Common sense response
Every day, as I read two “hometown” newspapers — the Taipei Times and the Tampa Bay Times — I am struck by the intelligent way in which Taiwan’s government, at all levels, is dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 challenge.
Not only do government representatives “walk the walk and talk the talk,” Taiwanese respond intelligently and wisely.
It is not the same here in the US, where such common-sense recommendations as “wear a mask” incite civil unrest and spur lawyers with questionable professional ethics to initiate court battles on behalf of “wronged clients” who resent being “told” to wear a protective face covering.
Thank goodness sanity still reigns in my favorite country. Looking forward to returning for a well-needed respite from insanity.
Adjunct professor, University of Tampa
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