Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
If you lock yourself up in a cave and wrap bubble wrap around yourself, you might prevent being harmed by many things, but eventually old age will overcome you. Yeah, we can try to outlive life or attempt to by playing it safe, but exactly how much quality or enjoyment will we have doing so? We should use prudence and caution but not be paranoid. I probably have a better chance of being killed by some crazy speedster driver on I-10 than the coronavirus, but you don't see them closing down the interstates or banning automobile driving even though 38,800 people died in car accidents in the U.S. last year.
Stopping all public gatherings could cause more harm than good. My wife and I wanted to get away and take a couple hours to take our minds off all the problems around us. The fiddling contest gave us a break from stress. If the city and some selfless entertainers provided us and others a respite from the anxiety around us, then I think the event did a great service to its community. You can't live life in fear. Take a breath, relax: It'll all be OK.