To the editor:

I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe but what the political fear wagon and media are selling is a disgrace. It exceeds logic.

Yes, I believe we can take back our lives and freedom if we turn our backs on Covid-19 politics and pseudoscience. The term “new normal” is a sick fantasy! We all need to get back to our normal or improved lives. Don’t buy into the new normal ideology.

There is a responsibility that comes with freedom. I’m not saying you should be reckless. But at the same time there’s a time when we the people need to say enough.

Flattening the curve so hospitals were not overwhelmed seemed reasonable at the time. But now it has become unreasonable and more about flexing political power. I don’t know about you but I’m sick of the politicians who think they know better than you and me.

If you are curious and you want to verify for yourself you will find on the CDC website there are approximately 647,000 heart disease, 599,000 cancer and 169,000 unintentional deaths in 2017 (I don’t know the numbers for 2018 and 2019 but expect the numbers are going up each year from past observations). There were 55,672 flu deaths in 2017 and 160,000 respiratory and 146,000 stroke and 121,000 Alzheimer deaths as well. Just these numbers alone are over a million and a half deaths per year and likely rising. If you add up additional deaths not listed here there are over two million deaths per year in a population of about 320 million in the United States.

Here’s a serious question! Should we be fearing the flu or the food we eat? Where are the politicians concerns about cancer and heart disease? It’s an annual epidemic! What about the water quality? How about the air we breathe? Should we be spreading anxiety and ruining businesses? Should we take away your choice to make risk assessments? Should you be driving a car because God forbid we could get killed (35,000-40,000 deaths annually)? My body my choice, right?

I believe in freedom and what’s going on today is not freedom. It is a political hit job. Folks, it is time to wake up and vote politicians out of office who are playing politics with our lives.

Coming from a blue collar worker and using common sense, we are all risk-takers and that’s part of living. What is not normal is politicians telling us what we can and can’t do. Don’t accept this as the new normal! That’s sick! That’s not freedom. 

I don’t care about the pandemic, politics and psuedoscience being used as an excuse to take away our God-given rights of freedom. Politicians have overstepped the Constitution and their own power. It’s time we take back control and get on with our lives. We. the people. did not vote for dictators!