As we move through the weeks and months ahead, we will never know how many lives were saved or not by the lockdown. What will become much clearer as time passes, however, is how many people in Western North Carolina and across the country have lost their employment, their businesses and their housing due to decisions made by government and unelected health officials. This lockdown has put more people in physical, mental, emotional and economic jeopardy than the virus ever could have.
What will also become clearer with each passing day is how our civil liberties and freedoms we once enjoyed and took for granted have been restricted and curtailed right before our eyes.
All to keep us safe. We are still being told we cannot gather together for church, school, sports and other social occasions, despite the computer projections being wrong over and over again and the virus’s peak having passed. (But what about the second wave?!!) Stay safe, stay home.
We need to open up our society again and get back to work and play. We need to gather with our loved ones again and enjoy the sports, music, theater and dance that give us hope and lift our spirits. Hugs and handshakes are a thing of the past only if we choose to live in fear. Those who are elderly or with compromised immune systems should certainly take precautions. But for people to live in fear, isolation and under lockdown because the “experts” order us to is no way to live in the land of the free.
— Gardner Hathaway