Cyndi's Two Cents
Politics of COVID-19
July 22, 2020 By Cyndi Young Filed Under: AgriNews Column, Two Cents
overheard a conversation between two middle-aged gentlemen last night while I
was waiting in my designated-spot-for-social-distancing in the line at the
grocery store. One, dressed in a business suit, the other, clad in more
casual attire topped off with a seed corn cap, were discussing the politics of
COVID-19. (Oh, please, if you are offended by that statement, you are not
paying attention. I am not pointing at a specific party.)
gentleman took a firm stand in favor of a party or presidential candidate, but
from their brief discussion, it was not difficult to determine their political
leanings. There are currently no set requirements in that store, but one of the
gentlemen was wearing a mask to cover his mouth and nose.
first one, then the other of the men moved through the line and out the door,
two attractive, well-manicured 20-something women behind me took up their own
conversation about how the county, state and federal leadership has maneuvered
these rough waters surrounding COVID-19. I must admit, I was impressed by
the depth of their insight. For once I was glad there were too few
check-out lanes open, as I enjoyed eavesdropping on my fellow shoppers.
the clerk reached around the plexiglass to hand me my receipt, my smile faded,
as one of the women admitted that she had never voted and was not even
registered to do so. The other giggled. Neither had she. I
wanted to turn and ask them why.
remember filling out the paperwork for voter registration during class my
senior year in high school. I would not turn 18 until August after
graduation, but it was something we (my fellow classmates and I) were quite
excited to do.
is a privilege and a responsibility. There are so many issues that can
impact everything about how we live and how our children and grandchildren will
live, being debated in these months before the election. We must be sure
the persons for which we cast our votes are on the right side of those issues
important to us.
We hear a lot about Trump vs. Biden, but there is much more on the line than which man will serve as our president for the next 4 years. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in The U.S. Senate will be contested.
Please, do your own research. Try to cut through as much of the clutter as you can and find facts. Do it as though your life – and the lives of all future generations of Americans – depends on it. I believe it does.
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