The Journal Gazette
Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:00 am


Coronavirus questions to ponder for future

In 2019, there were more than 15 million diagnosed cases and more than 8,000 deaths from influenza. Schools, businesses and sports events continued to function, and the stock market seemed to weather the seasonal flu.

Even though some individuals refused to get the vaccine, life continued but again reminded us the seasonal flu would be a yearly occurrence.

The COVID-19 virus appeared in the United States in February and has completely disrupted our work and social routines. When a vaccine is available for the coronavirus, how many will again refuse to get the vaccine? If the seasonal flu is still present and also has caused many deaths this year, why is there not the reaction the coronavirus has caused?

Since there will be those who refuse to get the vaccine, will the coronavirus also be a yearly, seasonal occurrence?

Ray Doyle

Fort Wayne

Crisis offers opportunity to show American spirit

I got up favoring my knees, so it took until mid-morning to make a brief run to Walmart. 

As I passed the meat counter, I noticed the long, empty shelf where there used to be hamburger. That was unusual, but as I turned toward the pharmacy, I went between the shelves of canned goods and boxed meals. They were mostly empty, and it hit me -- it was the run on food because of the virus scare mentality.

I asked the pharmacist where they had the hand sanitizer. I was told there was none in the store, in the entire city or in surrounding areas. I smiled to myself, thinking, so that is what the president was warning us about — panicking. I guess we are not speaking the same language.

Other thoughts flashed in my head: “If we have such a shortage, where is our entrepreneurial spirit? Are all these things imported? How long does it take for someone to figure out how to make a sanitizer and fill the gap?” The more I was thinking about the solution, the less I was focusing on the cause. As I rolled my cart by one of the Walmart workers, I told him, “How wonderful it is that so many shelves are empty. It is a prime opportunity to do a thorough cleaning.” He agreed.

On the way home, I could not help but think of some of my liberal friends' reaction to my newly discovered line of thinking. Some probably are convinced that Bierbaum is off his rocker or blowing a fuse. They would never realize I was reacting to the American entrepreneurial spirit in me that made America great. The same spirit I learned when I entered through the gate of Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. That spirit taught me to recognize opportunities, think of the greater good, not to be afraid to take calculated chances, think positively and not to put my hand out first unless I can give with it.

So, my dear friends, I am OK. This, together we will overcome, with the help of God.

Tibor Bierbaum

Fort Wayne

Contrasting visions on our troubles

The March 15 Journal Gazette had two pieces on the Perspective cover. I was struck by the difference in tone.

One was written by Braeden Noll, a high school senior. This was an excellent, upbeat piece that was positive throughout, attacking no one or no organization for the virus situation. Braeden's parents must be very proud.

The other piece followed the old and tiresome attack that is so common today against the current political leaders, blaming anything and everything on them. I am so tired of it. One would think a college professor could come up with something more original.

William Cook



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