Monday, August 22, 2022

Administrative and Public Health Policy Failures with the COVID-19 Response

Administrative and Public Health Policy Failures with the COVID-19 Response 

If we can, shouldn’t we do better?

Morals and values matter. Candidates and representatives should publicly respond with their opinions on lockdowns, mandates, and restriction failures.

Political Transparency & Accountability 

By their own admission and independent reports, the CDC has not done a good job* — CDC’s Ludicrous Makeover.

In lockstep with the leading public health agency, our state and county have not done a good job. Trinidad has done even worse. 

Time and experience have provided self-evident answers. These answers, acknowledged with transparency and accountability, will transform failures. 

Many believe our responses should have been non-political. Turns out, the better outcomes of politically opposite states can help us avoid repeating our own administrative and public health policy failures.

We can, and should, do better. 

Other states did better. They kept churches and schools and businesses open. When peer reviewed studies showed masking doesn’t stop or even slow virus transmission, they stopped masking their kids. They rejected mandates, political propaganda, and censorship that vilifies free speech. They trusted individuals and families with their healthcare decisions — to take experimental drugs or not; to use flawed and controversial testing, or not; to “Stay Healthy,” not just “Stay Home.” Those state’s public health, quality of life, and economic results have became self-evident — they did better.

The CDC and NIH still resist disclosure of the scientific basis for their mask mandates — likely because there isn’t any? Remember asymptomatic spread, the virus surviving outside and for absurd amounts of time on surfaces? Healthful activity, natural immunity, inexpensive supplements and well-know treatments were dismissed, doctors vilified, and we watched flu numbers go down, as COVID-19 numbers went up. Where there is risk, there must be choice and accountability.

Looking the other way and going along to get along won’t help. Trinidad’s response wasn’t just a “wobble” — not just an “Ooops, my bad” or “Sorry for any inconvenience” mistake. The City of Trinidad imposed restrictions which exceeded CDC guidance, and exceeded state and county public health orders — from ineffective masking and distancing policies, to legislating business closures and starting lawsuits against it’s opposition.

We are finally getting through years of COVID-19 City mistakes. 

We’ve caught up with other states by removing restrictions, removing mask & vaxx mandates, and rejecting “vaccine” passports. Trinidad’s City Council is finally holding public meetings in Town Hall again, and it dismissed it’s abusive and wasteful City lawsuits. Still, one councilman contemptuously voted against dismissal. We should be lifting up our struggling businesses, not locking them down, and raising taxes on their guests. 

Voting to continue to trial, wasting tens of thousands more on attorneys, is fiscally irresponsible. Why? He won’t say. I encourage individual thought and reasoning, but I don’t condone this pettiness or the cowardice of hiding behind Closed Session City Council Meetings and their lawyers. Truth will right this wrong. 

Truth and exposure has already corrected the council’s passage of unconstitutional guest tax increases — Tax has been rescinded and a process to refund a few of the years of overcharged taxes is in now in place. Same people going after our Short Term Rentals and my business during COVID and before, are pushing for a 4% increase now — even with decades high inflation and a recession, they offer no plan to combat either. Like all of us, the City should be tightening it’s spending belt, not taxing, expanding and spending more.

Lots of water under the bridge. 

Lots of lessons learned. Slate may not be wiped clear, but we don’t have to start over either. With our new individual and collective experiences, hopefully, we would all have made better choices. We can certainly do better going forward — here in tiny Trinidad, California, in our nation, and around the world. 

By now, most have heard something about globalist “Great Reset” agendas. Hopefully, everyone’s also heard about the “Great Awakening.” If you haven’t, read up. There’s an important, timely saying you may not have heard, “Where we go one, we go all.” Seems we all go better when individualism is treated with dignity and integrity — especially when individuals are opposing a group-thinking majority in administrative power. Individual exceptionalism is foundational to our Republic. It’s how we keep our communities and all of America great!


  1. CDC’s Ludicrous Makeover

CDC announced that the institutes have done an external/self-study and proposed a makeover “to restore public trust.”  Dr. Walensky said that she “plans to remake the culture to help the agency move faster when it responds to a public health crisis. She also wants to make it easier for other parts of the government to work with the CDC, and wants to simplify and streamline the website to get rid of overlapping and contradictory public health guidance.” 

The CDC’s announcement covers everything except the fundamental problem to which the director and the external reviewer are blind: industry subservience and epidemiologic incompetence.

  1. The C.D.C. Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects: NY Times, February 26, 2022:

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said.

The C.D.C. is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization,” said Samuel Scarpino, managing director of pathogen surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute. “The steps that it takes to get something like this released are often well outside of the control of many of the scientists that work at the C.D.C.”

  1. More on Mandates — It ain't over till it's over. 

California culture has gone barking mad. Robert W. Malone MD, MS Aug 18, 2022 

“…parents versus non-parents felt differently about vaccines and political party affiliation was the most significant indicator for support of vaccine mandates.”

“Many of the very best schools in the nation are still requiring vaccines and boosters. However, some of the very best schools in the nation are not. Luckily a group has taken it upon themselves to sort this issue out for parents and students.”

No Collage Mandates

It is the fundamental right of each individual to freely choose which medical interventions to receive based on informed consent. Neither sufficient clinical trail data for young adults nor long-term safety data exist for these recently developed and novel vaccines. Because the coercive nature of college vaccine mandates completely disregards students’ individual freedom and right to bodily autonomy, we strongly believe that these mandates are contributing to the psychological distress and the staggering rise in mental health issues among young adults. 

California church that was fined over $200K for defying COVID-19 restrictions gets fines dropped

The church continued to defy pandemic restrictions for nearly two years on First Amendment grounds

“The California Court of Appeals reversed the injunction, contempt orders, and (the first set of) fines last Monday (15 August 2022).”

  1. Administrative State: bad training -> bad decisions

“Forming, storming, norming and performing” consensus drives towards Groupthink. Robert W. Malone MD, MS —Aug 16, 2022

Regarding the genetic COVID vaccines, the science is settled.

They are not working to prevent infection, replication, and spread of Omicron, and they are not completely safe. 

These vaccines were designed for a different virus, the Wuhan strain. Whether they made sense for protecting our elderly and frail from the original virus is irrelevant.  So let’s stop arguing about that. We must look forward. 

Integrity.  Dignity.  Community. 

Integrity is a commitment to truth, in what you say, how you live, and how you treat others.

Dignity flows from respect, for ourselves, for each other, and for the world we live in.

Community is what binds us together, to each other, and gives our lives purpose and meaning.

Saint Augustine, the doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, famously said “The truth is like a Lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” 

Robert W. Malone MD, MS

Dishonorable Council Policy

While the City should concede to willfully engaging in political fraud, lying and  conspiracy, I won’t further contest their court actions. 

Solely for the purpose of settling this matter expeditiously and to avoid further legal costs, respondent[s] does not concede, but will not further contest the City’s actions in court. 

The CDC needs new leadership, not reorganization (by the editorial board)

Washington Examiner

August 22, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky admitted this week that her agency made “some pretty dramatic public mistakes” handling the coronavirus, promising to “pivot” the organization so that it can better provide information to ordinary people.

But communication was never the CDC’s real problem. That was its arrogant and politicized leadership, which was unable to tell the truth. That is why no one trusts the CDC anymore or cares much for its guidance, whatever it happens to be. The cure begins with Walensky’s resignation.

Friday, August 12, 2022

4 Percent Tax Increase How ‘Bout No!

Argument Against Tax Increase, Measure P

4% Tax Increase?!!

 City of Trinidad, California — Guest occupancy tax is already at 8%

Argument Against Measure P  

2022 General Election

4% Tax Increase? 

How ‘bout, “No.”

With the highest inflation in decades, and a recession that may lead to a depression, raising taxes and spending is exactly the opposite of what would help our economic crisis.

As reported in our recent budget sessions, the City is sitting on a comfortable reserve, and our City Sales Tax is making up for occupancy taxes and lodging businesses we lost due to the pandemic and restrictions.

Our sales tax was passed with a sunset clause and should have expired a decade ago. It was meant for fire and police. As occupancy taxes were first assessed for supporting tourism-lodging and promotion, these taxes have all been absorbed into the City general fund and spent disproportionately on City expenses and job positions.

It is not a fair increase or a reasonable time to tax our Trinidad guests and visitors more. 

How ‘bout come back to the voters with a 2% increase after we get back to a more stable and sound economy. So maybe it’s not a “No,” but it is a “Not right now.” 

Please support our Trinidad small lodging businesses, their employees and guests, and our community which benefits from our visitors and their stays. 

Michael J. Morgan

Retired Councilmember 2008-12 

Owner, Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast Hotel

Thursday, August 11, 2022