To the Editor:
When I read your editorial in a recent paper, I thought it was a parody. Then I realized you might be serious. At risk of being one-upped, it requires a response.
What are parents protesting to get a return to in-person school for their children doing? Well, for starters, they are “peaceably assembling” to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
I seem to remember reading that somewhere. Of course – the First Amendment to the Constitution, which happens to adorn the banner over each Opinion page you publish. Perhaps your editorial writers were unaware of this.
Next, they are teaching their children how to protest without violence, riots, looting, or setting things alight. Lessons, I might point out, that certain other groups much in the news lately have yet to learn.
We do not make public policy because of things that “reportedly”occurred. Perhaps your editorial staff could commit some journalism instead ofrepeating rumors.
Finally, let’s look at some Covid facts:
• In Cook County, only one person under 18 has died with Covid. And this individual had significant underlying health issues.
• The Cook County 7-day moving average “with Covid” death rate is now around 5, down from the May peak of 79.
• Statewide ICU facilities are at 63% of capacity. Ventilators are at 22% capacity. Both are also below the peak rates seen in May.
The curve is flattened. The health care system was not overwhelmed. The predictions from March were mostly wrong. It is time to reject the new abnormal, and begin getting back to the old normal.
Robert M. Meador