We are not a country of cowards

Today there are large numbers of people frozen in fear as their lives crumble around them. They justify their anxiety by saying, “The government said to be safe, I should stay home.”

Well, there is a problem with that advice. You will not have a home to stay in if you continue to listen to them.

Yes, there are dangers out there, but there is a larger danger waiting for you if you don’t regain control over your life. You have to accept certain levels of risk, or you will die. Think about it, if people were not out there taking risk, those hiding in fear would not be able to stay home in the first place.

Can you imagine where we would be today if our ancestors hid from every fear they faced? It was their bravery that made this country great. It is ours that will keep it great, and our kids who will continue to move on in the face of fear. We are not a country of cowards. At least I hope not, but I will admit, sometimes it looks that way.

Why isn't the government taking care of me

Why this, why that? Why, why, why? These are the firsts words that come out of the mouths of people wanting to blame someone else for their own preparedness shortcomings.

My answer to them is this:

Why did you not prepare your home with the items you claim the government should have? All of these items were available before the pandemic.

Why have you not prepared yourself financially for these types of events?

Why don’t you stay home if you feel you are in danger? You will be safe there, and everybody else can make their own risk assessment without harming you.

During any emergency, you are the first line of defense for your household. If you are unable to stabilize your situation, you can call on your local emergency services. If they are unable to help your county will step in. If that fails, the county can call on your state government. And finally, if all else fails, your state can call in the federal government, which is essentially asking for help from Americans, like yourself, living in other states.

We are a country of individuals who are united through our states. Each of us sits at the highest level of government, and everyone in government works for us. How can we criticize them if we haven’t even taken the time to prepare ourselves?

Two more cases of coronavirus in U.S.

Two more cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in the U.S., bringing the national total to four. The new cases are both in California — one each in Los Angeles County and Orange County — in addition to one case in Washington state and another in Chicago.

More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. Given what has occurred previously with MERS and SARS, it’s likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur.