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If reader is wrong, he says he won’t be around to find out

Coronavirus pandemic has halted a strong U.S. economy and erased millions of jobs ‘for no good reason,’ reader contends

It seems as if all of golf’s intelligentsia is headquartered in the midst of coronavirus panic central. Listening to East Coast media, one would think that social distancing and masking will go on forever.

Here in the West, there is no such belief. And I suspect in the Midwest and South, as well.

We’ll see golf and other major sports proceed – cautiously, at first – and in full blossom soon thereafter when further catastrophe fails to live up to warnings.

It’s becoming evident that social distancing makes not a bit of difference for most Americans. Yes, we seniors and infirm should exercise a bit more caution for a while, but a strong U.S. economy has been knocked to its knees for little reason, in my humble opinion. Along with it, thousands of industries and millions of jobs. For no good reason.

Even if golf escaped the worst effects of lockdowns, stay-at-home dictates, etc., COVID-19 has been devastating for far too many, simply because of fear. An unfounded fear of a virus that’s proving to be much like an annual flu. And a virus for which thousands of doctors attest there is already an effective treatment. It’s insanity in spades.

Flame away, but if I’m wrong, I won’t hear you. I’ll be 6 feet under, for the first time in my life.

Gary Stauffenberg

One person’s ‘distraction’ is another’s deadly disaster
Reader Allen Freeman wrote that the coronavirus pandemic is an overblown economic distraction (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 5).

I know of three people who have died and have a family member who is a critical-care nurse on the front lines in New York City, trying her best to save lives. She has told her family that opening up the country is dangerous and will cause lives to be lost and altered forever.

Freeman is concerned about not only playing golf but socializing, when the only way people get this is by doing that. This issue is life and death. Study the Spanish flu of 100 years ago.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

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