Hermione Luck – Covid Update

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Hermione Luck / Chief Columnist

Covid Update

August 1, 2021


Now that we have the first twenty-one months of Covid under our belts, it’s very possible that normal has not only left the dock, but most likely will never return. There will be some kind of new normal perhaps, there always is. We’re told without a normal there’s only chaos, which apparently is not a whole lot of fun. As Warren Buffet once said, “Low tide reveals who’s not swimming with a bathing suit.”

Covid has brought with it a low tide of reality. And so it becomes that in this ocean of chance in which we live, Covid has changed everything, and among this experience of upheaval, Covid has revealed ourselves not to one another, but to ourselves.

Let’s start over – these are words from the president of the United States in 2020 …

Jan …  “It’s one person coming in from China and we have it under control”

Feb …  “Counts are going down, not up … fake news.”

Mar … “It’s going to disappear soon it’s like a miracle, it’s going to disappear.”

May … “This is going to go away without a vaccine.”

Sept … “Masks have their problems too.”

Here is a basic report card as of October 1, 2021

  • 719,000 deceased in America
  • 4,227,760 deceased worldwide
  • 197,000,000 reported infections worldwide
  • 99.2% of all recent deaths unvaccinated

How has American life changed this far into a new age of pandemic? In the cities, subway usage is down 58% and used car sales up 30%. In the rural areas, the home values in Boise have gone up 31%, in Provo 21%.

  • 42% of Americans gained weight.                   
  • 66% slept less.
  • 25% drank more.

Actually, maybe that would’ve happened anyway. Of course, in this entire mess of statistics, there is one primary statistic that stands above all others … the first Covid vaccine appeared (327) days after identification of the virus. Amen. Before this truly miraculous effort to identify a vaccine, which begs us to believe in science, the previous record to develop a vaccine for an epidemic disease was four years. And so many viruses continue to have no vaccine at all.

  • The Covid vaccine was no ordinary effort. And now that it’s here, it takes everyone to make it a success. Can the world be united to face the task?
  • Maybe America isn’t really all racism and guns.
  • Maybe I have this wrong. Maybe America still aspires to be something more, to be the eyes and ears, the science and vision of the future, to be proud to present to the world its self-styled elusive ladder of success. Yes, come to America if you must, but buyer beware.  

No matter which culture we call our own, we are only safe on this transitory planet if everyone is safe … much like none of us make it to Heaven unless all of us make it to Heaven. I know that’s hard for the 144,000 who believe they are chosen, but salvation begins with the acceptance that no one sits in the front row



Hermione Luck – 2nd Impeachment

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Hermione Luck / Chief Columnist

2nd Impeachment

January 13, 2021


To impeach, or not to impeach, that is the question …

Considering that Donald Trump lost somewhat of a landslide election, are the Democrats piling on by impeaching a lame duck president who so far claims that the election was rigged? No, they are not.

Impeachment makes everyone take a stand on what we’ve just witnessed as a nation – the forced entry into the United States Senate resulting in five deaths and a plethora of injuries.

The Republicans – who voted not to have a platform in 2016 – will have to go on the record. There will finally be political footprints. McConnell no longer can enable his boot-licking constituency to be without responsibility. Georgia, Stacey Abrams – God bless you. I’ve never said that to anyone before.

The sycophants – speaking of Mitch McConnell, for some reason he has become a linchpin which is an ironic word to use. Look, Trump is a sick puppy. He’s been this way for a long time.

But McConnell and Graham, haven’t they been worse? First of all, Graham …  c’mon his speech in the Senate, orchestrated to produce laughs, was right out of the Book of Amnesia, least we forget how many times this man has twisted in the wind of opportunity. The worst kind of politician.

McConnell … that smirky gobble-gobble look on his face, he has been the ultimate enabler, the Rasputin of the group. If there were anyone to hang in effigy at the Capitol, it is Mitch McConnell.

I’d like to end this with a quote from the Trumpian Bible – from Giuliani to the Corinthians. On the day of the assault – Jan 6 – Rudolph Giuliani spoke to the crowd in front of the Capitol and exclaimed,

  • “if they’re right, we will be fools … if we’re right, they’ll go to jail.”
  • The mob cheered, but as it turned out, the more likely scenario would prove to be, 
  • “if we’re right, they will be the fools … if they’re right, we will go to jail.”