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Editor’s Notebook: Why not accentuate the positive?

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The COVID-hysteria drumbeat in the press, the government (at all levels) and half the country continues unabated, even though, as one medical professional on a left-leaning media outet (NBC-LX, for those playing along) blurted out the truth recently, Omicron is a blessing in disguise, variant-wise.

And at the monthly Arlington County Board meeting Tuesday afternoon, County Manager Mark Schwartz noted that after peaking on Jan. 8, daily case counts were coming way down in the People’s Republic, even as the gub’mint keeps up the drumbeat of test-test-test that some in the region seem to be adopting with a messianic fervor. (Well, at least they believe in something …)

Also interesting from his report: People are not rushing out to get their “booster” shots (something I can attest to from interaction with many who were zealous about getting their first shots but are now “meh” about following what they suspect will be a never-ending stream of additional jabs that Fauci & Co. expect us to undergo). Only one in three Arlington adults has gotten the booster, Schwartz said.

“We need to do better,” he said. (Always a little scary when a public official uses the word “we” in such a nebulous fashion, ain’t it?)


Alas, the good news (case counts cratering) was buried amid all the other statistics that were tossed out in the report. Would be nice to every once in a while stop and look to the glass-cup-full side of the ledger.

Of course, half the country continues to have the sneaking suspicion that no governmental bodies want this to be over. Ever.

EARNING THEIR MONEY: I gotta say, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Virginia Supreme Court rules on the governor’s edict easing rules on masks in schools.

Nobody’s ever accused me of being a lawyer (although I can argue every side of every issue), but it seems like there are a lot of conflicting things the justices will have to unpack before deciding who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong on this.

But as another brilliant Sun Gazette editorial points out this week, the pusbhack from the local school districts has almost nothing whatsoever to do with public health. It’s all politics, all the way. (Not that Youngkin isn’t engaging in same.)

So stop the sanctimonious bleating coupled with the authoritarian approach to anyone who questions your wisdom, local school boards, and let’s wait and see how this plays out. Because it’s a 50/50 proposition you will be coming out on the losing end.

-Scott McCaffrey

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