Reflections on the Pandemic

Back in March when we learned we were in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, most everyone I know panicked. We were stocking up on groceries, frantically searching for masks, ingesting tons of Vitamins C and D, and in general truly frightened about the unknown we were about to experience. My friends who are in my age group discussed how we isolate from our kids and grandkids to keep from getting the virus and those who have elderly parents were very frightened for them as well. In the beginning we got a lot of conflicting messages- wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, the virus can live for days on hard surfaces so we were all disinfecting our canned goods, leaving our clothes in the garage when we got home and washing our hands until they were raw.And watching the news on television to get the latest updates on closings, new cases, deaths and what color zone we were in.We are seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic and what if anything have we learned? One, masks have become a political statement. If you wear one you must be a Democrat. If you savor your personal freedoms and choose not to wear a mask, you must be a conservative or a libertarian. For me a mask is not a political sign, it just makes good sense. Two. Life as we knew it has changed for good I suspect. Education, sports, healthcare and your workplace may be forever changed. Colleges are almost all online now and other than having a place to socialize and hang out with friends, I am not sure traditional teaching in classrooms will survive the pandemic. Healthcare is changed for sure- how easy is it to call your Doc on Zoom and let her look down your throat or check out your rash. Big time sports now have 1/4 of the fans they had last year and you know, it’s pretty nice to watch it on a 65″ TV screen and not have to fight traffic and the crowds. I am concerned for our economy bouncing back with the changes we are seeing with our working from home model. In New York City, I am told downtown Manhattan and Wall Street offices are empty and may not ever come back. Commercial realtors and contractors may suffer immensely if this trend continues. I was already working from home and so it hasn’t affected my bottom line but I do occasionally miss Market Square at lunch and hanging out with my associates and friends. Now we try to get together at a restaurant that has outdoor seating! Not sure what we will do now that colder weather is coming.We...

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It Really Does Matter Who Governs

As we approach the November 3 elections, I want to urge everyone to vote because it really does matter who governs. In Tennessee we have not only the Presidential selection up but also a US Senator, all nine Congressmen, all 99 State House seats and several State Senator seats as well. If we live by the mantra that all politics is local, then you must vote in the local races because they affect your daily life the most.But what about the Presidential race? R or D or I, it’s important this time, maybe more so than at anytime in my lifetime. I know, I know, candidates say this every four years to try to get you to vote for them. But this time, there is a significant difference in the two parties’ platforms. Joe Biden, the D, has said he will raise your taxes on day one. Donald Trump cut individual taxes as well as corporate taxes after he was elected in 2016. And those cuts brought about the most robust economy in our country’s history. That is until the pandemic hit!Biden and Harris in order to secure their party’s nomination, had to move to the far left, to appease the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrat party. Biden used to be a moderate Democrat but that is no longer true because he has to pander to the special interests groups now. So if he wins and it appears that he’s in the lead as of today prepare for an increase in your individual taxes, and if you own a business, in your corporate taxes as well. They have made that very clear.Regardless of what you think of Trump personally, you must admit that he has nominated Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and his current nominee Amy Barrett appears to be an outstanding jurist. IF Biden wins and the D’s take the Senate and keep the House then prepare for “court packing” to be one of their first priorities. What does that mean? It means they will pass a law that allows the Supreme Court to increase any number of seats from the current nine to as many as it takes to change the conservative bent of the Court as it is now. It’s happened before and it certainly will this time if they win.President Trump, for all his faults and he certainly has many, has enacted policies that have helped this country prosper- the tax cuts, getting rid of onerous business regulations, standing up to our allies and demanding they pay their fair share in organizations, has pushed “buying American” products and brought companies that had left America back home. He talks too much, his...

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