We are in the middle of the dog days of summer, but get ready for a long winter. I am referring to the impending spread of the new COVID-19 delta variant.
Do not let these dire predictions scare you. Instead, take action.
This time last year, most of the nation and world were locked down with no vaccine in sight.
Now, we have not one, but three vaccines readily available. Keep in mind that any vaccine is for protection, not a cure. They do not prevent COVID-19, but can lessen the effects if the virus is contracted.
It is our best and only protection from the deadly infection. Face masks and social distancing still play a vital role in combating possible spreads.
Earlier this year, I contracted COVID-19 and know how bad this virus can be. I was a fairly healthy person, but COVID-19 threw me for a loop. I have seen how friends and family have been affected by the virus.
For those who have not yet been vaccinated or who are unwilling to take the shot, do not listen to false rumors. Instead, talk to someone in the medical field, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists or others.
They will give the clearest information for you to make the right decision.
With a new virus storm approaching, we must have a sense of responsibility for ourselves and our neighbors to get through this.
Irony in funds requests
There was great unacknowledged irony in Tuesday’s Post and Courier story by Seanna Adcox, “Mayors calling for release of $435 million.”
The story was about a portion of South Carolina’s $2.5 billion share of state and local funds appropriated under the American Rescue Plan.
South Carolina’s congressional delegation consists of two senators and seven representatives: eight Republicans and one Democrat.
Every Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which was developed by President Joe Biden because, well, it was developed by President Biden.
Sen. Lindsey Graham characterized the plan as a “liberal wish list of parochial interests.”
Now, according to Ms. Adcox’s article, the leaders of our smaller cities, towns and communities are desperate to get their liberal and parochial hands on the funding our congressional delegation did not want them to receive.
Evidently Gov. Henry McMaster has not requested the funds from the U.S. Treasury (as required by the plan) and is keeping the funds bottled up.
In a state that overwhelmingly hoped for another four more years with Donald Trump, the Statehouse doesn’t trust local leaders to resist the temptation of blowing the money on things antithetical to the Republican platform, things like water and sewer systems, firetrucks and laptops for police officers.
Perhaps Sen. Graham and Gov. McMaster would like the funds to go to something less liberal and parochial, like a big, solid wall on the state’s southern border with Georgia.
Acorn Drop Lane
Pay protest ludicrous
In the July 21 Post and Courier’s Business section, an article and photograph highlighted about a dozen people protesting for a $15 hourly wage for Charleston area food service workers.
Let’s compare their demands with an E-3 soldier with more than two years of service. That soldier is paid $12.86 an hour.
After three years of service, the pay jumps to $13.63 an hour.
Unlike food service workers, who get paid time and a half for overtime, soldiers receive no extra pay and are expected to put their life on the line to protect our country.
Why should food workers, who have little experience and few skills, expect to be paid more than our servicemen and servicewomen?
Their demand is ludicrous.
Applause for ballet show
The American Ballet Theatre received well-deserved, thunderous applause when members took their final bow at The Citadel on July 17.
A standing ovation should also be given to The Citadel for hosting the event on its beautiful parade grounds.
This venue should be used more frequently for outdoor performances, including Spoleto events. It is a lovely space with plenty of parking.
The Gaillard Center also deserves a round of applause for sponsoring this performance and including the American Ballet Theatre in its upcoming dance series.
Judging from the size and response of the crowd, this free ballet performance was a gift that was very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone involved with the production.