| Opinion | March 19, 2020

Coronavirus and Community Leadership

Coronavirus is highly contagious and is new to the human immune system. Therefore, our bodies don’t yet have a defense against it.

No one is an expert, and the science and knowledge evolving around this virus continues to change, making it easy to disseminate false rumors and fear.

It will affect our daily lives, and we will have to make adjustments setting up barriers to quell the spread.

My sources of information are the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Federally, there is a Coronavirus Task Force providing trustworthy information on the website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. You can obtain up-to-date information from these groups to help guide you and your family through these challenging times.


In 1987, the City of Santa Clarita was created because citizens felt government in downtown Los Angeles was too far away to address issues of our community. During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, leadership through then Mayor George Pedersen and the City Council directed our community to survive this natural disaster.

We now work hand-in-hand with Los Angeles County, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., yet there are unique issues the Santa Clarita Valley face requiring leadership to step forward. Discussion must be made and data collected related to the hospital, medical clinics, our one nursing home, the homeless shelter, senior center, older adult housing (including assisted living and Board & Cares), schools, and many businesses that will be affected.

How do we assure dissemination of truthful information, and compliance with County, State, and Federal recommendations by residents, healthcare facilities, schools, and businesses?

Who will oversee that ill patients are appropriately triaged and isolated at our hospital and nursing home?

Will the senior center and homeless shelter screen participants?

How do we minimize exposure to our medical professionals, and not overwhelm healthcare facilities?

The list goes on.

Through leadership, rumors can be quelled, the public reassured, and candid conversations heard with the hope of answering questions from the concerned public. Clarity and transparency providing accurate information for all Santa Clarita residents to hear, read, and learn will sustain calm and vigilance.

We need to have a worthy plan to protect and inform Santa Clarita citizens and businesses.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

The dreaded Corona Virus is one of the worst things to happen in the United States in my lifetime.  Regrettably, I think we are only at the starting point of the misery curve.  Before it’s over, it will cost our country billions, many people endless hardship and some less fortunate, their lives!  How does one find anything positive to think about in a catastrophe like this?  Several good things do come to my mind.

One is this infectious virus will test the capabilities and forced improvements on our local and national health care systems and emergency response programs.  This will soon resemble a military response on a National Level!  It will be like fighting a war, except the enemy is invisible, silent and doesn’t fight like traditional enemies do. Our emergency health care and response systems will be the beneficiary, after being put to the test, like we never thought was possible!  This is a good thing! We will learn our weaknesses and short comings and emerge with a new and improved version for the future.

The second thing is, this is a wakeup call to all of us on how we have allowed China to be our master and keeper of our own health, security, and well being.  There is virtually nothing made in the good old USA anymore and this has to change immediately!  When roughly 90% of the ingredients used in antibiotics come from China, a communist country that has silently been waging war on us and other equally careless countries, we have a big problem!  When we export most of our manufacturing capabilities to countries like China, all we do is enrich them and make us a dependent.  Sure, we can get things made cheaper overseas; but what is the real hidden cost that only becomes apparent in a crisis like the one we are currently experiencing?  Imagine if China decided not to send us the much needed ingredients for the antibiotics we need to make life saving drugs!  What would we do?  Oh, I know, we could threaten to stop sending them our scrap metal.  That’ll make them think twice!

Things are definitely cheaper from China.  Cheaper to make and in most cases cheaper in quality!  So much inferior are Chinese made goods that I try to avoid buying them anytime I can!  I gave up on shoes from the nation’s largest retailer a few years ago because they regularly came apart in about one month.  Take them back and get another pair and the same scenario repeats itself.  It’s as if there was a time clock in them and at the interval of one month they just come apart!  I don’t care what the price is.  They’re no bargain!  Try going into any Home Improvement or Hardware Store and find anything that’s made in the U.S., especially in the plumbing department!  Don’t hold your breath!  Chinese brass water valves are absolute junk!  I won’t use them on anything!  We’ve done a great job at helping the late Chairman Mao achieve his dream of building China into an industrial powerhouse.  Now it’s time to wise up and make the United States the industrial powerhouse IT once was!  Remember, we saved the world from National Socialism, Communism, Facisim, Imperialism, and a few other isms I can’t think of at the moment.  We did it mainly with our industrial might!  We made more planes, ships, tanks, ammunition, and implements necessary to wage war faster than our adversaries could replace the ones we were destroying!  In the case of WWII, we pulled ourselves out of a depression and turned the United States into the Industrial Powerhouse that we became the envy of the rest of the world!  Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever!  It’s just too easy to become fat, happy, lazy and lose focus.

There is speculation that the Corona Virus is a manufactured biological virus of the Communist Chinese Government that somehow got loose and infected their own people.  What if the Corona Virus was secretly intended for the United States?  Why else would a government be making such a virus?  Of course we’ll never really know the truth.  Communist governments never fess up unless it benefits their own agenda!  But we do know that besides cheap and inferior products, we also get a lot of sickness from China.  Asian Flu 1956, Hong Kong Flu 1968, Avian Influenza (H7N9), Sars 2002, and now the Corona Virus!

It’s time to take back our Country!  This is not a political campaign, but an America First campaign that benefits all Americans!  I encourage everyone to immediately boycott all Chinese products and seek out American made goods!  Of course, this does not include Chinese Restaurants!  Store managers could post small American Flags or put flag stickers next to the item description so the U.S. made products (all ten of them) will stand out and be visible.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for that’s made here, put a small post it note on the Chinese products that say No China!  This is the equivalent of voting with your wallet!  Eventually, store owners will notice the Chinese products aren’t selling, just collecting post it notes!  They will get the message real fast!  We cured polio, small pox and other horrible diseases. We prevented Europe from becoming a German speaking continent and rebuilt it after WWII.  Let’s not forget who we are and what we are cable of doing!  Buy American and make the USA the manufacturing giant it once was! Say no to China!

Melvin J. Chikato

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