Morning Reads for National Grammar Day (March 4)

Could there be a more perfect day for me to have a turn at the Morning Reads than National Grammar Day? I think not! If you’re wondering why in the world such a day exists, Grammarly published a post on the history of the holiday a few years back. Meanwhile, it’s the third day of Qualifying, which you can keep up with here.

And now, the news!

Pat Conroy

  • State employees may soon gain three weeks of paid parental leave.
  • With nearly 100 students from UGA and GT in quarantine following study abroad trips to Italy and France, the University System is advising trips be canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 global outbreak.
  • COVID-19 will also affect the way some visitors travel to the Masters Tournament next month.
  • The 11th Circuit has ruled that a privately-run immigration detention center in south Georgia is subject to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which prohibits forced labor.

Alice Walker

  • Super Tuesday was yesterday, in case you hadn’t heard.
  • The Stock Market sank 785 points after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates in an effort to curb the worry that COVID-19 will cause a recession.
  • The official COVID-19 numbers are likely wrong because of the way we collect data surrounding outbreaks.
  • 25 people died in on Tuesday in Middle Tennessee after a tornado ripped through Nashville.

Flannery O’Connor

  • The French city of Plougastel-Daoulas recently held a contest to see if anyone could decipher a message left on a rock in the village in 1786. Two people were able to do it, and the message is a memorial to a friend lost at sea.

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The Johns Hopkins coronavirus dashboard is a good source for continuing information about the progress of the epidemic.


What about March Madness? Lot’s of money involved in that. Will it be cancelled? Or TV only with no fans at the games?
I imagine some teams may not want to travel.


Japanese baseball teams are already playing their spring training games in empty ballparks. Korean leagues have cancelled the exhibition season. Japan’s two pro leagues may postpone the season openers because of the virus.

We’re not at that point in the US but if the incidence of known cases continues to accelerate here it could happen.


Chinese Formula 1 grand prix already ‘postponed’. Vietnam and Bahrain also in jeopardy. Some countries have restrictions on travel from Italy, affecting several teams, Ferrari especially.


James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die,’ release pushed to November due to coronavirus concerns.


I am not going to the big city and getting exposed to them corona virusus. Instead I’ll go see the barber when I need some doctoring for a cold.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The GaGOP continues to promote Georgia gun culture. Stand your ground invites homicide since dead men tell no tales. The GaGOP way to fix it is to make it legal to brandish a firearm so long as it’s not aimed at somebody.. SB224 that passed out of committee with unanimous GOP support would do just that. The bill’s sponsor says that brandishing firearms shouldn’t be a crime when done in an attempt to de-escalate in response to a threat. A two ton motor vehicle can kill, so of course brandishing a firearm when cut off in traffic is warranted. One… Read more »