Tomlinson: COVID-19 tested Texans and our leaders failed

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Thousands of Texans are falling ill, hundreds will suffer disabilities, and dozens will die because of a small group of people who were too selfish, vain or greedy to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The irony, of course, is these super-spreaders of disease and disinformation also set back the economic recovery they promised to kickstart.

Anti-government libertarians and anti-science conservatives made the most political noise in April and late May. They convinced our cowardly leaders in Austin to ignore the experts, overrule local authorities and reopen Texas businesses before the public health system was ready.

Sure, Gov. Greg Abbott initially promised to follow White House guidelines but threw them out. He didn’t wait until we had enough contract tracers or testing. When the infection rate doubled, he broke his promise and kept reopening more and more businesses.

TOMLINSON’S TAKE: COVID-19 is killing cheap airfare by emptying seats in vicious cycle

On May 29, I warned that June could be the most consequential month in our lifetimes, and sadly, I was right. The answer to whether Americans can be trusted to act responsibly in the face of a debilitating disease is, unfortunately, a bold case no.

Remember when Lt. Gov. Dan …

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