Have you ever experienced the misfortune of a sudden sneeze? This happened to me this week as I sat scrolling through social media and enjoying my morning coffee. Out of nowhere, I sneezed and I was sort of grossed out to see all of the little droplets on the glass screen of my phone (don’t worry, a little Lysol on a paper towel and I was right as rain).

I give this gross little anecdote to talk about the basics of what happens when we sneeze or cough, or sing or speak. These tiny little droplets, sometimes so small that we can’t even see them, spray everywhere and hang in the air.

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Vladtheimp

Lanivan

Clearly you declined to review your prior droppings on the President and piled on with more stream of consciousness B.S. – no less than expected.

Since you felt compelled to continue, I note that the Victim Card was played by …. YOU! Alicia Hager is not a young woman being bullied by a mature man. Far from being a little lady, she is a mature mother of 2 who manages to hector us regularly as a ‘Community Columnist’ about our shortcomings in comparison to Alicia Hager. She may be regurgitating the left-wing views of her Pastor but it’s her column. If you and she are offended by criticism there’s a simple way to avoid it.

Hospitalizations from the Chinese Virus are indeed rising in many states over the past month. The states with the highest increases are led by Texas, followed by Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Maybe someone can explain why masks, social distancing and business destruction don’t work in States that have some of the most draconian Executive Actions against COVID.

Coming from Cruella, your quote is particularly appropriate.

Lanivan

Beautifully expressed, Alicia, but if anyone has followed me on this forum for any length of time, they will see a pattern of consistent misogynistic venom and mean-spirited needling/trolling that is and has been directed at me for years. It doesn't help that most comments directed at me are deeply fact-challenged! I hope for a return to civility, respect, and some semblance of courtesy in our discourse on this forum and other social media, but I don't really expect it any time soon. I believe what I have experienced here is pretty much the norm, and it will take a long time for it to change.....it runs much deeper than political differences. Meanwhile, those of us who care about others will take your sentiments to heart, and move forward accordingly.

T-Bird

Self awareness level = ZERO!

Playing the victim here. Accusing Vlad of playing the victim there. Everyone else is "fact challenged". Projection at its finest. You don't have a clue you are even doing it, do you? You're probably not worth replying to. You won't get it anyway. Absolutely a clueless dupe!

Rottweiler

Really funny the first time I posted you attacked my screen name feeling bad for the breed. Do you really think the thousands of people who have read your opinion based attacks think you are the victim. You are the definition of insanity.

Lanivan

Just a quick question.....do you lay down to tuck your shirt in?

Rottweiler

And did you marry your cousin?

Vladtheimp

Dear Entitled and Privileged Columnist

I am so grateful that you are working really hard to do is not lose my humanity; that you are really trying to see me as a person who deserves dignity and respect; that you are really hoping that I will 'regain' the human qualities of compassion and love of neighbor that have sustained the human race since the dawn of time.

I work every day to try to achieve your respect, but hard as I try, I just can't achieve your smug self-assuredness, self-awareness, and virtue signalling. Nevertheless, I will be forever grateful to you for working so hard to re-make me in your shining image.

Sincerely,

Vlad

Lanivan

Your comment smacks of self-pitying victimhood along with a mocking, snarky undercurrent of arrogance. Odd for a white male who excelled in sports, who was smart enough to attain degrees in some of the best schools in the country, who had the personality traits and gender to get pretty much whatever he wanted in terms of jobs, wages, perks, benefits, and authority, (and probably with romantic interests alike!), and who is now in his Golden Years, retired and secure after leading a full, "entitled and privileged" adult life. Too bad you felt compelled to show up and put into place a young woman whose expressed wish is a return to civil discourse.

Vladtheimp

Snort! If implying that people who disagree with her are not deserving of dignity and respect, and have lost the human qualities of compassion and love of neighbor qualifies as civil discourse, it is clear you don't know what civil discourse means.

Before you respond, review some of nasty, vicious, hateful and false things you have written about President Trump and his wife and remind me how highly you cherish 'civil discourse.'

As you are well aware, I'm nobody's victim although my family didn't come over on the Mayflower, found Hartford, Connecticut, or leave behind a castle in Wales. My reply wasn't arrogant - the portion of the columnist was. Mocking and snarky? You betcha!

Lanivan

I think you're overthinking this opinion piece. All you have to do is take a quick glance at the most recent comments to understand where Alicia might be going. Moving on, I always get a kick when you accuse me of saying "nasty, vicious, hateful, and false things" about Trump ......and "his wife"? Nearly all I write about Trump is based on his actual tweets (many times over 90 in an 18 hour period), his 25,000 lies, his actions (for example, kicking out how many people in his administration?), the number of aides and advisors who have been indicted, charged, convicted, sued, and banished to the dustbins, and his remarkably horrible incompetence in dealing with Covid......he says it's almost gone, but the most cases ever confirmed in the US happened just today - 80,000 [Friday’s tally — the first above 80,000 — comes as many states break their records for new infections. The average number of covid-19 hospitalizations has jumped in at least 38 states over the past week, a trend that cannot be explained by more widespread testing, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.] Then there is Trump's constant insulting/humiliating/belittling of everyone who comes in contact with him. As for the "false" claim - I note you have never actually brought forth evidence of this re: Trump. And the only thing I've ever said about our First Lady - ever - was who knew the "Family Values" party would bring a nude bisexual model into the fold? As to your final hurrah, you left out founding of Newport, RI......The first tavern built, (by my ancestor) is still open for business. “It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." Anatole France.

Rottweiler

Lanivan the failed business owner on the attack as usual.

Lanivan

"Failed business owner"?? Don't say that to our employees who all agreed to work the weekend to try to catch up. Please - quit embarrassing yourself. Get a hobby!

Rottweiler

You have got the market cornered on embarrassment

Rottweiler

Maybe you wouldn’t be behind if you didn’t spend all your time here spreading lies.

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