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Not a lot out there truthful, sane about Covid reactions

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FromEditorsDesk TonyJust as an experiment, I toiled around social media to gauge the silliness of the current pandemic reactions.

Yes, it was torture, but yes, it is just as hysterical as it always has been, and here we are, two years into this, and this is how people still treat this virus.

Let’s be clear here: I’m not downplaying the seriousness of COVID. I am, however, puzzled at the polarizing and ridiculous reactions to this outbreak.

Here are some of the most head-scratching.

• A family looking to have a pet groomed was informed by a potential groomer that only pets from vaccinated households would be accepted.

• Reported by a news outlet, a man on a transplant list for 5 years was told he could not be active on the list anymore because he is unvaccinated.

• A teacher in the North Penn (Pennsylvania) School District is taping masks to children’s faces.

• A man has won a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for putting on 10 facemasks in the fastest time.

• A life insurance company in France is denying a claim because the covered person died after taking the virus shot, which the company deems experimental.

• The CDC has admitted that cloth masks are ineffective, and Rand Paul wants an apology.

• Clothing manufacturer Carhartt is accused of requiring vaccinations for all U.S. employees while using unvaccinated slave labor in India to create their clothes.

• The state of New Mexico is taking measures to ensure that no one who is unvaccinated can be admitted to the Merry Roundhouse (the Capitol Building), as well as providing booster shots.

In the past two months, I’ve lost people very close to me to the ravages of this disease, and I do not take it lightly at all. However, history has shown for millennia that hysterical reactions to problems simply cause more problems.

So what’s the uptake here? you might be asking. It’s pretty much the same thing. Stop demanding compliance for ineffective measures, stop forcing people to behave in a manner they are not comfortable with, and start treating people with kindness, compassion, and especially in an adult manner.

Stop listening to people who react with histrionics and insults, and start listening to the better angels of your nature. Just as Jesus went among the lepers, reach out your hands and give comfort, because as everyone knows, kindness is strong medicine.

Also, please stop letting people make your decisions for you, particularly and especially the government — federal, state or other.

It’s not as if you need to start an insurrection, regardless of how denial is portrayed. Just remember that it’s your choice how to proceed with your life, not the government’s. It’s not up to anyone other than you to determine what’s best for you and your family.

As much as I love dogs, the eight cats at my house groom themselves, if you know what I’m saying.

Tony Farkas is editor of the San Jacinto News-Times. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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