I drove Sunset Blvd from Muskingum to Brentwood today, wearing my mask and gloves to drop groceries in front of my daughter’s house. Many people were out walking or jogging, but not a single one was wearing a mask. Of course they were passing face to face directly next to people they encountered who were walking in the other direction, and we are all endangered whenever any of these people go to the grocery store, post office, pharmacy or gas station.
LA County Beaches and Harbors has stepped up its effort to keep Will Rogers State Beach closed. It has now erected a series of banners advising of the closure and stretched them across the asphalt bike-walk-run-skate path that lies between the parking lot and the banks just above the sand. Despite their presence, people were observed defying the closure order – probably about a dozen or so – at about 4:30pm on Saturday.
I was in Taiwan during Chinese New Year this year. The Taiwanese government started to ban travel from China when the city of Wuhan was locked down by the Chinese government on January 23. About 1 million Taiwanese people reside or work in China and many of them went back to Taiwan to celebrate Chinese New Year with family. Since the travel ban, Taiwanese people started to wear face masks in public due to the terrible experience they endured during the 2003 SARS epidemic. The government has not locked down the country yet. Schools are open currently. The government is very good at monitoring people in mandatory home quarantine (with the help from the police department). Normally they only test people with symptoms and their spouse/partner. The culture and population in Taiwan is very homogeneous. The size of Taiwan is about three times that of Los Angeles County with about double the population. The current Taiwanese government is not friendly with the Chinese communist government. Most people in Taiwan don’t trust the COVID-19 numbers released by the Chinese government. What is happening in Taiwan cannot be completely applied to the US.
I have it on good authority that the fascist who keeps writing into 2 cents to complain about Muskingum Place actually used to live on Muskingum Place before a recent change of address. This is hypocrisy of the highest order. I call for the good residents of Muskingum Ave. and Muskingum Place to join together in the name of unity, and run this rabble-rouser out of town on a rail.
Since the pandemic began, the conversations on Nextdoor seem more vicious than ever. I wish we could take a moment to be kinder to each other, instead of verbally attacking neighbors when they are asking questions for clarification. These are confusing times and we need to be able to rely on each other.
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