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Susan Fennewald

On what grounds did the police disperse them?

I thought our police were NOT supposed to enforce social distancing guidelines.

Charlotte O'rourke

Common sense.

Susan Fennewald

Common sense??? I'm sorry but the police aren't the arbiters of common sense.

Charlotte O'rourke

No one is an arbiter of common sense. It just is. You either have it or don’t.

Ron Woody

Ms. O'Rourke, are you still waiting for the surge that is now way past due?

We were told that the reason for physical distancing was to keep the hospitals from being over run. There is no fear of that occurring.

I have heard and read from numerous experts that physical distancing was never going to change the number of deaths all it does "is change the date on the death certificate".

The time has come for this manufactured fear to end. We continue to see numerous reports of false negatives on the testing. We continue to hear reports that due to the nature of the virus more of us have been exposed or contracted the virus than has been reported. Yet, we are supposed to just act like everything we have been told is factual and that this was an emergency worth wrecking the economy.

Over a month ago I quit complaining about the bars and restaurants being closed, etc. Once the Governor gave his order it was a lost cause. I still gave statistics of how silly the entire effort was for a virus that 80% do not even know they have.

It is now time for those that wish to remain in their homes to accept that life needs to return to a "new" normal. There is no threat of hospital bed shortage, there is and always will be a risk to first responders when they come in contact with the public.

Ms. O'Rourke were you part of the seven block line receiving food from the elementary school last week. I wasn't, but I certainly have empathy and continue to give money to organizations assisting those individuals. May 1st is coming and it is another month that many of our neighbors will not have money to pay their rent. I guess that does not matter to you.

We can no longer trample people's rights and ability to provide for their families based on your fears no matter how well meaning they may be.

Charlotte O'rourke

Hi Ron, going to party at the beach in defiance of stay at home orders and displaying your “muscles” in close contact with others is not about eating or getting a job.

Everyone cares about the economy, but they also care about public health and the lives of others. Those two sometimes opposing goals need to be balanced.

There was an excellent segment on the military last night. Masks and 6 feet of distance are the new training normal. The military gets it. The health care professionals get it, but they both deal with the real impact of covid 19 and loss of life every single day.

Ron Woody

Ms. O'Rourke, To act and state as though health professionals are speaking in one accord is insincere. You have done too much research and know that there are dozens of solutions, theories and thoughts.

I original reason for social distancing that Mr. Jones and yourself have been stating for a month is to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed. UTMB reports that there are still 1,200 beds available if necessary and 45 are being utilized. There is no threat of our hospitals being overrun because of coronavirus.

You have done the research and reading and know that physical distancing was never about lowering the death toll. Why are we still concerned with physical distancing?

I am still curious, as I know you are as well is how anyone can track a virus that takes two to four weeks to incubate and 80% show few or no symptoms.

Everyone has to accept these two assumptions or they are just foolish:

1. If I leave my residence or invite people into my residence I am at risk.

2. Everyone I come in contact with is a carrier or has been exposed to coronavirus or something worse.

As individual citizens, with individual rights, in a somewhat free country, each of us need to understand those to statements and make a decision based on what is best for the individual.

Bars, restaurants and physical distancing is going to end and end soon. Whether it happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, April 26th or a beautiful Friday afternoon, May 1st, do those five days actually make a difference?

Our individual rights have been trampled long enough!!

Connie Patterson

I’m worried about our first responders placing themselves in harms way trying to control this mess. The city has no control over the state highways ( Broadway) or the Seawall ( County) IF the Governor doesn’t open the beaches then they need to send the National Guard down here to police the crowds.

jimmy winston

The empty lot directly east of The Spot was full of bikers yesterday. I would estimate 50-75 people. Once they left the lot was FULL of trash and other debris left behind. Its a shame that people who visit the Island see it as their own personal trash can and that "someone else" will clean up their mess. I do want the beaches to re-open, but it must be done in a way that will not encourage visitors to flock and mess it up for the locals. I do have a love/hate relationship with tourism and I am smart enough to realize the economic importance of it to the Island. I just wish more was done to educate visitors on the environmental impact they have. Its a shame.

Susan Fennewald

Our first responders shouldn't be putting themselves in harms way - they should leave people alone unless they're breaking the law (and there is no report that these folks were breaking the law).

Jim Forsythe

Susan, they are breaking a state order.

Social distancing is still part of life in this area. You may not like it but it is still part of our life. Nowhere in the order below does it say, if you think it is safe, do whatever you want. Abbott's order, says Texans shouldn't gather in groups of more than 10 people, which the people at the gathering were in groups of more than 10. Today Abbott will talk about new guidelines. Abbott and others were elected to make decisions like this. A majority of people said that they want Abbott and the others to make these types of calls, that no matter what, some will not like.

"The City of Galveston and other neighboring cities in the region also remain under stay-at-home orders that prohibit nonessential travel."

According to Galveston County officials, the beaches will continue to be "heavily patrolled by law enforcement to ensure social distancing requirements are being adhered to."

Ron Woody

Mr. Forsythe, I might remind you that no where in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States does it limit my right to peaceably assemble. There are no qualifiers. If we are going to quote orders then let's get it from the top!

Bailey Jones

Ron, if you don't believe our government has the right to limit your right of peaceable assembly you are woefully in need of a good history book.

Jim Forsythe

Ron Woody, you were right as far as you went. You did not look at Supreme Court rulings on this subject. The First Amendment does not provide the right to conduct an assembly at which there is a clear and present danger of riot, disorder, or interference with traffic on public streets or other immediate threat to public safety or order.

Limiting to 10 people is covered under this part of the ruling.

. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that the First Amendment protects the right to conduct a peaceful public assembly. The right to assemble is not, however, absolute. Government officials cannot simply prohibit a public assembly in their own discretion, but the government can impose restrictions on the time, place, and manner of peaceful assembly, provided that constitutional safeguards are met. Time, place, and manner restrictions are permissible so long as they “are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech, . . . are narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest, and . . . leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information.”

The Supreme Court has held that it is constitutionally permissible for the government to require that a permit for an assembly be obtained in advance. The government can also make special regulations that impose additional requirements for assemblies that take place near major public events.

Stuart Crouch

[thumbup] Preach!

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