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States with strong lockdowns had better economies and fewer deaths

BY: - June 16, 2021

Just as there’s a lot of sketchy Anti-Vaxxer Propaganda, there are also a lot of flawed attacks upon lockdowns.  But just as lockdowns did shut down the skyrocketing death rates, new economic data reveals that those states that implemented such measures designed to save lives also did a better job of rescuing their economies as […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned by House GOP leader

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according to […]

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Masks off: The nuance behind the CDC’s controversial decision

BY: - May 21, 2021

In other times, a “masks off” announcement might have been celebrated. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped straight into controversy. The confusion was palpable. Debates immediately spun out over whether the CDC’s decision to remove masks was backed by science. Some experts quickly condemned the decision. The largest nurses’ union came out strongly against the new […]

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated to continue […]

Half a million deaths later, Ohio gov says he didn’t foresee magnitude of pandemic

BY: - February 23, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has been grinding on for so many months that it’s easy to become numb to its staggering cost. But now, as the United States is crossing the grim milestone of 500,000 dead from the disease, it seems as if February 2020 marked the end of a different, easier era. In Ohio, where […]

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone. “The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Biden said Thursday. […]

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How individual rights and government regulation are both necessary for a free society

BY: - December 15, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot, recently, about the tension between demanding “individual rights” – in the sense of deciding whether or not to wear a mask – and calling for more action on the part of our government to protect us from the coronavirus pandemic. I’m a political theorist, which means I study how communities […]

Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: - November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

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Trump, Republican enablers busy proving they are a threat to the integrity of the American Republic

BY: - November 11, 2020

Words matter. The words of America’s elected leaders matter. Their silence matters, too. Take the coronavirus pandemic. Following the lead of President Donald Trump, hundreds of elected officials across the country — including many in Ohio — have argued against the use of face masks in spite of overwhelming scientific consensus that they represent the […]

Southeast Ohio town grapples with unusual conflict over masks, COVID-19

BY: - October 25, 2020

Cheryl Gordon keeps a “Stand with Smitty” sign hanging in her front window. It supports Logan-Hocking School resource officer Chris “Smitty” Smith, who made national news last month after he told a woman attending a football game that she had put on a mask because of the pandemic rules — or leave. When the woman […]

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

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Join me in singing the ‘Boring (and Infuriating) Pandemic Blues’

BY: - September 17, 2020

I’m bored. Nearly seven months into my one and only pandemic, I’m totally over it. This vile, deadly germ. It’s thrown a blanket over life in this country and world, and killed nearly 200,000 in the U.S. Wholly politicized in this country (no surprise there), it doesn’t appear to be going anyplace soon. Maybe not […]