This is a reply to the negative online commenters on the editorial, “Health-Care Workers and Mental Health” (Press & Dakotan, Sept. 1).

I see a lot of complaining from the above commenters but no suggestion of a strategy. We have gotten pretty good at placing our health-care works into a category of a candle burning from both ends. It won’t be long and those two burning ends will meet and leave us with healthcare workers who have burned out. If we let that happen ... we all lose.

This pandemic has produced some medical personnel who can no longer handle the demands and the stress and walk away from their careers just to survive. God love those who stay because they are sacrificing more for us than we will ever know. Many young people shy away from a career in healthcare because this pandemic has developed doubts in them that they will have the energy, strength or endurance to handle the demands and the stress. God love those who step forward and take on the challenge.

What can we do? We can stop complaining and start being smart. Get vaccinated and wear a mask when out and about to slow down the spread. But, because we know not everyone will choose to be smart by masking up and get vaccinated, there is one more huge step we must take.

We need to take care of our healthcare workers and do everything we can to reduce burning the candle at both ends. We have to assist in finding ways to ensure “down time” for these great people to help them to get rest, have time for themselves and to rejuvenate to continue to fight this pandemic. (It’s not about money it’s about well-being).

I’m just an old guy saying “spend less time and energy on whining and complaining and spend more time and energy on solving the problem.”

In a hundred years people won’t care what your opinion was on wearing a mask or getting vaccinated. They will care about what you did to solve the problem. Make that your claim to greatness.

(25) comments



Larry Skow

Mr. Johnson. You are spot on with your letter. We have turned to nation of whiners not problem solvers. It all starts at the weak spot in D.C. The entire bunch in D.C can't solve a problem. Just throw money at it an fight. the Governors of the states only bow down to the money thrown their way so they can divvy it out an puff up an say see what a job i have done for my munchkins. Mr. Wilson whines about the governor of South Dakota but says nothing about clown leading in California or KILLER CUOMO that just resigned from high office of New York. Or Witch lady running Chicago. I am sure my response here will bring the usual whiners to forefront Yankton resident/clown rus/gimme a break/an other cast of complainers. The solution to all this is in our hands an we can turn it around. This is what you get out of Democracy that democrats whine about. democracy is simply mob rule an that is what we have become. USA is not/never has been a Democracy. Democracy's fail. An so shall we on this course. We elect leaders to govern to our wishes. But they govern to their wishes an to the mob's demands. Take a look we are not solving any of these simple problems. They are all solvable an not difficult.

E pluribus

DLJohnson, we’ve often disagreed on many topics, but today we are in complete agreement. This is the most pressing issue of our time.

What can be more important than confronting this plague which continues to ravage our country, killing more of our fellow Americans than any threat we’ve faced in living memory?

I salute you and stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this struggle to get our fellow Americans to “Get vaccinated and wear a mask.”


Mr. Scow, after all these words, supposedly agreeing with Mr. Johnson, can you bring yourself to say - along with him - ”Get vaccinated and wear a mask”?

Somehow I doubt it.

Please prove me wrong!

Jolly Roger

DLJohnson, I’m in complete agreement with E pluribus.

I, too, salute you and stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this struggle to get our fellow Americans to “Get vaccinated and wear a mask.”


Mr. Johnson, count me in with E pluribus and JollyR.

Prepare for the onslaught from VoiceforAll and Abe and all the other anti-vaxxer crazies.

Yankton resident

DLJ don't let the naysayers get to you, if they come at you. I doubt that rational and intelligent individuals will find fault with what you have stated. Only QAnon, conspiracy theorists, and uninformed could possibly find fault, such as Mr. Scow and the few that follow him, Some of those guys, cannot for the life of themselves, figure out whether they are the sheep, the sheepherder or possibly the manure spreader.


I am confident that I can handle whatever the naysayers may bring. I am concerned that their negativity may be detrimental to some of our health care workers who struggling with the stress of this pandemic.


What is smart about masking up?

What is smart about getting a fake vaccine?

None of you are smart for believing Fauci, the CDC, the NIH, etc. It shocks me that you are all caught up so deeply by this covid hoax that you'll continually deny the facts. I'm beginning to think that theres some real witches brew in those injections, because many of you are brainwashed zombies.


Maybe this would just disappear if physicians had better memory capabilities. The fact remains the simple horse dewormer, Ivermectin won the Nobel Prize for its remarkable curing of Sars and other maladies in the covid family.

Want some rest? Burn your filthy double shift face rags and get up to speed with truth. Dont you find it ridiculous that Ivermectin - even the human prescription form - is suddenly demonized? What? A Nobel Prize winning medicine that is proven effective and inexpensive wasn't Fauci's idea? Oh... maybe that's why.


Now that the President is preparing to enforce Mr. Johnson’s commonsensical exhortation with vaccine mandates, Republicans have a

golden opportunity to win back political control.

If they can successfully push back on the President’s mandates and prevent the Biden Administration from defeating the virus (the primary reason Biden won the Presidency), then VOILA‼️ - the Party of Death is back in power.

Sometimes a lot of people have to die to realize a political goal. History shows this is a frequent reality.

Friedrich Farmer

Social media users like Abe claim that the drug Ivermectin is safe to use since it received the Nobel Prize in 2015.

While it did win the prize, this was for parasitic infections and that doesn't mean the drug is a safe or effective drug in the treatment of COVID-19.


Once again, you've not done the thorough research on the topic. Stop cherry picking the first hits you get on a compromised web search engine.

Gimmy A. Breake

“More deadly than covid are the vaccines.”

Abe says it often. He says what he means.

So he goes to the vet, his primary source

of drugs he pretends are to deworm his horse.

“Vaccines are untested‼️” so clearly he must

get those barnyard pills he knows he can trust.


Human formulation, physician prescribed. But then again, you probably bolstered the false narrative about Trump asking us to put Clorox in our veins. You, and your rhymes, are pathetic.


We would have a lot more nurses and doctor's still in the medical field if Biden did not force them to chose between a jab or their job, I personally know three nurses that have quit their jobs and have gone or are looking into another field because of the vaccine mandate, so there is a partial solution, stop forcing people against their will to get the shot and let them do their job. But that requires people to have choice and freedom, both things the democrats/socialists don't want you to have.

Gimmy A. Breake

You replied to my gibe, (How often that works.)

Can’t help yourself, guys? (You impetuous J*rks)

Wise folks see you each as a vacuous dud.

But you can join me, my friends. We’ll roll in the mud.


Mr. Johnson, please review the ADR (adverse drug reactions) from covid-19 vaccines listed here:

Blood and lymphatic system disorders (80227)

Cardiac disorders (94788)

Congenital, familial and genetic disorders (1042)

Ear and labyrinth disorders (66205)

Endocrine disorders (2546)

Eye disorders (74021)

Gastrointestinal disorders (423321)

General disorders and administration site conditions (1238855)

Hepatobiliary disorders (3846)

Immune system disorders (27828)

Infections and infestations (127378)

Injury, poisoning and procedural complications (94502)

Investigations (264810)

Metabolism and nutrition disorders (46057)

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders (600456)

Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cysts and polyps) (2798)

Nervous system disorders (881465)

Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions (4092)

Product issues (3507)

Psychiatric disorders (95072)

Renal and urinary disorders (15903)

Reproductive system and breast disorders (66989)

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders (211927)

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders (281540)

Social circumstances (13829)

Surgical and medical procedures (16862)

Vascular disorders (109173)


How about the adverse reaction to not getting vaccinated........death. Oh Abe, what is the death rate for those not vaccinated and what is the death rate for those who are vaccinated? How many people have those disorders who have not been vaccinated for covid-19? I guessing it is going to be a large number.

I take it you are not vaccinated and are a staunch antivaccination supporter. You appear to possess at least two of the disorders listed. What is your adverse reaction a result of? Is is a case of cranial rectal inversion or an unfortunate case of intelligence interrupted by an overly stimulated stupidity gene?


Getting your panties in a wad over a virus that has .04% morbidity? Are you aware of the inexpensive and highly effective treatments for covid? No, of course not. Just like all the other morons out there, are you not?

Watch this play out and remember that I tried to warn you all:

Covid is nothing but a scare tactic. Those who died directly from covid did not need to. Somehow, there's a very real effort to stifle the truth about covid and the death shots, but it will soon come to light. I'm so sorry that the "dumbing down of America" has been such a success. Many other countries are far ahead of us in discerning fact from fiction. At least the morons may dwindle quickly. Perhaps.


Israel: Uh oh... the third booster shot isn't working. What should we do?

Also Israel: How about a fourth booster shot?


I see that Abe, Gimmy a Breake, Off the Fence and Voice for all did not bring anything to the table to solve the problem. So they are placed in the box of whinners and complainers. You can't achieve greatness from the box.

Gimmy A. Breake

Vaccines and masks - DLJ’s solution is clear.

Yet Voice and Abe make sense disappear.

They throw up distractions with each fevered breath

Defending the lies that led us to Death. 🦠 ☠️💀☠️ 🦠



You contend that Covid-19 is nothing more than a scare tactic. Perhaps you should put yourself at the lowest level of the triage scale and not seek treatment if you contract the virus. Apparently you do no not want to take steps to protect yourself (danger to self) and try to influence people to follow your lead (danger to others). If you are not willing to take steps to prevent being infected with the virus, why should you count on others to treat and take care of you?

In California, this would be evidence that you meet the criteria to be subject to 5150 petition under California law. Have you ever been or are you currently a resident or committed to a mental health institution? That would explain some of your questionable ramblings that you write.



Here is a scare tactic for you. Booooooo!

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