Submitted by Don Hermann, Greenwich
Dr. Fauci is powerless. It’s spreading like wildfire as it raises its ugly head traveling around the country. The diagnosis is Trumpitis. The voters disregarded it. Bring it on.
It’s contagious and can take us all down. There’s no pill available or vaccine to prevent its spread. Obviously it has nothing to do with Covid or Delta. However, its tentacles are poisonous. As it goes from state to state, it’s designed
to weaken Democratic minorities and make them Second Class Citizens. Diminishing their ability to vote and taking away certain rights so the White Republican will control and manipulate all branches of our government.
You ask “What does this have to do with Greenwich?” You tell me. I attended a debate in Town Hall on August 3. A State Senator has resigned and three candidates, a Republican, a Democrat and an Independent are running for that position. Voting was August 17. The sponsor was My Voting Power (MVP), a nonpartisan organization.
The promotion material announcing the debate stated that attendees were required to wear masks. There is also a town policy requiring that all visitors to Town Hall wear masks. Plus there were signs displayed announcing the “Wear a Mask” policy.
I attended by myself. For the record, I’m a Democrat. I wore a mask. As the room filled up, my guess is that about half of the attendees were Republican and the other half Democrat and Independent. I observed that a number of people were not wearing masks. In fact, I saw one of the hosts approach a man who entered without a mask. The man was obviously upset with the message. However, he did put on a mask. For about five minutes.
There were three empty chairs next to where I was sitting. As the debate began, three young people took the seats. They were in the thirty-year range. No masks.
I approached them, politely. Explained the policy and requested that they wear masks. They scoffed, but put on masks. Shortly afterwards, they took them off. I approached them two or three more times. In fact there was one empty seat in the room, directly in front of me. One of the young women told me to move there. I refused. She finally did. Without a mask.
During the course of the debate, when Mr. Fazio, the Republican, said something that pleased his audience they applauded. Very enthusiastically. Naturally I turned to observe the reaction. Not one of his followers was wearing a mask. The room probably held sixty-seventy people. Half of that group was without a mask.
Alexis Gevanter, the Democrat, received her share of applause. All of her supporters that I observed wore masks.
Towards the end of the debate, Fred Camillo, the Republican First Selectman was acknowledged. He was standing at the back of the room. I can’t say whether or not he had on a mask. But I do believe he was involved in establishing the policy of wearing the mask.
Has Greenwich been bitten by Trumpitis? You decide. But I do know that someone not wearing a mask can spread the virus. Even to a Republican.