Supervisor Robert Lovingood
July 4th Message
Posted: July 3, 2020
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Blog by Ted Stimpfel
While many will agree with Supervisor Robert Lovingood's
July 4th message that he publicly released on July 2, 2020, I found it
disappointing and sadly out-of-touch.
The county First District supervisor stuck with his highly
pro-business dialogue in following the line of President Donald Trumps'
lofty dismissal of the global pandemic.
Republican Lovingood's message tugged at the heartstrings
and denounced Governor Gavin Newsom's interference at closing restaurants
and other businesses in Lovingood's High Desert district.
As an Independent conservative, I don't like Newsom
but his difficult action is a bold move that appears necessary.
The COVID-19 pandemic is out-of-control in California
and the state's leadership is having to step-in because too many
local politicians have proven to be too weak to adequately address
San Bernardino County has failed to meet the state's matrix
standards which has left the state with little other choice than to
include San Bernardino County as one of nineteen counties that the
state has placed closure requirements.
There is no question that California (and the World)
is at war. More lives have already been lost in this U.S. viral
war than some of our country's military wars.
As in any war, there is collateral damage. In
the COVID-19 war against the population, the collateral damage includes
businesses, especially high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants,
gyms, and churches.
President Donald Trump, and his admiring copycat President
Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, both have the highest runaway COVID-19
numbers in the Western Hemisphere. Newsom at least is recognizing
the seriousness of the virus.
Trump's mishandling of COVID-19, his addiction to
tweets, and his misreading of Black Lives Matter are giving good
wiggle-room for Joe Biden to become President. Biden might
have a female V.P. and as old man Biden might not live out his term,
we'll have our first female President.
California's Confirmed and Cumulated Cases.
Hours before the governor's close-down announcement,
the county Board of Supervisors met in Special Session to discuss the
county's response to the pandemic. Lovingood presented some
strong points to allow certain businesses to remain open.
One of his strongest points was that some restaurants
and bars had invested a great deal of money into meeting the state's
standards to be COVID-19 compliant with state guidelines. They had
opened after the first closure and have been following all of the costly
guidelines. Their forced closure would be a slap at voluntarily
following the state's requirements.
Unfortunately, there have been far too many violators
and now the good guys are being unfairly closed by the state due to the
Surprisingly, the county's Health Department has very
little enforcement power regarding COVID-19, while the state has several
hammers. The biggest whammo is the removal of liquor licenses.
There is no way that the economy can fully reopen safely
at this time. With the COVID-19 infections having increased 56-percent
in the last 2-weeks, drastic measures are necessary. We can quickly
run out of available hospital beds and medical personal.
Robert Lovingood would probably make a poor military
general. Generals must order operations that they know will have
terrible causalities, but they do so to overcome the enemy and save as
many lives as possible. Lovingood like Trump is playing politics
and appears to be willing to extend the final death toll.
COVID-19 is taking a terrible tally. People
do need to work. Many are going hungry and losing their homes and
Yet, in this wartime and growing death numbers, rather
than wear a mask and seclude themselves as much as possible to lessen the
term of COVID-19, some people still don't understand the situation.
They are publicly mingling and having fireworks and parade festivities.
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