I'm not sure which to be more afraid of: COVID-19 or the politicians running the city and county. Did any of these so-called leaders expect confirmed cases to go down once widespread testing was available?

Shuttering businesses cost thousands of low-income people their livelihood, but the leaders making the decisions aren't economically impacted. Maybe if they lost their paycheck until this "pandemic" is over they'd change their perspective.

Continuing to limit how businesses can operate, holding the threat of fines (and imprisonment?) over their heads, and threatening the masses with lockdown orders and fines aren't going to magically make this virus go away.

Those not exposed now will be exposed later either through contact or forced vaccination. Numbers will rise again (oooh, another record rise). People will die. And if you're one of the individuals with underlying conditions (like our mayor) stay away form the rest of us, but don't expect us to cower in a corner with our face mask on.

The sooner everyone is exposed, the sooner we can all move on with our lives.

Mark Chevalier

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Carlos Ponce

In the meantime before a vaccine protect the vulnerable. A person in relatively good health will have mild or no symptoms. More than 43,000 long-term care residents and staff have died from the Wuhan virus. The rest are people with some other physical infirmity.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Carlos, with this Virus you don't know how your body will respond. For my husband and I is was not like the flu and we are basically healthy. We are still recovering from the residue of COVID. Its something about this virus that can change the body's composition. We must be very careful until a vaccine is found. This virus is dangerous and not to be under estimated.

Jack Cross

You nailed it, for 365, 000 people in the county and only 40 deaths and most of them in nursing homes and people with pre existing conditions, my chances of dying are greater driving to the store than getting the virus. After this is over and we see the costs and the damage, there is going to be an awaking. Is there just a little bit of presidential politics entered into some of these decisions on a national level. Just asking?

Gary Scoggin

There are over 120,000 American families that will disagree that this virus isn’t that bad.

Carlos Ponce

For the elderly and those with pre-existing ailments it's bad. For the person in relatively good health - either no problem or a mild problem.

jimmy winston

Its only if you think that permanent lung damage is a mild problem.

Carlos Ponce

Those who are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms do not get "permanent lung damage".

Gary Scoggin

No, but they pass the disease on to others that might.

Carlos Ponce

See my first post for this, Gary Scoggin.

philip wade

The Israelis introduced a new vaccine a few days ago and already a woman who was at death's door is improving. They said she had already gone into the "white lung" stage. You can read it if you google unitedwithisrael. org and scroll down.

Bailey Jones

It's not a vaccine, it's blood plasma containing antibodies from recovered COVID patients. It's great that it helped that one lady, and maybe it will help more. But a "vaccine" that can only be made from the blood of people who have the disease it's trying to eradicate is obviously limited.

Wayne D Holt

Gary, time to update that number. Joe Biden just announced that 120,000,000 American's have died from this virus. I think he must know something we don't.

Casey Alan

First of all you really don’t need an underlining condition to catch it. You really don’t know how your body is going to react to it once you do. And underlining condition can be something as little as asthma. I would be willing to bet that there is someone in your family who has some underlying condition and are old. Which one of them do you want to die?

Carlos Ponce

"you really don’t need an underlining condition to catch it" True.

"You really don’t know how your body is going to react to it once you do." Based on worldwide observation if you are in good health you can predict at least mild reaction.

"something as little as asthma" That's NOT little, Casey.

I'm old and overweight but "'I'm not scared of dying. And I don't really care. If it' s peace you find in dying, well then, let the time be near. If it's peace you find in dying, well then let the time be near. And when I die, and when I'm gone, there'll be one child born In this world to carry on, to carry on, yeah yeah. Give me my freedom for as long as I be. All I ask of living is to have no chains on me. All I ask of living is to have no chains on me. And all I ask of dying is to go naturally. Oh, I want to go naturally."

Casey Alan

First of all people there are lots of people out there who consider asthma as nothing. I have asthmatic people in my family I know it’s important. Some have it worse than others just like anything else. Unfortunately you can’t grasp its meaning of what I was trying to get across. Again not surprising. You’re not afraid of dying so good for you. You say you’re overweight so you don’t care about your health. Maybe you don’t have people out there who want to see you live. Who want to have you in their life. I am healthy I am not overweight I have no underlying conditions. My grandchildren want me in their lives. My elderly mother needs my assistance. I don’t want to catch it from some fool and accidentally bring it to her. She would not survive. I want her in my life for as long as possible. I know lots of young healthy people who do not want to catch it. The vast majority of the population has some type big or small underlining condition. Why should people not be able to go to the grocery store, not be able to go to work, not be able to go to the doctor. Just because a few people who aren’t afraid of dying refused to wear a mask? You want to die be my guest.

Carlos Ponce

" I have asthmatic people in my family I know it’s important." 'Nuff said. I think it's important, too!

jimmy winston

I cant believe GDN continues to post insane pieces like this.

Carlos Ponce

Well Jimmy, they allow you to post your "insane pieces". It's called freedom of speech which was originally supposed to mean what you said was protected by the First Amendment. Now it's been interpreted to refer to all forms of self expression.

Bailey Jones

Local businesses are acting on their own, and shutting down temporarily, to protect their employees. Apparently caring about employees is still a Galveston value.

To be clear, local restaurants aren't closing because they've been asked to require masks. They are closing because their employees are getting sick. If you want to keep local businesses open, just wear your mask.

Jim Forsythe

Businesses are depending on us to wear masks and the other steps need to keep them running.

Not too long ago, people were demanding that bars open. Now some people are not wanting to do what necessary for the bars to comply with the requirements.

The Governor has started to revoke liquor licenses for 30 days for bars, not in compliance.

Businesses can be fined up to $1000 in some places for customers not wearing masks (Harris County for one). They can not afford to pay unnecessary fines because some people are not willing to comply with wearing a mask.

If you want the business to be able to stay open, take the steps necessary for them to do so.

Bailey Jones

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Ted Gillis

BJ Thomas?

Ted Gillis

Or Blood Sweat and Tears?

Terri Abraham

Yes, I think it was Blood Sweat & Tears.

I 'm not afraid of dying, either, but I'd rather do it later, and not on a vent, unable even with that to oxygenate. I think there must be a whole lot of more natural, peaceful ways to die than to slowly suffocate

Jim Forsythe

And When I Die

Blood, Sweat & Tears

I'm not scared of dying

And I don't really care

If it' s peace you find in dying

Well then, let the time be near

If it's peace you find in dying

Well then dying time is near

Just bundle up my coffin

Cause it's

Cold way down there

I hear that it's

Cold way down there, yeah

Crazy cold, way down there

And when I die, and when I'm gone

There'll be, one child, born

In this world

To carry on, to carry on

Carlos Ponce

"The Masque of the Red Death" aka "The Mask of the Red Death". No matter how hard Prospero tried to escape the plague, it eventually caught up to him. There's a lesson here.

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