of Alpha-1 antitrypsin. Basically this is a genetically caused emphysema. Even in the best of times I worry about him a lot. Now, much more.
But thank the Good Lord, people across Alabama are rallying to the aid of their neighbors. This is especially true as schools have been closed indefinitely and there is great concern about young students who depend on meals they get at school. A friend in north Alabama told me her community has had an outpouring of volunteers asking how they can help get meals to childrfen. A central office staffer in south Alabama explained how churches in this very rural county are pitching in to provide meals.
This situation is real. Our future is very uncertain. All we can do is pray for the best and pay attention to the doctors and scientists.