Thursday, 23 September 2021 12:55

From the Publisher’s Desk... Political Theater

By Chad Beatty | Editorials

A few weeks ago 44,000 people filled the Saratoga Race Course; throughout the summer indoor and outdoor summer camps were packed with kids; and every Saturday night on Caroline Street, the bars, and the street, are wall to wall people. Well, summer is over, and it is time for the dictatorial edicts to begin again.

It was announced last week that 2–5-year-olds are now required to wear facemasks in daycare, and school-age children are once again forced into mask servitude.

“Follow the science” they say. Ok, let’s follow the science.

First, what is science? In general, science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.

Let’s look at some evidence.

The population of Saratoga and Albany County combined is 500,000+ people. During the 18-months of Covid, zero (ZERO) people under the age of 25 have died from Covid. Another interesting piece of evidence from the CDC website is that nationally 2x as many people under the age of 17 have died from pneumonia than Covid over the past year.

If we follow the science, we should be quite concerned with pneumonia…or heart health for that matter. How about the government put a limit on the number of Big Macs and jumbo diet sodas a family can have in a week?

And what about those poor front-line workers who were heroes a year ago and are now being forced out of their jobs. That was a quick path from heroes to zeros.

Perhaps I am the crazy one and there is a utopian paradise awaiting all of us if we just stop thinking and allow ‘experts’ to make all our decisions; experts who are apolitical, beyond reproach, impervious to outside pressure, and unconcerned with wealth or fame.

Or maybe there is a supreme being who will make our decisions for us. I seem to remember something about a supreme being, but he blessed us all with free will.

- Chad

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