The Value of Life in a Pandemic

The Value of Life in a Pandemic

As of the morning of April 23, 2020, 47,992 Americans have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus sweeping across the earth.  The first known US death from COVID-19 was on February 6, 2020, so all of the 47,992 died in slightly less than 2 ½ months.  In comparison, the 15-year US military death toll in the Vietnam War, from 1961-1975, was 58,220.  On April 22nd, my 86-year-old aunt became one of those COVID-19 death statistics.

Over the past several days, we’ve been hearing calls for reopening the government.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said, “There are more important things than living.” when asked about the dangers of reopening the state too early.  Indiana Representative Trey Hollingsworth said about the potential loss of life that “it is the lesser of these two evils” in calling for reopening the economy.

In a 25-minute interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called for opening the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, without offering any plan for social distancing or other safety measures.  Instead, she said she offered to use the crowded casinos as a “control group” to test what going back to normal conditions would do to the local coronavirus infection and death rates.  When Cooper asked her if she would be on the casino floors each night, showing the world that it was safe, she deflected the question. Once again, as has happened over and over again in history, the rich and powerful are ready to sacrifice other people’s children, parents, siblings, relatives, and friends to protect their fortunes and power.

The Value of Life in a Pandemic

Mindy Schwartz is a blogger, life-long political activist, pet nutritionist, wife, daughter, DogMom, DemCast California Content Captain, and Jew. She is equally proud of all of those roles.

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Cee’s Flower of the Day – August 4, 2019: Aster

My heart goes out to the people of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas
today.

I hope we in the States can unite to end the evil that poisons our nation.

Aster is my Third entry for Cee’s FOTD challenge.

Get out there and VOTE!

from Life of an El Paso Woman

Life of an El Paso Woman

20181022_170253.pngHi everyone! I hope you’ve been well! What’s new in your world? I’ve been SUPER busy working two jobs these days. If you’re in Texas, early voting for our midterm election for state senator and other important offices began today. Early voting started/starts on different dates in other states. Election Day here in the U.S. is on Nov. 6. I cast my ballot earlier this afternoon at one of the local malls. It was good to stand in line for about 20 minutes. There was about 20 people ahead of me and another 20-30 behind me. There’s been times when there’s maybe five people in line with me so…I say it’s starting off as a good voter turnout. 

FB_IMG_1540248932644.jpgWhile at mass a couple of Sundays ago, the Father strongly suggested voting in this midterm election. He made a very good point. He said we don’t have the right to complain…

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Beto O’Rourke Art from El Paso

from Life of an El Paso Woman

Life of an El Paso Woman

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well! I’m sorry I haven’t been around the blog too much, I’ve been on assignment lately. I’ve been reading and commenting on blogs but I haven’t written in a few days here. I had fun writing my last couple of assignments for a weekly publication in El Paso. One of my stories has to do with local artist Patrick Gabaldon’s art of Beto O’ Rourke. All of the monies Patrick raises from his art goes towards O’ Rourke’s campaign. If you follow current events, social media and/or my blog, you’ve most likely heard of O’ Rourke. He’s running against Senator Ted Cruz in the midterm election on Nov. 6. Texas is known as a red state aka conservative state. Some say it’s impossible for Texas to ever become  a blue state aka liberal. El Paso is liberal but most counties in Texas are conservative…

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