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A word of thanks

Thanksgiving offers us an opportunity to appreciate our blessings, and in particular our loved ones and the people who make a difference in our lives. Our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, these are the souls who bring joy and richness to our days – and it’s our duty to love them while we can.

This season, I’m also reflecting on the impact of my six colleagues who we know have begun their last year on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. I’d like to say a word of thanks for their service.

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You wouldn’t wear a paper seatbelt

Something is seriously wrong with the experts setting policy today. They are dead set on endangering lives by pushing failed strategies.

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Poor mask messaging harms public health

In the ongoing debate over masks and mask mandates, the common messages at both extremes lack substance. Empty slogans aren’t helping anybody. The civic bloodstream could use an injection of specifics, and a healthy dose of nuance could save lives.

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A mandate-free month

What’s happening in Shelby County, now that restrictions have been lifted and a month has passed since the mask mandate was relaxed?

We’re at 53% of the Health Department’s vaccination goal, and we’re surrounded by Neanderthal thinking. It must be pandemonium, right?

Great question. I’m glad you asked.

The mask mandate was completely irrelevant.

The mandate did not stop cases from rising more than 700% in 2020.

Since the mandate was lifted, the new cases average has dropped 70%.

Even better, the warnings from experts could not have been less accurate.

We weren’t “growing the epidemic.”

The numbers did not “skyrocket.”

Instead of 6,000 active cases, we’re below 400.

Public health may never come to grips with how little control we have over an airborne virus.

But how did they get it so wrong? When will someone in media ask?

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Hygiene theater is giving me a case of the Mondays

When a hypnotherapy session goes awry in the 1999 film Office Space, protagonist Peter Gibbons is released from the anxieties of his soul-sucking job. Returning to work the next week, Peter takes a power drill to his cubicle wall and pushes it open to reveal a clear view of the outside world.

That’s what all of us should be doing to every last vestige of hygiene theater.