Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

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By Lisa Sloan of Goleta

Dear Honorable County Supervisors,

Thank you kindly to Chair Hart and Supervisors Hartman and Williams for responding to my letter from last week.  You each described the plan to send a letter formally requesting Governor Newsom to ungroup our county from the Southern California Region and to form a Central Coast region with Ventura and San Luis Obispo.  Meanwhile, each day that goes by waiting for a response, our county continues to suffer.  

Would you please help your constituents who wish to make a living, go to school, and worship God in church? These lockdowns are political and are not based upon science.  The data does not warrant the closures for a virus with a 99.8% survival rate, according to the CDC.  Besides, nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is there a provision for the Bill of Rights to become void in time of pestilence or any other emergency crisis.  

What makes us think that a tyrannical Grinch Newsom will respond in a timely manner to our pitiful letter?  Businesses that have submitted their attestations obviously intend to be protective of their customers.  Meanwhile, Newsom breaks his own guidelines.  Do his actions demonstrate that he believes his guidelines are effective?  No, the only goal of this Grinch is to steal Christmas.

Stop the interminable unscientific and unconstitutional closures of businesses, schools and churches, whether our hospital capacity is measured as a sole County or as the entire Southern California region.  Don't wait for a response to your letter that may never come!  Please protect your constituents now.  Uphold your oath of office.  Defy the Grinch!

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Eggs Ackley Dec 16, 2020 04:00 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

“I...feel perfectly safe” “given our struggling economy” You attitude will prolong the pandemic and destroy more lives and businesses. Do no harm/Don’t be an idiot

OpossumBoy Dec 15, 2020 07:35 AM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

VOR, your post at 5:27pm makes incredibly good sense to me. I like to eat out once or twice a week, and feel perfectly safe with the mandated outdoor seating and distancing. I don’t think hindering the operation of restaurants is the right thing to do, given our struggling economy. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to pay rent to the property owner. Some restaurants have already shut their doors forever.

a-1608005440 Dec 14, 2020 08:10 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

VOR, it is possible that there is an essential reason to travel cross country. It's absolutely not essential for you to enjoy your meal at Chili's. It all comes down to risks. And your right to dine at your establishment falls way down on the chain of potential necessary risks. Stay at home, don't eat out at restaurants, and only travel if you need to. It ain't that hard

a-1607999005 Dec 14, 2020 06:23 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

Voice: It's NEVER been a safe bet to fly during a pandemic and no one has ever said it is, yet it is allowed because flying is a necessity is some cases (business, medical, etc), eating outdoors isn't. You can purchase take out from restaurants or cook for yourself.

Voice of Reason Dec 14, 2020 06:12 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

That was two quick downvotes from the usual crew but neither bothered to answer how flying is safe but outdoor dining isn’t.

Voice of Reason Dec 14, 2020 05:27 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

How does "science" say it's safe to sit on full plane, mere inches from strangers, while taking off your mask to eat and drink, while flying for 7 hours cross-country, but it is not safe to eat outside? California Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly: “The decision to include among other sectors outdoor dining and limiting that — turning to restaurants to deliver and provide takeout options instead — really has to do with the goal of trying to keep people at home, not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining,” Here the state is admitting that the "science" behind banning outdoor dining is psychology not epidemiology. The federal government didn't shut down any business, the state did, while admitting is was to compel a different action and not because outdoor dining was a problematic source of the spread. It is simply not okay to use this rational to destroy the lives of so many people in California. I can't express how disappointed I am that so many in our community support these tyrannical actions that don't effect themselves while having serious and long-lasting health and wellness consequences for those directly impacted by it. It isn't like there are no alternatives to this, there are! There is a 100% guaranteed way to keep anyone who chooses safe, JUST STAY HOME.

a-1607991538 Dec 14, 2020 04:18 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

"These lockdowns are political and are not based upon science" - and no need to read any further than that. smh.

running_mike Dec 14, 2020 09:35 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

AGREE 100%
It is all about controlling the population. Don't fall for it.

a-1607993526 Dec 14, 2020 04:52 PM
Opinion: Defy Grinch Newsom

I agree. Sounds like another "magical thinker", like the lame duck.


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