Category: Pandemics

2021: The Year Of Moving Forward

This week’s Courier Herald column: The calendar tells us we’re upon a new year.  The routine says we’re still stuck in the present.  It’s up to each of us, individually, to reconcile the two. The Great Time Out started in March with “two weeks to flatten the curve”.  The calendar tells us that two weeks

Happy Holidays – Even This Year

This week’s Courier Herald column: We’re now well into the holiday season and, thankfully and mercifully, the home stretch of 2020.  It’s been a year of a pandemic, social unrest, and an election that refuses to end.  Many of us will not be sad to see this year conclude. I have no issue with the

Adults Need To Deal With “High Stakes” Testing

This week’s Courier Herald column: Those in charge of educating our children have been playing the long game with the public’s willingness to drop rules and protocols in an ongoing effort to remove objective results and accountability from the system.  The latest casualty is “high stakes testing”, as the State School Board has capitulated to

Entering A Holiday Season Without Plans

This week’s Courier Herald column: I wrote a piece on my blog for Good Friday that began “If you want to make God Laugh, tell him your plans.”  That was what seems like years ago, when we were still trying to come to grips with all of the changes a pandemic was forcing upon us. 

Everything Isn’t Awful

This week’s Courier Herald column: 2020 has presented unique challenges that most of us wouldn’t have dreamed of a year ago.  We’ve added social unrest and a pandemic to an election year, and forced a shutdown of much of the economy in the process.  It’s not surprising that much of the news these days is

Congress Is Holding The Unemployed Hostage For Bailouts

This week’s Courier Herald column: Georgians who find themselves unemployed due to the pandemic are no longer receiving additional unemployment insurance payments due to gridlock in Washington.  That’s the nice, sanitized way that the current situation is currently being reported.  It sounds much nicer and less sinister than reporting that those hardest hit by the