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To the editor:
As conspiracy theories and misinformation continue to flood this country, I feel I have to speak out.
The “big lie” and the continuing spread of misinformation is dangerous to the health and well being of our nation.
People are dying unnecessarily. Dr. Nicole Linder in Michigan, with permission from her “special” patient Kathy dying of COVID 19, who was adamantly opposed to getting the vaccine, says this, “I am fatigued, and I am heartsick, I am tired of watching people suffer needlessly and die from a disease that could have been prevented by a simple safe and effective vaccine.”
It seems like we politicize everything but how do you politicize, a virus, a protein molecule that is not really alive and is certainly neither a democrat or a republican. The vaccine has been politicized as well but two administrations are responsible for vaccine development and distribution.
The anti government conspiracy theories like Q Anon are also very dangerous. Case in point, ex-Marine and self described “survivalist” Bryan Riley who massacred a Florida family because he believed that he was trying to save a non existent sex trafficking victim named Amber. The only survivor of the family massacre that included her father Justice Gleason, his girlfriend, Theresa Lanham, and her 3 month old brother was an 11 year old girl who was shot multiple times to force her to disclose the whereabouts of the nonexistent Amber. He also murdered Lanham’s mother.
Wearing body armor, the well armed Riley [they always seem to be well armed], fired at least 100 shots in the family home exchanging 60 shots in a gun battle with law enforcement officers.
It should be obvious to anyone that social media and smart phones are not making people any smarter. Hadn’t really thought about the spread of these crazies in Ringgold County until a discussion with a friend in Hy Vee was interrupted by a person babbling about the “deep state.”
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a vaccine for that.
Mary Kathryn Gepner