Wawa needs to step up

I just want to Rant and Rave about a local Wawa allowing people to walk in without a mask and even some of the staff. I know for a fact that several Wawa employees in Sarasota tested positive for this virus.

The Wawa I'm referring to has signs up but are not enforcing it. How about leaning on them a little bit more, people? We're not above dealing with corporations. Let's see if we can all be on the same page.

To open or not open schools

Just a suggestion; is to open with teachers at their desks (for students aged 12 and up) and live streamed to those affluent with broad band internet, at home. In the classroom, would be the less fortunate without computers or internet, who could use the extra attention. Having fewer affluent students in the building makes more room for social distancing. Consistent teaching would include hygiene and a lot of hand washing. Hopefully, the teaching will be practiced at home, by everyone. Masks could be optional while seated, 6’ apart. Proper sleep, exercise and a healthy gut (vegan is a less expensive lunch) may help to keep the doctor away. The art of mindfulness, awareness and consideration of others could be the best lessons learned. Learn how to learn and learn how to live.

For social distancing, maybe Grade Schools could have a truncated year, such as half of a class attending in the a.m. and the other half in the afternoon. After all, some school is better than none. Work it out with the parents and their work schedules. Personally, I drifted through school as many do. The cream will still rise to the top. Nature has its ways.

These are extraordinary times during Covid-19. Like being caught in a rip tide; relax, (Stay home – with a hobby, home or self improvement) don’t struggle and float your way out of it. Rejecting the overblown politics and media, this will eventually pass.

Perhaps, Florida or America should emulate other cities, counties, states or countries that have good working models. As an example is; Florida’s dreadful unemployment benefits program. Why try to re-invent the wheel, when you are derailed and in the ditch?

"De-gun, not defund" response

In response to "de-gun, not defund", I would agree that there are many fine police officers who deserve respect and compliance. For that, I would be first to thank them all. Thank you, police officers!

Stereotyping all of one political party is propaganda. Several types of propaganda are used: name-calling, bandwagon, and glittering generality. Review your government and civics class, please.

Many of us want a good and kind America. How to achieve that is the work for the lawmakers and enforcers. So keep the guns to protect yourself, and be kind, officers and citizens.

May God protect all of you dear people in this time in America and may our great country be kind to each other and honest to one another as Jesus asked us. Kindness is better than greatness.

In conclusion, love one another above all.

Public responsibility

I am frankly quite astounded at the way Americans in general are responding to so many issues these days that I don't know where to begin. Is it so important to cling to your individual rights at the risk of actually killing someone else?

I have heard many opinions about the need to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That there is no certainty of how it is spread and we have no clear direction . But, I disagree. From the start everyone has known that it is a virus easily transmitted by close contact. We have been told that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to keep our distance, wash our hands and wear a mask to protect the people around us. It's simple! Have we become so self-centered that we can not do a simple thing like wear a mask to help control this plague? What's the big deal? Is it vanity? It blows me away honestly.

In closing I just want this thing to end like everyone else. We all have a responsibility in making that happen. Please people do what needs to be done. It's not a joke, hoax, or a conspiracy. It's real so please do your part.

More on BJs customer service

To the senior citizen that ranted about BJ's Wholesale Club's new policy on coupons available exclusively via electronic clipping or their app: You do not have to wait until renewal to discontinue your membership. Just go back to the customer service desk and tell them you want to cancel. You'll get a full refund on your membership.

How do I know? Because even though I have the technology, I found this new policy time-consuming and ridiculous. I sent them feedback via e-mail and a Facebook post. Never got any response so they don't care.

Join Sam's or Costco where a paid member automatically gets the benefit of any additional coupon discount.

BJ's needs to step up and follow suit.

Just an observation to share.

There is a large sign in front of the Vero Beach high school. I used to drive by the sign (2002-2016) and question why a big nosed, flappy lipped cartoon character image of a Native American was allowed. Look at it ... A Fighting Indian? Any other ethnicity denigrated in this manner would sound alarms.

In the early 1970's the "sachem" chief depicted in my high school was a historical image, a regal and respectful remembrance of the tribe leader. I could not help but compared the two.

With the talk of the Redskins football team possibly changing the name to avoid insulting anyone anymore, maybe this could be reported on. Just a thought I have wanted to share for a very long time.

Remembering the Constitution

Thoughts of the preamble to the constitution of the United States infused my mind this morning. Having memorized it during Civics class decades ago, I can still recall some of it. An iPhone or iPad can instantly show it verbatim, however, I’ll paraphrase in order to be brief. Our founding fathers set forth aims for the betterment of our country that include: justice, tranquility, national defense, general welfare, liberty. Today, all of these virtuous ideals are in grave jeopardy as we witness instead: lawlessness, fear and violence, internal national chaos, personal irresponsibility, psychological oppression. As Americans, it is our civic duty to adhere to and promote what our sacrificial founding fathers planned for this free nation, under God. As citizens, we are privileged to vote for those who share in “forming a more perfect union.”

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