It almost does not bear saying, but the various reactions of Americans to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa verged on the hysterical and even delusional. There was a case here in Maine of a parent group becoming enraged when they learned a school employee traveled to Texas where there had been one (1) case of Ebola miles away from the location where this person stayed. The parents demanded the staff member be kept away from the school. There were other bits of silliness in our state but the national press honed in on the one involving our governor, who locked horns with a determined nurse who refused an unnecessary quarantine. The Huffingtion Post not only takes my home state’s governor to task in this retrospective about the Ebola scare but also takes a swipe at my alma mater and various other otherwise sensible folks who lost their heads for a time. Huff Po notes that Ebola unfortunately arrived at the peak of the political cycle, causing it to become a tool for those who probably did know better but preferred to pretend otherwise. This episode makes for a good real life study of mob panic that, thankfully, had no justification, at least in this country.