A Quick Opinion: Will we get close to normal in 2022?

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A Winters Express op-ed column

By Charley Wallace

The weather is starting to change and we even had a little rainfall last week. It might have only been .05 of an inch, but it put us way ahead of last year. I’m hopeful that it will rain this year. If you need a new roof, now would be a good time to start. Nothing brings a good rain like a roof without shingles. I might even wash my pickup.

As the leaves begin to turn color and drop, I realize that I would never make a good farmer. I planted two street trees in front of the museum and killed one off the first year. Not sure if it was too much water, or not enough. Well, the leaves are starting to turn brown on the two year old tree leaves. The newest maple is still looking green.

This might be a “you know you live in Winters, when . . .” After I planted the trees someone came along and put some mulch down. A few weeks later I saw a woman bringing more mulch and adding a nice bowl shape around the base of the trees for water. I can’t remember her name, but thank you, again for trying to save my trees.

People are starting to hold prayer meetings for a local man who has COVID-19 and isn’t doing very well. I haven’t talked to the family, but I understand that they are not vaccinated. It is just a sad situation that I don’t think his two children will understand if things get worse.

I’m at a loss for words for those that don’t want to get vaccinated. This is a preventable disease. Almost all those being hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. What other statistic do you need? Someone told me that they didn’t know anyone who has died from COVID. Lucky you. I thought we were out of the woods, but along comes a variant that spreads easily, especially among children.

Chris Kelsch, who runs the Winters Healthcare, told me that they have plenty of vaccine and all you have to do is walk in, wearing a mask, and ask for help. It is free to all, over age 12. If you would like to protect yourself and those around you, get vaccinated.

The longer people hold out, the longer it will take to get this virus under control. I’m starting to think that wearing masks to protect the unvaccinated is a bad idea, but masks protect us, too. The question I’m asking is if no one wore masks, would the disease spread faster and be over with sooner? Darwin at work, or would there be too many innocent victims among those that can’t be vaccinated, like children under 12, and cancer patients.

California has a housing shortage of over a million units. A few people have left the state, but not enough to solve our housing problem. Maybe we can encourage all the anti-vaxxer to move to the south where they can live with like minded citizens and free up some housing for those that want to stay.

I’m praying for our COVID patient to make a full recovery, and for people to see the light and get vaccinated before something bad happens to their families, too.

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