"They that would surrender a little bit of freedom for a little bit of security will soon find they have neither freedom nor security". — Benjamin Franklin


Gov. Kelly, parroting other governors and mayors, has reflexively reacted to media hype over supposedly burgeoning COVID-19 cases/deaths and sought to order mandatory masks, business/school closures, religious restrictions, group size limitations and other limits on freedom.


The simple truth is, the numbers are a lie. The CDC has revealed that it openly combines past COVID-19 cases with current cases for the express purpose of elevating case numbers. According to the CDC, people who have had and recovered from the virus are counted as still having it. Why is a mystery.


Hospital administrators are declaring non-COVID admissions/deaths to be COVID-19 for the express purpose of receiving more federal money. Patients are unnecessarily placed on ventilators so the hospital can receive even more federal money. These include heart attacks, traffic accidents, gunshots, etc.


The result is that the economy is crippled, education halted, freedom curtailed and the public panicked — for our own good, of course.


The reality is that the mortality rate from COVID-19 is less than 1% despite the Pandemic Panic Hype we are told by the media. And, 90%+ of deaths are among the very old/frail and those with already compromised immune systems. For this, we're supposed to panic?!


Perhaps we should instead remember FDR, "The only thing we have to fear is fear, itself."


Oren Long, Hoyt