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Opinion: Cut out the Ebola panic and get informed

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

How quickly it all has come home. A few weeks ago we could forget about Ebola in our smug, self-satisfied, American way. After all, it was “over there,” in African countries we can never remember the names of, killing people whose lives we don’t value. But now this disease is right here in our own backyard, and it has our full attention.

So far, the reaction has not been pretty. The news has been breathless, people are getting jittery, and many of our political leaders have been busy trying to grandstand or place blame on the other party instead of appealing for calm and common sense. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for the agency’s clumsy handling of the first U.S.-based case of Ebola, and one Republican congressman said the CDC director was “the new commander of the Democrats’ war on woman nurses.” President Obama, under pressure from all sides, hastily and showily canceled a campaign appearance with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in Bridgeport Wednesday to meet with the cabinet over Ebola fears.

Here in Connecticut, state Republicans have been calling for hearings, while Mark Greenberg, Republican candidate for the 5th District congressional seat, has launched an attack against his opponent, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, saying that she should have done more to urge the president to protect the country from Ebola. Greenberg wants a travel ban, which seems rather like closing the barn door after the horses are long gone. Esty fired back that it was the “Tea Party Republicans” who were responsible for slashing research funding.

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2 responses to “Opinion: Cut out the Ebola panic and get informed”

  1. Casey Smith

    “A few weeks ago we could forget about Ebola in our smug, self-satisfied, American way. After all, it was “over there,” in African countries we can never remember the names of, killing people whose lives we don’t value. But now this disease is right here in our own backyard, and it has our full attention.”

    Sorry Ms. Bigelow, but you don’t speak for me. Friends of mine have been aware of Ebola and busy with supporting physicians in various parts of Africa for some time now.

    And regardless of whether or not you think there are those here in this country who ascribe to “people whose lives we don’t value.” philosophy, there is absolutely NO excuse for putting more lives at risk by the outright careless pandemic control policies that have been in place. This isn’t a NIMBY issue, it’s public health and safety.

  2. Maria

    It is all state sponsored fear mongering propaganda anyway. Do your research instead of believing everything the mainstream puppet media tell you. Grow up already and realize the government is running the show.

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