By Mike Austreng, Editor
To say this year has been different would be a huge understatement.
Starting about March the things we took for granted seemed to change overnight. Toilet paper, of all things, was nearly impossible to find in any stores. In our over 64 years we’ve NEVER seen a time when stores had to ration toilet paper – how strange!
Still today you will go into stores and find there are empty shelves with signs that tell you the product is temporarily unavailable from the manufacturer. Those items are shrinking in numbers, but still noticeable – how strange!
Never before have we had daily (and many times each day) depressing reminders about the number of people contracting COVID, and the number of people losing their lives from “complications of the coronavirus”.
Never before have we been told (warned) that we need to “social distance” and wear a mask. It’s been driven home so hard and for so long that we find ourself and others not willing to get too close to anyone anymore – how strange!
Never before have we seen a time when so many events have been cancelled to keep people from gathering and contracting the virus.
Never before have we seen a time when even churches were off limits. Later churches started offering “parking lot services” – how strange!
Never before have we had to contemplate whether we should have family over for a holiday!
We live in a strange time right now. Who would have guessed it would be so welcome to see our high school kids being able to play football and volleyball – even if they can’t ride on a bus together.
This has put a great burden on small business in our small towns. A time when a restaurant debates whether it can be profitable with the allowed 50% capacity and has to decide if they should open their doors, or keep them locked. Some businesses will decide to simply give up and never open again. All will wonder when or if they will be forced to shutdown again, because of a virus.
It’s sad that there has to be thought put into whether you go out to eat, go to a bar, go to a wedding, go to a funeral – or just stay home.
Don’t you wonder how long things will stay this way – or if we will ever go back to the way things were, the way things should be?
Maybe we were crazy. Maybe these crazy times made us do it, we don’t know, but we admit to our readers that we spent a little over 12 hours watching our television as 11 senators from the left and 11 senators from the right each took their half hour to ask Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett questions to glean answers as to why she should be approved for the position vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The questions and answers were often repeated, but we were very impressed with the nominee. With not much effort you could tell she is so squeaky clean that the left had no mud to fling and did all they could to get her to slip up and say anything they could use against her. The Affordable Care Act, Roe v Wade, and even the second ammendment were the weapons of choice for the democrats on the pannel. It wasn’t even necessary to look at the television if you wanted to know whether a republican or a democrat was taking their chance at Judge Barrett. Democrats kept trying to get the judge to give opinions on cases that might be in front of the Supreme Court – which would be a violation of ethics. Republicans praised Barrett for her distinguished career and thanked her for accepting the nomination. Ms. Bar rett, and her entire family (husband and seven chil dren) endured the long day and, if you were to ask our opinion, did a very good job of staying out of trouble.
Being honest, it was in teresting – too long maybe, but interesting.
Okay, we’ve had enough. We can’t wait for November 4th to get here so we can stop hearing political ads and the bickering between the parties.
Be sure to get to the polls if you haven’t mailed in your ballot – we’ll be going to the polls two weeks from now to cast our ballot, we hope you do too.