Couldn’t agree with Mike Cronan’s letter in the Newburyport Daily News more.
The reactions of local authorities to the coronavirus are head scratchers.
Mulching in the skateboard park near Nock was an embarrassing piece of government overreach. It got Newburyport some “great” press!
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Covid-19 Dashboard for May 4th, ZERO teenagers have died from the coronavirus. Confining/Restricting teenagers is based then on what supporting health statistics? Destroying three months of schooling and activities for teenagers over these obvious numbers doesn’t make sense.
How about taking local action based on these statistics instead: The average age of the Massachusetts fatalities is 82, and 95% of the fatalities were seventy and over. How would closing schools and confining teenagers fix those stats? How has confining folks in nursing homes and healthcare facilities helped those stats?
The healthy and productive, as well as kids of all ages, have played along passively for far too long. The numbers do not support the treatment those groups have been enduring. Time for them to press the “had enough” button and at least question the actions of local officials.
(Sent this to the Newburyport Daily News on May 6, 2020)