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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

People saying Happy New Year are getting fewer and fewer as the weeks pass by and we get used to writing 2022 on everything requiring a date. Soon, people will start forgetting all about 2021, just like we did 2020. More and more people are contracting COVID-19, but thankfully, no one I know is in the hospital or dying. I’m hoping that we don’t forget those who got sick, or died from COVID over the past two years.

There is a consensus among health care professionals that we are in another spike and that within a month, this spike in positive COVID test results will drop like a rock. That was the case in the other variants we have witnessed during this pandemic. There is a new word definition we will be learning soon: endemic. That is what our common flu has become, something that we get used to and learn to live with. Here is to hoping that COVID is already an endemic and we just don’t have all the data to prove it.

There are still too many people refusing to get vaccinated and I’m at a loss at what to do about their reluctance. Educating people has worked for most and requiring vaccinations at work has been a plus, but shaming hasn’t had the effect I thought it would. Why are people in favor of helping COVID-19 spread though out our communities? I’m thinking that they just don’t want someone telling them what to do, or maybe they just won’t admit that they are wrong.

Those that didn’t trust our government officials to tell the truth in the past, don’t trust what is being posted by the Center for Disease Control today. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but these are the same people who think there was/is wide-spread voter fraud in America. I find it interesting that they only think that the presidential race was fixed and not all of the other races that were on the ballot. A lot of Republicans won in 2020. If the Democrats really did steal the elections, does that mean they are smarter than Republicans when it comes to fixing elections? I don’t think so. But I digress.

At the start of last year I was looking forward to COVID being over by the summer. I want to feel that way again, but I’m starting to think it might have to get worse before it gets better. Current vacations are being postponed until 2023 and I’m starting to worry about our plans for this summer and next fall.

I’m still not comfortable in large crowds but small gatherings don’t seem to bother me. I’m starting to worry about the Youth Day Pancake Breakfast or other community gatherings. I haven’t heard about the Citizen of the Year banquet, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that COVID will be under control by then. I guess the question for most of us is: when will we feel comfortable sitting next to strangers at public events, or even inside restaurants?

At least I feel at ease at home, my office or on the golf course. Open air is therapeutic and with a break in the weather, we should all enjoy a nice walk, count our blessings and look forward to a better future.

Happy New Year.

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