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Civil liberties are getting stripped during pandemic; Setting a healthy example important during outbreak

Civil liberties are getting stripped during pandemic

This is in reference to Rick Steber's comments on April 21. He, in my opinion, is spot on in his views. I am responding with some thoughts that I have read in several publications that are frightening at least.

Is it a coincidence that just when the economy is booming, the stock market is way up, we are ahead in trade wars, school shootings have stopped and our nation is at peace and we have an election only five months down the road that this "control" has appeared.

I'm not saying that COVID-19 is not serious but this is too dangerous just to take it at it's face value ... the control that is. With politicians running out of talking points in light of no school shootings, no migrant caravans at the southern border, fighting in Syria winding down, North Korea not firing missles and impeachment hearings on the back burner, the coronavirus gives them one last Hail Mary to point fingers in all directions.

This is almost the perfect fascist playbook — control the population with fearmongering and panic, control the media, spread propaganda and the fan-favorite .... disarm the population.

Sorry, I don't think we are all going to die. Two doctors in California did some studies based on their 40 million population and concluded that you have a 0.03% chance of catching COVID-19 and dying. Their posting on YouTube hit over 5 million views before You Tube pulled it for being "misinformation."

They, the ones in power, don't want you to know the truth, so they just control what you see and read. Wake up! Your civil liberties are being stripped and we are beginning to look more like China everyday.

So when people like Rick Steber start to point things out, think about it . Once those in power see how well this is working, do you think they will relinquish that control?

Andy Niedzwiecke

Prineville

Setting a healthy example important during outbreak

The mission of Crook County Empowered (CCE) is to engage the community to empower youth to make safe, healthy, and drug-free decisions. CCE is a coalition made up of many sectors of the community, including parents, youth, law enforcement, educators, youth-serving organizations, substance abuse treatment professionals, business, faith-based representatives, media, and others.

Since May 2018, the coalition has been making an impact on the community by coordinating resources and promoting healthy decision-making. CCE's student workgroup, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), provides peer support and outreach at our local middle and high schools and our e-cigarette taskforce works to address the rise of youth consumption of nicotine through electronic cigarettes.

During these difficult times, CCE would like to remind everyone that fear and anxiety are normal reactions. To help keep yourself and your children mentally healthy: stay connected with family or friends, take breaks from reading or watching the news, and talk about your feelings or write in a journal. We can also support our youth by keeping to a regular routine with a schedule for schoolwork, fun activities, and family time.

It is important that we set a healthy example for the youth in our community and that we take time to talk with our kids by answering questions, offering them reassurance, and sharing appropriate information with them. In addition, limiting the consumption of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs during this time is important because these substances can negatively impact your immune system and may make you more susceptible to COVID-19.

If you or anyone in your family is struggling, there are resources in our community to help:

•BestCare is providing mental health telephone counseling services. Contact them at 541-323-5330

• Rimrock Trails Treatment Center is offering telehealth services. Contact them at 888-532-6247

•Lines for Life has a YouthLine called Let's Talk for struggling teens to talk to their peers. They can be reached at 877-968-8497 or by texting teen2teen to 839863.

•And finally, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

We are all in this together #CrookCountyTogether.

Crook County Empowered

Executive Committee

Prineville


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