Dear Editor,

We do not need to live in fear of this virus or give up the rights given to us by the Constitution. We are a community, county and state of good people with common sense, and we can be a model for our nation by doing what’s right.

Firstly, I know there is a virus that spreads easily and that some have become gravely ill; some have died. Thank God our children are at very small risk. I also have learned that 95% of us will weather the virus, much like we do the flu. It’s the at-risk 5%, the frail and elderly, that most concerns us. I am not a doctor, but I have recently learned much from a nonprofit group of highly credentialed, highly experienced frontline doctors who are not only saving lives but working to get lifesaving information out before more die unnecessarily. The information and evidence these doctors present have convinced me that treatment with a protocol including hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a cheap drug approved by the FDA 65 years ago, can save most COVID-19 patients, if administered early. It has been used safely and effectively against malaria and other illnesses, including the SARS virus, which is related to COVID-19. It’s listed as one of the world’s safest drugs. Since the virus started, 171 studies from all over the world have shown HCQ’s effectiveness against COVID-19. Combining it with zinc and sometimes other medicines increases its effectiveness even more. A protocol for early treatment of COVID-19 by internationally recognized authority on the evaluation of medical evidence, Dr. Peter McCullough, appears in the American Journal of Medicine, August 2020. If you stop reading here, please go to (back arrow to remove email request window) and learn for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the abundance of fact-based, practical information found there. It potentially could save your life or the life of someone you love!

So why are you hearing this from a grandma in a letter to the editor? Because this information has been censored by the mainstream media and social media. I was heartsick about this, but not shocked, given how the media has been found numerous times to be lying to us over and over, especially in recent years. I believe politics in this election year and the money to be made by expensive drugs (power and money can corrupt) are the main factors driving the censorship of this life-saving information that should have been front page news on every newspaper and the lead TV news story for weeks. Instead, a fabricated article, written by two doctors, proclaiming hydroxychloroquine as unsafe and causing heart issues was circulated unchecked for two full weeks before it was debunked, not by previously trusted organizations like WHO, FDA, AMA, NIH, but by independent doctors who knew better and unmasked these lies. The damage was done. The public and doctors alike were further confused. I often hear, “I don’t know what to believe.” Please check out AFLD at; truth resonates here.

Here are just three examples of many of the effectiveness of HCQ: Dr. Robin Armstrong, early in the pandemic, used an HCQ protocol in a nursing home, saving 36 of the 39 patients infected, compared with Washington state losing 30% of their nursing home residents during that time period. But when he tried to get the word out about the HCQ early treatment protocol he used, it was twisted into a negative story. In fact, he was aggressively targeted by several publications. Dr. Stella Immanuel has treated 500 patients, with very few hospitalizations. Dr. Brian Tyson, whose urgent care serves a very high-risk population, including two nursing homes, has treated over 1,900 positive cases with only one hospitalization and no deaths. So, please, if you test positive or get symptoms and are older and/or have any health conditions, please get treatment early. 

Secondly, we do not need to give up our rights to weather this storm. Viruses will do what viruses will do — spread. The great majority of us will be fine, even if we catch it. Those of you with health conditions, please don’t tarry if you’re infected. Please see your doctor; don’t hunker down. We don’t wait until bronchitis becomes pneumonia to get treated; we don’t let cancer grow unchecked. Please don’t give this virus a chance to take hold and make you very ill!

We also should not throw caution to the wind. We should wash our hands, stay home if we are sick, eat well, exercise, drink water, see our doctor as we deem necessary. We should definitely take care of our nursing home and assisted living population without taking away their rights. A cautious, yet humane, model of nursing home response should be pursued immediately and implemented here. 

However, relinquishing our rights is not the answer. We must not let propaganda, government or anyone or anything else:

• Separate us from our people and take away community (cover your face, don’t go, stay away, don’t interact)

• Shame us socially (“You aren’t wearing a mask.” “You had a gathering and people tested positive.”)

• Control our movements (stay home, let’s track your contacts)

• Tell us when to see our doctors (go home, isolate, get sicker), and force us to get an expensive, potentially dangerous vaccine when an inexpensive safe medicine works well

• Create depression, increasing suicides and addictions

• Take our livelihood and plunge us into poverty (making us dependent on big government)

• Take away our children’s education, security, milestone markers, childhood

• Take away our children’s future (national debt, parent debt, depleted parents’ savings)

• Make the rich richer (big pharmaceuticals, vaccine producers, Amazon, Walmart, etc.)

• Create worldwide famine as supply chains continue to be interrupted 

FDR said during the Great Depression, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself!”

Let’s be a state that doesn’t choose fear but says we’ve had enough! You can’t lie to us and make us afraid; you can’t take away our freedoms protected by our Constitution: our livelihood, our faces, our people, our community, or our children’s future, education and childhood. Just like the citizens of Buffalo who during the Johnson County Cattle War surrounded the hired guns at the TA ranch and stopped the killing, we can get the word out, we can surround this virus with early treatment, avoiding deaths and excessive hospitalizations. We must also surround the evil propaganda fueling fear and taking away our freedom to live our lives. Our state with its western spirit, small population and citizens who care about each other and have common sense can defeat these threats. We can also be a model for our country to follow! Let us each call the governor, 307-777-7434, and insist he listen to the information at, that he explicitly and continually gets the truth out and protects our rights to live our lives. We as citizens of this great state can surround this evil and stop it in its tracks! It’s been said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”


Your neighbor,

Rilla Poniatowski

This is a paid letter to the editor due to its length.

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