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Just When You Think New York Can’t Do Anything Dumber.

On March 20, New York Governor Cuomo made a plea for more masks for front line workers. There is no doubt that New York has been hit hard by COVID-19 (due in part to New York City’s own policies) but still, a need is a need.

🚨NY has a critical need for PPE including gloves, gowns & masks🚨

We need companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer funding.

Need Funding? 📞212-803-3100
Have Unused Supplies? 📞646-522-8477

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— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 20, 2020

While we seldom have great faith in governments, we do have great faith in the American people who decided they could help.

In northeast Kansas, a farmer by the name of Dennis heard the cries from the state of New York and the need for masks. What Dennis did was extraordinary:

Nexstar Media Wire — A northeast Kansas farmer gave one of his only N95 masks for a healthcare worker on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a Friday press conference the New York governor told the story of the farmer, Dennis, who wrote to Cuomo and offered up one of his five N95 masks. He wanted the governor to pass it to a front-line healthcare worker in New York. The farmer’s wife has one lung and diabetes according to Cuomo, but Dennis still chose to offer up the mask to help protect nurses and doctors.

“We are in our 70’s now and frankly, I am afraid for her,” Dennis said. “Enclosed find a solitary N95 mask left over from my farming days. It has never been used. If you could, would you please give this mask to a nurse or doctor in your city? I have kept four masks for my immediate family. Please keep on doing what you do so well, which is to lead.”

Dennis was not the only one who tried to help. Thousands upon thousands of people found or made masks and sent them to New York. As we said, it was Americans being Americans at their finest.

Two days ago, Governor Cuomo took the time out of his busy schedule to hold a press conference and unveil the “wall of masks.” (seen above.)

.@NYGovCuomo unveils hundreds of masks sent to NY from concerned Americans. pic.twitter.com/QJ2EqHGNGk

— Jesse McKinley (@jessemckinley) April 29, 2020

Hooray!

Look at all the masks – hundreds of them – that are now on a wall instead of on the faces of the people for whom they were intended.

Who in the heck thought that this was a good idea?

It is one thing to say “thank you” to all of the people who sent masks in response to New York’s pleas. It is another thing to take those same masks and to be part of some political theater.

Furthermore, someone had to spend hours making that display. Workers would have been required to mount it where it could be seen.

How is that not a “non-essential” activity? How is the taking of the masks, securing them to a backing, and mounting the backing vertically “essential?”

While many everyday people are struggling to pay bills and are staying at home, the people of New York are paying the salaries of people who think of gimmicks like this.

We couldn’t make up stories like this if we tried.

No one would ever believe us.




3 Responses to “Just When You Think New York Can’t Do Anything Dumber.”

  1. Percy says:

    Very poor optics indeed for a state claiming to need federal funding for these very supplies. But we shouldn’t be surprised as very few (if any) government organizations are run in a fiscally responsible manner.

  2. Jewlery says:

    A few logical points to consider:

    People mean well.
    Would you slap one of those masks on your face without knowing it was clean?

    Who made it and out of what? Material that was sitting in a garage among cockroaches and fleas? By someone that had the rona virus?

    Sure let’s just introduce these into the sterile hospital environs.

    This is like the food stores tossing food rather than giving it away. It is called ‘liability’ smart guys.

    Very important issue to waste bandwidth on (always a Dem, those damn Dems…) while your “messiah” is in total mental melt-down and the country suffers his idiocy.

    I do thank you ROHC (our local version of Hannity) for the entertainment.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Jewlery,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Would you slap one of those masks on your face without knowing it was clean?

      Who made it and out of what? Material that was sitting in a garage among cockroaches and fleas? By someone that had the rona virus?

      The masks can be washed. Remember that the masks are to stop the spread of the disease from the wearer and not to the wearer.

      Sure let’s just introduce these into the sterile hospital environs.

      Hospitals are not “sterile environs.” In case you missed it, people that are sick and sick with COVID-19 are in hospitals. (Unless of course, you are an elderly person and Mayor deBlasio has decreed that you go back to nursing home.)

      Even accepting your point, couldn’t the masks be distributed to the needy? The homeless? Instead of using them on some sort of mural or modern art?

      Doesn’t it bother you in the least that the taxpayers paid for that under the idea that the state workers are “essential” (and therefore that monstrosity was “essential,” while people who can’t pay their bills are stuck at home because their jobs were randomly assigned the label “non-essential?” If you think that display was part of an “essential” job, there is very little to discuss or talk about.

      This is like the food stores tossing food rather than giving it away. It is called ‘liability’ smart guys.

      The state would be protected by sovereign immunity for their actions. But you do bring up a good point and one that we had mentioned before – in the COVID-19 pandemic legislation should have been passed by all states (some did) that relieved people that were helping or trying to help from liability. Companies that could have produced PPE and ventilators walked away without the liability protection.

      Very important issue to waste bandwidth on (always a Dem, those damn Dems…)

      We would agree that your response is a waste of bandwidth, but it is your bandwidth so you can do what you want with it.

      while your “messiah” is in total mental melt-down and the country suffers his idiocy.

      Go ahead and find a single post where we have characterized current political figure as a “messiah.” If there is a mental melt-down, it seems to be coming from the left who feels compelled to lie about what is going on.

      A. Afterwit.

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