Is San Luis Obispo County willing to kill us?

April 25, 2020

Jerry Bunin

OPINION by JERRY BUNIN

No matter how hard I try, I can’t stop being extremely angry that local government is trying to assign some economic value to my life.

My life is priceless. So is yours. Government shouldn’t be willing to kill me. Yet it is now the official position of local government that public health is no longer the top priority in fighting COVID-19. It is now being balanced with reopening the economy.

Official documents regularly admit that that position will cause more people to get infected and die.

When you voted, did you agree to give local officials the power of life and death over you, your family, friends, co-workers and everyone else? I didn’t and won’t.

It is stupid, dangerous and completely wrong for San Luis Obispo County officials to be working so hard to jeopardize our lives in order to restart the local economy prematurely. Of course, it is wildly premature – no vaccine, woefully inadequate testing, continuing shortage of medical equipment and thousands of people dying every day.

Mary Shaffer and I have tried to buy face masks for a month. Our orders never get filled or mailed to us. We wear bandanas as if something I used to sneeze into is my chief line of defense against a global killer. How dumb is that?

Here is my plan. Every government official who approves reopening the economy in the next few months should be required to volunteer that their entire family and everyone who works for them will serve as guinea pigs to see if their plan works. If they get sick, too bad! Whose fault is that?

I am going to read the county plan when it is released, allegedly early next week. However, my efforts will be useless. It will only make me angrier. No elected official cares. They already made a decision.

County supervisors and mayors have already asked Governor Newsom to allow them to ease restrictions before the plan is finished or approved or publicly released so we could comment on it. In other words, my opinion and yours and regardless what is in the plan, a decision has already been made.

That is offensive – bad decision-making, bad government, idiotic and grounds to recall them.

Every poll you see shows that 70 to 80 percent of the public opposes loosening the restrictions. An AP poll released today reported that 95 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of Republicans believe the restrictions in place are about right or don’t go far enough.

Who do our elected officials represent? How do they know what the majority of us want?

Everyone one who goes out while restrictions are still in place is seeing dozens of people who are not wearing face masks, are not following social distancing guidelines, and are so selfish that they have willfully chosen to kill people.

I am also going a keep a list of every local business that opens when it should not, and I will never go to that store ever again. If if doesn’t value my life, I don’t value that business.

PS: I don’t respond to Trump supporters or people who think objective news reporting or polls they don’t like are fake.

Jerry Bunin is a long-time Oceano resident, former journalist and also the former goverment affairs director for the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast.


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analyticone

I have always respected you Jerry, and I do moreso now. In 1907 my step-great grandmother died days after childbirth because the doctor amputated a gangrenous leg and then delivered her baby. My great aunt says they just didn’t understand about germs in those days. A decade later my great-great-aunt died of the Spanish flu at the age of 26 leaving small children behind. We learned lessons about the spread of disease over 100 years ago that have been scientifically reinforced time and again. None of us has the right to infect another because we insist on exercising our right not to wear a mask. This isn’t about civil rights, it’s about civil responsibility. So long as I can help it, I will not allow anyone to decide for me whether my safety matters or not.


Robert1

Jerry has every right to stay in his home, his right to shelter does not Trump my rights, period.


laftch

From my observations out and about today, the government is going to have to kill a lot more people if they expect to keep this lock down in effect.


fish

100% correct thank you


enoughalready

Jerry, do the math! What’s the population of SLO county.. 40K? Divide the #of people that have died in the County by this denominator and multiply the answer by 100. Percentages matter! Proly less than 0.5%! Then look at the economic devastation to our county! Again those making the decisions are gainfully employed! We are not ALL in this together (so sick of hearing that!). GET TO WORK says this American Patriot… and if you are scared, stay home! Remember… we are all gonna die of something! God Bless America


laftch

Right on!


givemeliberty

The population is approximately 283,000, with 1 death that means the mortality rate per capita in SLO County is .00035%.


Nick Alter

I agree with Jerry and find some of the above comments to be unreasoned, especially the ones about being denied free choice when it comes to public health and safety. Are we being denied free choice when banned from smoking in public places?


Comments such as the one about the number of deaths projected six weeks ago being so much greater than what we’ve “ended up with“ are troubling not only because they fail to grasp why the numbers are lower but also because they reflect the thinking of so many who interpret them to mean the issue has been overblown and therefore reason to relax public-health guidance. The numbers are lower because the public generally followed guidance. Had it not, we would in all likelihood have met or exceeded those early projections.


givemeliberty

The comparison might work better if we put all smokers on house arrest. But we don’t, we just ask that they inconvenience themselves a bit by not partaking in a certain habit in certain places. This would be more akin to asking people to wear masks or keep a certain distance; minor inconveniences for the good of public health. What we are experiencing now is not a minor inconvenience, it’s a major burden for many many people.


Violent_Felon

This is true. It absolutely is a burden, and eventually most businesses will need to reopen. That being said, a large number of voices calling for reopening are exhibiting motivated reasoning and think the virus is overblown and a hoax. If we reopen with the attitude that the virus was a hoax, we have no hope of keeping the numbers down.


enoughalready

The models have proved to be crap! You don’t put people out of business or step on civil liberties based on “likelihood “


mazin

BINGO, JERRY!

Open up the County and folks from the urban areas, will flee here. Wouldn’t you? All the while SLO County has “no vaccine, woefully inadequate testing, continuing shortage of medical equipment”. I might add for the first responders, tough luck.

To state the obvious, if the BOS vote to open up prematurely, the illness will come, and THEY will be held responsible. It will be the end of the respective Supervisor’s career. They will suffer the same fate as the dumber than a barrel of hair, the spiker in chief, “disinfectant shooting Don”.

And people on this board continue to support doofus POTUS and prattle off the Fox News nonsense. You probably still trust Rev. Jim Bakker. Don’t know when to jump off the doofus bus.


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