We’ve made a lot of progress in one year, in some ways. We’ve gone from where I can get a test to where can I get a shot? And most sensible people are seeking out the shots and finding them.
The world is still pretty messed up a year later. We still have mass killings; the disease is not gone, and stupid people are having mask burnings to celebrate their freedom. Yes, some still equate mask wearing as a loss of freedom.
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Our City Council is obsessed with whether a particular breed of dog is allowed to live here in spite of a spotty track record including the recent death of a 1-year-old. We have a very divided electorate on this issue. Many would like to vote on the issue instead letting the Council decide for them. At this point, it’s about trust.
The Council meets again on Monday, April 5, at which time they can vote to lift the breed ban, and then we will start dealing with the complexity of trying to enforce and police all of the facets of owning dogs. Compliance and confusion will be a problem. Let us vote.
I think a bigger issue when it comes to animals is all of the abandoned animals that occupy shelters here and all across the country. Let’s focus on getting them a home and promoting spaying and neutering. Nothing grinds my gears more than seeing a post from someone saying: “they are moving and can’t have a pet,” or “I just don’t have time to take care of it.” Or one I saw yesterday, “They are our son’s dogs, and he is returning to college.” That’s shameful.
Our state government also seems to be focused on things nobody asked them to worry about. For instance, take our own State Rep. Mark Lowery, who keeps looking for ways to suppress history and voting rights. Or consider our mostly irrelevant attorney general who’s worried about how many times a day we pledge allegiance or sing the National Anthem.
The legislature is worried about whether transgender children get to play sports and controlling their medical care. I don’t care what your political stance is, the medical care choices for transgender kids lie with the parents and the children. The legislature couldn’t go home a day too soon for me.
All this is to say that those who represent us should start representing us, not grandstanding for attention or promoting an agenda that is not even their own but generated by a national organization or their misguided party. It’s time to focus inward and do the people’s work.
Don's Pharmacy is hosting a mass drive-through vaccination clinic at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock this Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Shots will be administered in the Dickey-Stephens parking lot across the street from the park and will be available by appointment only to those in the qualifying 1A, 1B or 1C categories, according to the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.
Those receiving their first dose will need to be available to return to the park on Sunday, April 25, to receive the second dose.
To schedule your appointment and see a map of the drive-through layout, visit www.donsrx.com/dickeystephens.
Maumelle Parks and Recreation is sponsoring its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Rolling Oaks Sports Complex at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 3. Visit with the Easter Bunny, collect eggs and candy, and win prizes!! For children 10 and under.
Keep an eye on the Brandon Moving and Storage parking lot. They have an ever-changing rotation of different trucks each week. I tried Smoke Beast BBQ. I wanted ribs, which they call “smoke bones” but they had sold out. Got the smoked sausage instead. They are little on the pricey side, but pretty good. This week:
Wednesday and Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., S&K Wings
Wednesday through Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Firefly 501 (next to Morningside Bagels)
Most of the trucks have their own Facebook pages. Check out their menus and specialties.
We haven’t defeated Covid. In fact, there are increases in 15 states and people are still dying. There are disturbing reports of those dealing with the debilitating long-term effects of the disease. Don’t let down your guard. Don’t buy the hype. Wear your mask in public gatherings. Keep your distance. Get your shot.
See you on the Boulevard.
More news at www.ArkansasNewsroom.com.
Neal Moore is a public relations consultant and resident of Maumelle. Send your Maumelle news or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, PJ.
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