Today: Jun 05 , 2020

Toilet Paper – Really?

22 March 2020  

Wouldn’t we all be better off if we were simply guided by faith and not fear?

We are now officially a third world country – at least temporarily. Sporting events, conventions, schools, libraries, churches, large gatherings, bars and restaurants are closed or closing. What the far left, the globalists and our foreign enemies couldn't do, we've done to ourselves with the prodding of the sensationalist media. The proof is the run on toilet paper. In this country, it is understandable, although illogical, that panic sets in when ever there is a catastrophic event like a hurricane or a flood, and sheeple, (people acting like sheep), go out and strip the supermarket shelves of almost everything. 

It's understandable because many people fear the unknown and they don't know how long it will be before stocks can be resupplied to their area. It is illogical because, in today's America, we have the ways and means, the roads, trucks, rails and air transportation to resupply any area of our nation in a matter of days, if not sooner. 

Having said that, anyone can see that the fear of running out of food and potable water would be motivation enough to go to a store to buy up as much of these items as one would think is necessary to sustain a family for a long period of time. 

What seems incomprehensible is the run on toilet paper. When we're in the supermarket and we see the empty canned goods aisle, or the empty bins that had previously held fresh fruit and vegetables, we can comprehend why panicked people bought those things to store or preserve in some way. But when one turns the still empty shopping cart down the paper aisle and sees nothing but bare walls, the only conclusion that can be reached is that people have gone completely nuts. 

We are in the midst of a viral pandemic that attacks the repertory system. One can understand if the public scoops up nasal spray, cough and cold medicines, medicated chest rubs, aspirin or other fever medicines, facial masks and surgical gloves, but toilet paper? Really? Everything else on the above list makes sense even if the medical experts say some of them are ineffective. 

Everyone who puts toilet paper at the top of their list when they stock up to wait out this pandemic is putting their priority on the wrong end of the anatomy. The corona virus does not cause gastrointestinal problems. The symptoms do not include diarrhea. The whole family could get a moderate case of the virus and would not use anymore toilet paper. Toilet paper will not stop the virus in any way, even if you wrapped it around your head covering your nose and mouth. 

With this COVID-19 virus supposedly increasing exponentially, there are many worse things that could happen to a family than running out of toilet paper. In every home one could find alternatives to store bought toilet paper. Even though no one has the Sears Catalog like in the old days, there are alternatives. (The Daily Courier comes to mind.) The alternatives may not be as soft as Charmin, have as many plies as Angel Soft, or as durable as Scott toilet paper, but they can get the job done, at least until the toilet paper hoarders figure out that they won't have to buy any for the next half a decade. 

In the mean time, it may sound ridiculous to some, but during this crisis wouldn't we all be better off if we were all guided by faith and not fear?

Buz Williams

Richard F. "Buz" Williams was born into a police family.  His father, both grandfathers, a great uncle and a cousin were all on the Los Angeles Police Department and he also had an uncle on the Hawthorne, California Police Department.  Buz served for 29 years on the Long Beach, California Police Department were he worked Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Auto Theft and Gangs.  He retired in December of 2002.  Buz has been married to his wife Judi for 44 years.  They have two grown sons who live in Southern California with their families, which include two daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a granddaughter.  Buz and Judi have lived in Prescott since 2004.