Vaccination ‘isn’t the only path’ for promoting ‘good health’

Taking comfort from my county’s high vaccination rate, I got smug when out-of-towners questioned the figures. Florida, after all — no explanation needed. But I had reported CDC data, and, indeed, the figures looked impressive. How come our infection and positivity rates stayed so high? Who was left to vaccinate?

To the unvaccinated: ‘Sorry. Time’s up.’

“The vaccinated have for too long carried the burden of the pandemic,” Juliette Kayyem writes in a cut-the-bullshit article for The Atlantic. She makes a point many of us have since the delta variant became a threat in early July: it’s the unvaccinated who should take precautions, not the rest of us. Kayyem cites aContinue reading “To the unvaccinated: ‘Sorry. Time’s up.’”

The CDC and its percolations

On Sanibel, the island off the Southwest Florida coast, I saw nary a mask covering the faces of tourists in flip-flops and whose cars bore license plates issued as close as Cape Coral and as far away as North Dakota. A sprinkling of grocery and general store employees wore them. This happened despite the COVIDContinue reading “The CDC and its percolations”

‘Don’t let political correctness get in the way of health choices’

On the same day conservative talk show hosts and the likes of Michael Flynn called Ron DeSantis a sellout for having the temerity to stress the importance of vaccinations, the Florida governor stuck with the script we have seen him perform since March 2020:

‘People would trust Facebook more than they would trust us’

Although bolder about going indoors in public, I still mask if I’m going to linger someplace: the library, the bookstore, Target, that sort of thing. So long as a chance exists, however small, that a lying unmasked customer can transmit the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID, I cover up. Cases are rising among theContinue reading “‘People would trust Facebook more than they would trust us’”

The GOP hornswoggle over critical race theory

In the summer of 2009 a coordinated series of demonstrations against so-called federal overreach scared the hell out of Democrats and the few Republicans who dared to show affection in public to the first Black president in American history. Conservative mountebanks a dozen years later think they’ve found a way to shake the Biden administrationContinue reading “The GOP hornswoggle over critical race theory”