July 16, 2020 6:30 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, July 16, 2020 Morning Reads – Thursday, July 16, 2020 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 6 Comments It’s National Corn Fritter Day…And it was on this date in 1935 that Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters. We should probably kick them out for that reason. Peaches What Georgia’s AG Is Spending to Fight for the State’s Abortion LawKemp bans cities, counties from mandating masks.Georgia agency stalling on Open Records RequestsAn all-Black football team at a Georgia high school receives its championship rings — 50 years later.Control of the U.S. Senate May Not Be Decided Until January in GeorgiaGeorgia hospitals return millions in COVID-19 relief fundingGeorgia lottery rakes in record $1.24B, powering through pandemicMississippi Is Replacing Its State Flag, But a Confederate Emblem Still Flies Over Georgia Jimmy Carter Chief of White House’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ vaccine effort can keep investing in pharma firms, under IG rulingDon’t Bail Out Bars, Let Them Reopen.White House tells 18 million unemployed workers to ‘Find Something New’ in ad campaign.Trump administration drops plan to deport international students in online-only classesNorth Carolina city votes to give reparations to Black residents…Private prison company sued by shareholders.What Happened to the Record Income Taxes Americans Paid Last Year?EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use Sweet Tea Hazmat Suits for Air Travel Are HereWhy Sweden Succeeded in “Flattening the Curve” and New York FailedWill a lack of sex force players to break the NBA’s bubble?Conservative alternative to Twitter wants to be place for free speech for allFish with human teeth found as experts try to identify mystery sea creature Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 6 Comments armanidog It is a good thing the big box stores are requiring masks to enter their stores. I just do not understand Kemp’s stance on masks. Is he trying to please the 1% of the population that believes in Q-Anon? July 16, 2020 9:25 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Or the 30% who will rebel against anything to do with the government? As a marketing focus group, I want to call them the “knee-jerkers”. July 16, 2020 9:45 AM Log in to Reply armanidog But still they have to wear a mask in Walmart, Target, etc. Even Alabama mandated masks yesterday statewide. Kemp is just adamantine. July 16, 2020 10:50 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I think to most, it appears as a petty power struggle with Mayors, notably Mayor Bottoms. (Not that the stakes are petty- just the focus on interpersonal relationships and power). Forget abt principles of local control, this looks more like it’s abt ego. July 16, 2020 1:15 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance So, with the announcement that Gov is going to sue Atlanta, the pettiness of the power struggle seems all but clear- because, unless I am missing it, there are no announced plans to sue Savannah, Athens, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, etc. Every city may respond to the Executive Order differently, but they all have mandates on the books. As they feel it is in the best local interest, businesses included. And as many business have started mandates, and lobbied for mandates. Are there even any businesses that are like- we want to open, but our employees insist on not wearing a mask. Or our customers refuse to buy just because of a mask? So the argument that he’s trying to help businesses doesn’t make any sense. Nor does this line he formerly gave for not having a mandate: “We don’t need a mandate for people to do the right thing,” Except that is literally every law. Every. law. Praying for wisdom. July 16, 2020 8:21 PM drjay i do like corn fritters…and like everything else these days i’ve seen highly varied descriptions of what happened in sweden…i’ve seen it described as a succes and i’ve seen it described as a dumpster fire…my inclination is to believe it’s probably something in between… July 16, 2020 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.