Eric J. Zelinskas of Fort Walton Beach has had it with elitists, Democrats and so-called experts who have created an economic disaster by shutting down the country. He thinks we should open back up immediately.

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Folks, we’ve been duped. It’s time to take our country back from these so-called “experts” who haven’t a clue but have seen fit to shut the entire country down based on a flawed computer model. Now they want to continue the misery by extending the restrictions.

When will these individuals be held accountable for the absolute economic disaster they have created through their missteps and conflicting information? Constantly changing guidelines resulting in individuals seeing their civil liberties violated by over-zealous city mayors and state governors. Tickets and fines for simply wanting to be outside or go to worship service on Easter Sunday in their vehicle. State and local governments becoming surveillance states, asking people to report violators.

The economic lifeblood of America is circling the drain and know-it-all elitists show no empathy towards the average working American struggling to pay the mortgage and feed their families. Thousands of people losing their jobs and businesses closed by a blanket social distancing “mitigation” order based on bogus numbers. We constantly see the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the news like a baseball score. Tragic, but how about some context.

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The Oxford Center for evidence-based medicine points out that is important to distinguish between one’s dying from coronavirus and one’s dying while they happen to have coronavirus. Early estimates predict that the overall COVID-19 recovery rate is between 97% and 99.75% (WebMD). There are numerous parts of the country where the virus has had minimal impact. But if you listen to the mainstream media you would never know it. Demonizing any legitimate debate.

Never wanting to let a crisis go to waste, Nancy Pelosi and the Dems are pushing a universal, nationwide mail-in ballot initiative for the November presidential election.

At this point, re-opening the economy needs to be the overriding focus. Death confronts us every day. Underlying, chronic diseases playing a big part. We need more evidence-based science and less hysteria and flawed computer models. If we aren’t careful the nationwide shutdown will prove to be worse than the problem its intended to remedy.

Eric J. Zelinskas, Fort Walton Beach