Many In Lee County Fought Masks, Lockdowns, Government Intervention During COVID. So Now The Government Didn’t Intervene Enough?
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BY: EDITORIAL BOARD | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — We are slightly confused, as we believe many are, with the growing narrative concerning the timing of evacuation orders in Lee County.
We don’t wish death upon anyone, and we certainly don’t wish destruction. But Floridians know that both are possible due to hurricanes. So for six months each year, the National Hurricane Center, the news media, and local leaders remind Floridians to craft a “hurricane plan.” A hurricane plan is like a smoke detector. You change the battery twice a year just in case, but you hope there’s never a need to find out if it works.
Last week, as the monster known as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s west coast, it became clear that a strike was imminent. Anyone with an iota of intelligence knows that a huge hurricane can shift quite a bit in just a little bit of time. When you see a monster approaching, you assume it’s irrational because it’s a monster. You can either ignore it, or you can take action to prevent it from eating you. Most intelligent people would see the monster and leave. In Lee County, however, the growing narrative that local leaders didn’t announce soon enough that a gigantic monster was approaching seems illogical. The monster was huge. It was visible to all.
What’s even more confusing is that Lee County is largely Republican and was very much in the anti-mask part of Florida during COVID. While certainly not applicable to everyone, many in Lee County sided with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in believing that masks are unneeded, lockdowns are unlawful, and the Government shouldn’t be telling people what to do.
Which is what is so nonsensical about the “we weren’t told soon enough” narrative with Ian. How is it that those who fought government intervention now believe the government didn’t tell people what to do soon enough? How can you blame local, state, and federal leaders for not telling you that a monster may attack your area when you can feel that huge monster’s breath days before you feel its teeth?
We wish nothing but a fast recovery for those who lost so much in Lee County. But we also wish that the complaining and blame game stops. In our view, you can’t tell leaders that they can’t tell you what to do, only to later complain that they didn’t tell you what to do.
If you fought masks, fought lockdowns, fought COVID rules and regulations, we believe that you have lost your ability to complain about the timing of Ian evacuation orders. We encourage you to focus on recovery and restoration, not heaping blame on those in both political parties who we believe did nothing wrong.
We ask you for your opinions. Please keep it clean, but feel free to respond, below.
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