Posted August 2, 2020
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president. In my travels across both of my Taylorville and Clinton markets the last several months during the coronavirus outbreak, I've heard the same thing from our listeners and advertisers. And, it's this question: Who are we to believe?
Sadly, I don't have an answer for them. When you mix an unknown virus, politicians and fear, that's a bad combination. Going into the outbreak, both Republicans and Democrats scared us into staying in our homes as much as possible because they didn't want to be blamed for killing off Grandma.
As the months have worn on, the noise from both the left and the right, has gotten louder. We have Al Sharpton on the left and Tucker Carlson on the right, espousing their views on the coronavirus outbreak, and basically saying if you don't believe everything they tell us, you're stupid.
Unfortunately, the answer to all this noise is in the middle, but no politican is willing to go there for fear they'll be severely criticized for moving from the far left or far right.
The answer is in the middle because that's where common sense is. Common sense is to respect this virus by being responsible and making smart decisions. Practice social distancing, wear a mask anytime you're out of the house going to the store or pharmacy, and wash your hands. If you're in the vulnerable population or have other health conditions, take that into consideration anytime you do anything or go anywhere.
We should all just be using common sense thru this. A vaccine is coming. We don't know when. But, until then, let's not go off the cliff and believe everything the left or the right are telling us.
Because, the answer is in the middle.
Stay healthy and safe and there will be a positive end to this.
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