SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

October 4, 2012

Letter: The sky is not falling

To the editor:

Seven people in Massachusetts have contracted EEE, according to officials. Two elderly of the seven have died. Now the Health Police have decreed that all outside activity must stop, lest this “plague” overtake us all.

Surely more than seven people fall in their bathtubs in Massachusetts each week (or maybe even each day), and perhaps two of those seven die from their injuries. Do we forbid our citizens from taking a bath?

Talk about overreaction. Isn’t it enough to simply warn the citizenry and give them information to protect themselves? Then they can decide how great the risks are and act accordingly. No. We need the nanny state to protect us from our own stupidity. And we are even encouraging our neighbors to “snitch” on us. Why does this sound like something familiar from the 1930s?

It’s high time for common sense to reassert itself in our lives. Otherwise, who knows what will be the next target of these zealots?

Richard W. Symmes

Beverly

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium