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7 Responses to COVID Culture—It’s Not the New Normal

  1. Robert Brescia Reply

    April 27, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I tried pressing reply next to each of your fine comments on my article but it didn’t work, so here’s a global reply: THANK YOU! There is no totally “right” answer to our present dilemma – we are in uncharted waters. Your prayers really help and your action too. Our union is strong and it is because of our people, not out government or other ideologies. Bob

  2. Steve Endsley Reply

    April 21, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I definitely appreciate the references to acts of civility and kindness that are happening despite the hopefully temporary new normal of Covid Culture. And as I’m not from Texas who knows if my experience is an outlier but I suspect not. It seems to me that a laissez faire approach to opening businesses, large or small, is a recipe for continuing pandemic and perpetual shelter in place. Most people are doing the right things, staying inside, otherwise keeping 6 feet apart, wearing masks and so on. Sadly, many are not, which ruins things for the rest of us. This is unscientific but let’s just say 80% of folks are social distancing and the rest are not. That’s all it takes to spread this disease indefinitely. I found this out the hard way a month or so ago in my local natural grocery store, most people politely complying, others shoving up behind me, even getting in my face. I never went back, luckily given that same store a month later just had two cases of Covid confirmed. I get that people are frustrated and I get that they are hurting economically. So far the federal government response has not put money directly in the hands of people who need it most. But it’s unlikely that just ‘going back to work’ is going to induce consumers to head back into confined, unprotected spaces where all it takes to get infected are a minority of people who don’t seem to care. I do indeed hope that isn’t the new normal.

  3. Brenda Norman Reply

    April 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    The voice of common sense and a patriot. Brenda

  4. Les Littlejohn Reply

    April 21, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Yes sir Bob! Get this in the Governor’s hands! The state and nation needs to see this! Lorraine Perryman could get it to him I believe. Les

  5. Burden Lundgren Reply

    April 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I do not see any public health credentials in the author’s bio.

  6. DS Ellis Reply

    April 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    BRAVO! Your thoughts resonate with so many small business owners that the public sector employees cannot understand, or dont appreciate. The government is for and by the people – but some of our governors seem more interested in the opportunity and the public spotlight that trusting their citizens with common-sense measures. With the exception of hot spot cities, we need to get back to business now.

  7. Darrell Moore Reply

    April 20, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    No doubt we will defeat this thing. As you say, we’ve been through many a crisis as a nation. One point though, we have a generation of young people who’ve never really experienced a crisis. In all actuality, nothing on this global scale has happened since the end of WW2 (so I can count my generation as well). There’s a huge learning curve here for a lot of us. As we move through it, we’ll be making adjustments – we have to. Small businesses will come back, but first, we’ve got to get this crisis under some level of control. And, I believe the large businesses you reference are probably still in operation due to large groups of the population in need of their goods and services – namely, the essentials. A small business can’t readily serve a national population. My empathy goes out to small business owners. My prayer is that we get through this thing a much better nation.

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