Blow It Up to Save It

I had the chance to visit Charleston, South Carolina this summer. I went fishing and drug Mrs. Richardson along. On a Sunday morning, we left the shipping channel and rounded Fort Sumter on a high tide to chase redfish behind James Island. The waves lapped against the old brick walls in the grey dawn. These walls survived artillery fire and hurricanes and the waves of a thousand flood tides. They’ll be there when we’re gone.

I also visited a Revolutionary War prison that housed the Patriots of Charleston during the British occupation. I saw a certain flag in the museum, designed by a South Carolinian in 1775:

Museum Around the Corner: Don't tread on me | Community | postandcourier.com

As Americans, we don’t like being told what to do by a powerful executive. If we did, we’d still be British citizens.

2021

Speaking of waves, we can’t agree on how to deal with them:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced results from a study Friday that found unvaccinated individuals were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people. 

The research, spanning more than 600,000 people in 13 jurisdictions, also determined that unvaccinated populations were over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized — figures that underscore COVID-19 vaccines protect recipients from deaths and hospitalizations. The study also showed that unvaccinated people were 4 1/2 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. 

Despite the data, Republican Governors in the South think making people get a shot is government overreach. Here’s Alabama’s Kay Ivey:

Today, the RNC announced it would sue the Biden Administration over the new mandates.

You shouldn’t be surprised. I’m not. If our history has taught us anything, it’s that freedom comes with a price, and that price is paid in blood.

Fort Sumter 150 Years Ago

Unfortunately, in America, the pain is often self-inflicted.

Vote “What?” Fayetteville?

Nat Robertson’s Carolina Cabinet podcast recently included guests Jim Arp and Bobby Hurst. The two Republicans are members of the “Vote Yes Fayetteville” movement. The group is pushing a referendum to add “at-large” seats to the Fayetteville City Council:

Arp and Hurst stayed on message. They argued at-large seats would give voters greater choice, increase turnout in municipal elections, and create accountability in city government. They also pointed out that council members would be more likely to make decisions that benefit the city as a whole, not just their particular “ward.”

It sounded a lot like a post I wrote in 2019:

Get Off the Market House!

Most importantly, Arp and Hurst did not make the issue about race, crime, or the Market House riots. This was a refreshing change. Former Mayor Tony Chavonne, also a member of “Vote Yes Fayetteville” keeps bringing up crime and the Market House every time he discusses the issue. While I’m sure this inspires him personally, it is stupid politics. It galvanizes opposition and further divides the city.

In the end, this is an issue that should transcend partisan and racial politics. Remember what we’re voting for. If we keep Fayetteville first, we can’t really go wrong.

Get the Shot, Fayetteville (Part 3)

This is the final post of the “Get the Shot, Fayetteville” Trilogy.

Watch this video:

Local Leadership

Terry Sanford High School principal Tom Hatch recently took to his twitter account to promote masks for the up-coming school year:

Mr. Hatch’s post gained the attention of the Fayetteville Observer. An article followed. The article was posted on the Observer’s facebook page. Lots of comments followed, some good, some bad. They reflect the growing divisions in our community and our nation over the “proper” response to covid.

I wish my kids didn’t have to wear masks in a few weeks. I’d give just about anything for them to have a normal school year. But right now, with the delta variant moving up I-95 to our neck of the woods, into our homes, businesses, and schools, Mr. Hatch’s post makes sense.

Remember, it’s not all about “you” right now. A pandemic affects everyone, and it takes the entire village to defeat the common enemy. In times of crisis, real leaders bring back the sense of community that people need to move forward.

There are no perfect answers to Covid. All we can do is the best we can, together.

Get the school doors open. Mask up and get vaccinated so we can keep them open.

And Go Bulldogs!