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Editorial: All the news

With a tip of the cap to our old friend Thomas Sowell, we offer up the following random thoughts on the passing scene:

Question: If one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine shows strong efficacy in reducing the severity of symptoms (studies now show one dose can reduce hospitalizations by 80%), why are we not rushing to get a single dose into as many people as possible? Get the second dose only into the absolute most vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, and then get everybody else one dose as fast as possible. It’s mathematically a much better plan than hoarding vaccines to allow for second doses. 

Proven or not, a lot of people have a lot of questions about how the 2020 elections were handled. So, what are Democrats in the federal government doing? They are trying to memorialize and make permanent all the things that people found questionable, because it worked for them. HR 1, the sweeping reform bill passed in the House, offers no improvements on the dubious election practices from 2020, it simply wants to make them permanent law. Reminder that Democrats and Republicans alike believed that the recent presidential election was highly flawed. Just a thought, maybe try actually fixing the problems?

Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. children’s book author Dr. Seuss, was also a political cartoonist around the time of World War II. Some of his most famous cartoons of the time were biting indictments of racist sentiment in this country. That was pretty spicy stuff to be talking about in the 1940s. For some reason, that seemed important to mention this week.

The sexual harassment claims against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are pretty bad. They pale in comparison, however, to the claims that he intentionally hid the number of nursing home deaths caused directly by his horrifically bad policy decision. Let’s make sure we keep our eye on the ball, New York. 

Elon Musk is extraordinarily, terrifically, unashamedly odd. He is just a very weird man. He is also doing some of the most consequential work of this century, so we better get used to weirdness.

While the COVID-19 numbers continue to drop like rocks, and lights begin to appear at the end of a whole variety of tunnels, the reality is that the true cost of this pandemic will not be known for decades. The past year has left deep, indelible scars on people that will take a lifetime to unearth. 

The recent announcement by the St. Louis Cardinals that at least 15,000 fans will be allowed to attend home games is some of the best news we have heard in a long time. The importance of that team to our entire region’s economic health cannot be overstated. Now, Fox Sports Midwest just need to fix the problems with their streaming deals so that more people can watch games at home.

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