To the Editor:

On March 19, an article circulated around Oxford written by Martha Shanahan. She described a message broadcast by First Selectman George Temple via the town’s phone alert system concerning the Covid-19 virus. Most residents received this first notification with gratitude while a small vocal group wish to make an issue of Temple’s delivery.

Shanahan claimed “thousands” had already died. At the time, the real number was closer to about 140. This was a huge falsification.

I can appreciate a bit of humor even under even under dire circumstances. Humor can do more than just alleviate anxiety. It has a healing quality. We all need to calm down. There was absolutely no malice involved in Temple’s broadcast. It simply contained only his concern for the residents of our fine town.

In fact, at that time, I also was not terribly alarmed by the information I was hearing from the “experts.” We’ve all been through this before (Ebola, Swine Flu, AIDS, etc.) As long as we follow the proper precautions, we’ll get through this one, too.

Everybody must understand how fluid this situation is. What was just another virus about a month ago, has turned our lives upside down. What was changing weekly, then daily, is now changing hourly and we should all be aware of that.

I can appreciate the thoughts of those who are at special risk, the elderly and those with underlying heath problems. This comes easily to me because I fall into that same category myself.

But I refuse to let this keep me from living. I’ll certainly follow the recommended guidelines and continue to pray that it will be short lived with minimum suffering.

And I’ll keep my sense of humor. Stay safe.


Gordon Olson


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