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home : opinion : opinion July 14, 2020

3/12/2020 6:30:00 AM
Coronavirus: A Lesson In Fear
SIDE NOTE

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Trump’s address to the nation Wednesday night:

“President Trump displayed decisive leadership in outlining steps he is taking to protect the physical and economic health of our nation against the threat of the coronavirus. The President previously made the right call to immediately ban travel from China, and he has made the right call to temporarily ban travel from Europe.

“It is incumbent on our nation’s leaders to cease political posturing and set aside our partisan differences in order to do what is best for our nation to address this public health crisis. I will continue to do my part to make sure we put the health and safety of North Carolinians first and make sure our state is prepared and ready to respond.”



Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


The Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will continue Thursday in Greensboro--but unlike Wednesday, the stands won't be filled with fans. The decision to play the games without spectators was one of a variety of responses to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The decision had already been made to play the NCAA March Madness tournament for the national championship the same way--sans fans.

The NBA had announced it would play games without fans in the arenas; then an NBA player with the Utah Jazz was confirmed to have the coronavirus and the league decided to suspend its season. Fans were already in the stands to watch the San Diego Kings play the New Orleans Pelicans. That's when the plug got pulled, and the season came to a halt.

President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night, but his message of 'keep calm' was overshadowed by his announcement that he was ordering a Euripean travel ban for 30 days.

The stock market reversed Tuesday's rebound with another big down day on Wednesday, and the President's Wednesday night announcement is almost certain to have a big negative impact on Thursday.

The World Health Organization declared coronavirus as a pandemic. In the US, all but six states now have confirmed infections after Arkansas, Mississippi and Wyoming reported their first encounters.



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You can be certain that the terrorists of the world are taking note: learning from what's happening. They now know that they don't have to kill huge numbers of people to make germ warfare successful--they just need to kill enough that panic takes hold and economies including the world's two largest--the US & China--get hit hard by the aftermath.

Some retailers began restricting sales of hand sanitizer and other items on which people were stocking up fearing the worst.

If there has ever been a time when America needed to put aside its political differences and come together, it's now.

“We are all in this together,” President Trump said. He said he plans to take emergency action soon to provide financial relief to workers who are quarantined or caring for others due to coronavirus.

Hospitals have restricted visitation; some states have banned large gatherings. At some places, schools have closed.

Many years ago, long before many of our readers were born, another US President, Franklin Roosevelt, said it well in his inaugural address...
America and the world were entering the dark days of the Great Depression; the optimism of the 1920s was gone. Roosevelt uttered the famous line: "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

During World War II, the English often used the acronym: KCCO. It stood for "keep calm, carry on." As German bombs and rockets descended on them, the English managed to endure. Eventually, Hitler's army would be defeated, but at times, things looked bleak.

We are beginning a period that will test our ability to 'keep calm & carry on.' I don't think the coronavirus (COVID-19) was a terrorist action and I'm not willing to buy into any of the conspiracy theories. This, too, will pass.



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