While Bushfield Cemetery is in Covington County, it lies hard against the Butler County line about three miles southeast of McKenzie. It’s been the final resting place for settlers for more than 150 years,. All four of my grandparents are there. Grandpa Lee’s daddy, Janes Kenyard Lee is there. His daddy, James Madison Lee is not there because he marched off to Vicksburg in the Civil War and never made it home.
I’ve been there many times, some times to attend a grave side service, often just to wander and look. As long as I can remember, I have always marveled at the scores of infant graves I see. One being daddy’s only sister.
They are a sober reminder that childhood was once a treacherous time for children, especially during the Great Depression when poverty, lack of sanitation and lack of medical care was a fertile ground for yellow fever, malaria, hookworm and pellagra Then thanks in large measure to programs begun by the federal government during the New Deal, childhood became safer. In fact, the four diseases just mentioned were largely under control by 1950.
With this point of reference, it is STUNNING to me that there are now people working tirelessly to belittle efforts in this country of public health workers to encourage citizens to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
I place Fox News media darling Tucker Carson at the top of this list.
Who tries to make a name for themselves by casting stones at scientists and touting misinformation that could have life or death implications for our citizens?
Of course there have been mistakes made by scientists in their work to slow the pandemic. That is simply the nature of dealing frantically with unknowns. But that in no way can be construed with being inept, or purposefully giving out erroneous information on purpose.
But to hear Tucker Carlson spew and spray his nightly attacks on the value of a covid vaccine is sickening.
No, he has never been to Bushfield cemetery–not does he have empathy for families whose circumstances once put them in this neighborhood..
We know that vaccines work. Of all the new cases of covid being found today, 99 percent of them are in patients who were never vaccinated. And where are the largest percent of such people? Alabama, unfortunately, leads the entire nation. Only 22 percent of our 67 counties have reached the 30 percent vaccination threshold.
Which clearly says that Carlson could care less about the good folks of Alabama. We need vaccinations more than any other state. But Carlson and his fellow travelers at Fox News have concluded that we are not worthy of getting help. What a despicable human being.
Editor’s note: Several years ago Carlson made an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. He was horrible and was soon sent packing. He could not walk and chew gum at the same time. Now we know that he knows as much about epidemiology as he does about dancing.