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Get Smart Again

In spite of Donald Trump’s hospitalization for COVID-19, many of his supporters are still calling it all a hoax.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, age 87, won’t seek a coronavirus test, even though he met with Republican Senator Mike Lee, who tested positive for COVID-19.

The large majority of credible medical professionals have clearly stated that wearing masks and social distancing is effective and can save 100,000 lives in the USA over the next several months.

At the recent presidential debate at The Cleveland Clinic, the entire Trump entourage took off their masks as they sat down, in spite of the clinic’s requirement that masks be worn.

A neighbor of mine told me that Americans don’t like masks.

I just came back from Westhampton Beach Village, where several people were walking around and close to others and not wearing masks.

I read that Hope Hicks was mocked by her White House colleagues for occasionally wearing a mask.

Chris Christie, who prepped Trump for his debate, is now hospitalized with COVID-19.

Several Republican senators now have COVID-19 — yet, Mitch McConnell is plowing ahead with meetings and hearings to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacancy on the Supreme Court. Mike Pence, who has been in close proximity to several Republicans who are infected with COVID-19, is planning to continue attending public campaign events starting on October 5.

Ed Rollins, a longtime hard-nosed Republican operative, just said the Republican Party will pay a price for its “stupid” approach to the pandemic.

The White House shows little effort in contact tracing for hundreds potentially exposed to Trump.

Hong Kong, which is very densely populated, has 1/45th of the death rate in the USA. In Hong Kong, 97 percent of their population are wearing masks.

It has long been claimed, by many, that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. From my perspective, we are definitely not united, and we certainly aren’t doing a great job in our handling of this pandemic. Rather, many of our European allies pity us.

Many words come to mind in describing a large swath of the United States at this point in time: divided, sad, stupid, ignorant, selfish, irresponsible, arrogant …

Come on, America … get smart again.

Dick Sheehan

Westhampton Beach