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Bailey Jones

I can understand the desire to do something, given the explosion in cases we had after Memorial Day. But they should have given more notice. The pandemic is a problem with no good solutions except those that also adversely impact the economy. The one thing we can all do that costs us nothing is to wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands.

Mary Lofaro


Walter Dannenmaier

Perhaps it is time to try some of the "bad" solutions, Bailey. For example, government quits meddling, people decide what to do on their own, some live and some die. The stark economic analysis is that squeezing a few more months out of already ailing octagenarians may not be the highest, best use of societal resources and certainly not worth crushing life possibilities for the young.

Bailey Jones

lol - remember a few years ago when conservatives imagined that Obamacare legislation included "death panels"? The idea of letting old people die for strictly economic reasons left the right scandalized and apoplectic.

So, are you wearing a mask, Walter? Or is even that tiny act - when the only payoff is "squeezing a few more months out of already ailing octogenarians" - too much of a sacrifice for you? I'm curious to know how you balance the "personal sacrifice vs societal responsibility" equation.

Lorna Presswood

Testing is up which leads to more positive results. Hospital admissions for any reason and any illness are being reported and counted as covid cases when they "happen" to test positive. The facts are-according to the CDC, 98% of people do not get sick with the covid virus, and by now the death rate has plummeted by 90% from March. The "huge hospitalizations" and a "surge in positives" are being reported as a surge, a re-surge, a second wave, when in fact, it's a very mild flu-like virus and always has been according to CDC facts! This "pandemic" was never a pandemic. Every year people die of pneumonia from the flu virus. Every year the elderly and the one's with compromised immunity die of pneumonia from the flu virus. Carrying this forward with more closures and more hysteria and psuedo-pandemic hype is completely contrary to the facts being reported by the CDC itself.

Galveston needs to get back to normal and the mayor and city manager need to stop being "tiny tyrants". It's beyond ridiculous.

David Blumentritt

It won't happen until they're gone from Galveston leadership.

Carlos Ponce

And of that "surge in positives" how many are false positives? The tests aren't 100% accurate.

PD Hyatt

The Governor and ALL of the Mayors who were pushing to close the state down once again should not be wondering about the costs that it is going to cost them for once again killing the economy of our state over NOT people dying but because of all of the testing there are more positives. Anyone who has had the corona virus (common cold) will test positive for the Wuhan virus.... Many cities, counties and states are going to rue the day that they shut our state down when they see the cost of lost businesses, lost tax revenue and then those same people are going to have to come to home owners and raise the heck out of our taxes to make up for their goofy mistake.... Logic and common sense has flown out the door in our nation....

David Smith

Doesnt know how many tickets wrre written?

Stop.... jus STOP!!!

Ted Gillis

Yes Paul, logic and common sense have flown out your window for sure.

Think about it, Why would a “democratic” mayor want to willingly stifle the economy of his city? It’s preposterous statement, as the downside next year is going to be a tremendous budget shortfall with forced city layoffs reduced services. Why would any mayor, democrat or otherwise wish for that? These mayors are being forced into making unpopular decisions because they possess logic and common sense, not because of the lack of it.

Your post is what’s lacking.

Carlos Ponce

Truth speaks louder than Ted Gillis.

Wayne D Holt

"These mayors are being forced into making unpopular decisions because they possess logic and common sense, not because of the lack of it."

No, Ted, I will have to disagree with you strenuously. If you think most government and the politicians it employs are guided by logic and common sense, I want to know what country you live in. Politicians are guided by...TADA!..politics.

And the politics of it is that the mass of low information voters drive the dynamics of politics. They believe what is shouted at them from the TV screen or they read a headline and don't bother with trying to understand the statistical chart below it; too much effort. So a politician who takes a principled stand--like Judge Henry did originally--gets pilloried for having the poor taste to question whether he even possessed the legal authority to do what people were clamoring for. It's a thankless place to be in.

The games continue. Ron Paul's blog has pointed out that the wording of Gov. Abbott's last diktat was composed so that the impression was just about everyone had to wear a mask indoors. But the truth is, inside of any store, if you are able to "feasibly keep" six feet of distance from others, you have fulfilled the letter of the decree. But if you try to do that in most stores, they have been browbeaten into refusing to serve you even if you are the only one in there but aren't wearing a mask. The law clearly says you have complied when you keep that distance...but don't try this in real life, kids.

We are so numb from being bamboozled and flimflammed that we just plod along in whatever matrix they erect for us. And BTW, this has nothing to do with the efficacy of masks at this point. This is about the duplicity of getting mileage out of a deliberately vague directive to get compliance you legally don't have the authority to declare.

If the virus doesn't make you sick to your stomach, that level of hypocrisy should do the trick.

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