We put a man on the moon. Now this?


In 1969 we put a man on the moon. It was a great scientific achievement for our country and in the world. We did it.  

Hard to believe that now, when we have so many people who deny science. We have people who believe the Earth is flat, COVID-19 vaccinations have a tracking device, vapor trails in the sky are chemicals the government is spraying on us, and even people who say the moon landing was fake.

It’s no wonder COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing.

In some parts of the country, medical personnel and EMTs are tired, overworked and stressed out. COVID-19 has become the leading cause of death for police officers for the last two years, according to the website of the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum.

Yet some people don’t believe it is a problem. 

Scientists and medical experts say masks, vaccinations, social distancing and hand washing are the most effective ways to stop the spread. Still, people don’t believe it.

With attitudes like that, we would never have put a man on the moon. 

I commented two columns ago about going into a restaurant and none of the young staff had masks, despite preparing and serving food. A reader wrote and said he was in a local place and noticed the same thing…only adults were working there. Funny thing, we both went to the same place!

And neither of us will be going back.

If you are a businessperson and not requiring staff, especially food servers, to wear a mask, you may be losing business….especially mine.

I read that the demo of Hickory Grove should begin in the next few weeks.  I just hope there are not any glitches or loose ends in the contract that will bring the project to a halt.  I also hope the city gets a developer with a great plan for the space.

Voting

I remember a time when people were being urged to get out and vote. Now it seems one party wants people to not vote. Making it harder to vote absentee, register, vote early and cutting down on polling places and machines just seems unamerican. So does the practice of gerrymandering, which allows the party in control to draw districts to make it easier for their party to win.

Illinois does it. So do a lot of states. It’s wrong,

We need to protect everyone’s right to vote, even if we don’t agree with their politics.

Terry Dickow can be contacted at [email protected]

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