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Old 04-11-2020, 09:48 AM
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Originally Posted by victimofGM View Post
It’s sad to me that drive thru daiquiri businesses and liquor stores are considered essential businesses here in Louisiana. I’m currently on the night shift at the hospital and drive past a liquor store on my way to work. Every evening the police aren’t making an arrest that parking lot is full. The roads to and from work are just as busy as before the order at that time of the night.

While some here are blaming Trump or Edwards, I blame China and the WHO. China minimized the severity of the virus and outbreak for months even after local doctors in the area tried to get the warning out and the WHO parroted the official Chinese government’s statements. Government leaders were initially making decisions based upon the official statements from the WHO. When Trump initiated a travel ban from China some in the press called him a racist for doing so. Nation and state leaders can only act upon the information they’re given at the time and the recommendations from those they trust. Monday morning coaching a Sunday game will always show the mistakes coaches and players made but those Monday morning coaches weren’t on the field at the time of the game to know what the players and coaches knew. I don’t like Edwards and I don’t like drive thru daiquiri stores and liquor stores being allowed open but I don’t know what information he was given to make this decision. Perhaps there was a valid reason or perhaps it was an intense lobbying effort on the part of the alcohol industry representatives.

It’s the town, parish, and state’s responsibility to make the initial responses to the best of their abilities and resources and then make targeted appeals to other states and or federal government for specific assistance. Don’t attack the sitting president while at the same time begging for help. That’s counter productive and is just partisan politics.
Of course China downplayed it, that's just China being China. While President Trump should be commended for stopping flights from China and listening to the experts and extending Stay Home and that businesses should close (against every fiber in his body) his failure in those critical weeks at the end of February to take it seriously has had lasting consequences. Not only did he not take the warnings seriously he openly mocked them, this sent a very damaging message that it was no big deal and many still follow this message.
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Old 04-11-2020, 10:10 AM
Location: Denver
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You shouldn't be commended for doing what you're supposed to.
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