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March 24, 2020 – Open by Easter

“Trump says he wants the country opened by Easter” –CNN headline I can hear the Sunday sermons now. “As the Lord was resurrected, so shall the US economy and all our good fortunes with it.” It would make a great scene in a reality TV show. If this weren’t the reality we are now living. But here’s the thing: Three states that are among the strongest drivers of that economy (NY, CA, WA) are all in the throws of this pandemic with infection rates on the rise dramatically. How do you open a country for business when its business centers are too infectious to open back up? We’ll be selective, opening up the areas least at risk, they say. Really? What impact are the 12 people in Montana and their heads of cattle going to have on the overall economy? Oil prices have cratered, so not even fracking can help now.

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Can we really get back to "normal" after going through the coronavirus pandemic?

March 23, 2020 – Can We Even Get Back to “Normal”?

While watching all the activity in DC this morning, it occurs to me that every action our government is (and isn’t) taking is aimed at restoring what they see as normalcy. I’m not sure that normalcy is possible anymore. This health crisis, and financial crisis, and election cycle have exposed the cracks in our systems and society. The advantage and hubris of the 1% is writ large when basketball players have access to a critically important medical test and healthcare workers are having to make-do with cloth face masks that offer next to no protection from the virus that is all around them. We turn to technology to offer a different way to keep educational services going. But what happens to the students who don’t have fast, reliable internet service at home or rely on school for the one or two healthy meals they get during school days? There are no

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Coronavirus was going to go away, like a miracle

February 28, 2020 – Looking for a Miracle

This is the day. This is the day that President Trump said he thought the coronavirus would just go away. It would be like a miracle. There are around 60 confirmed cases in the US. California iss monitoring around 8,400 people suspected of being infected. The world markets are tanking. Comparisons are being made to the hit the markets took in 2008. The White House says that all public health officials had to clear any TV appearances in advance. Reports are that President Trump was angry that health officials were contradicting his rosy assessment of the situation. This is the day when there seemed to be a shift in the world toward taking coronavirus and COVID-19 seriously. And toward hoping for that miracle.

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