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DeWine is playing politics

To the editor:

On March 15, Gov. Mike DeWine shut down the restaurants and bars in Ohio — what? Doesn’t Mike know that the food service jobs in Ohio are about 10 percent of the jobs in Ohio? Many of these affected people are rather low-income people — what are they supposed to do? Will these people have jobs to go back to after this? Well, DeWine says he is sorry about that.

Governments thrive on fear. It’s government’s way to gain power and exercise it on us. Let’s see, this virus originated in China. China was having big problems with the Hong Kong protests, and they did not want to invade Hong Kong. How better to stop the riots than to make people fear getting together? Have you heard anything about the riots lately?

We are already in a recession because of government shutdowns, and we will be in a depression if DeWine and his ilk keep shutting things down. Shutdowns are sort of the definition of a depression. But usually depressions are not self-inflicted except for Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Hugo Chavez and others.

Fear is a powerful tool. DeWine and his ilk are using fear to manipulate. He wants to be the hero who stopped this “killer plague,” and when it doesn’t amount to much — as it wouldn’t in any case — he will claim the credit for stopping this “pestilence.” Unfortunately, DeWine is leading the charge into an economic death spiral — just as the other “leaders” are.

Just as the main damage from the Sept. 11 attack was from the overreaction to the attack — not the attack, this overreaction to the coronavirus will do much more economic damage than the virus will.

There is this massive run on toilet paper — what does the virus have to do with toilet paper? Nothing.

After all, it is among the few things still made in the United States. People read on Facebook that everyone is buying toilet paper; therefore, they conclude that there will be a shortage. Why the shortage? Because everyone is buying it for no reason that relates to the virus. It would be rational for people to fear running out of medicine, as most of it is made in China and India.

This isn’t a food-borne disease; it is a particulate matter-contact disease. So why did DeWine shut down bars and restaurants but not the churches — where strangers are sitting together?

Yes, yes, there are going to be deaths from this virus. The CDC estimates that there were 61,099 flu-related deaths in the 2017-2018 influenza season. Did this cause shutdown and panic? No. If DeWine is so worried about deaths, why doesn’t he shut down the highways as there were 118,435 highway deaths reported during the last three years.

DeWine, let’s get things in perspective — instead of playing politics and destroying the economy.

Hugh Nile

Calcutta

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