Moore on Maumelle: My Take

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January 20, 2021 brings a song to mind: 

“I can see clearly now; the rain is gone …”

Twenty-five thousand troops were deployed to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden and his vice president, the first female and first female person of color, Kamala Harris. Sadly, the actions of the insurrectionists of Jan. 6 made it imperative to protect the Capitol and those duly elected to office. 

But it’s time to move forward. 

Will they make America better? I think so, but it will take time to unravel the mess of the past four years. Hopefully, unlike the last administration, they will focus mightily on the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. Life as we know it is dependent on preventing the spread of the virus. 

I was encouraged that among his first actions in office will be to stop building that stupid border wall and to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization. 

I don’t envy the tasks that lie ahead for the Biden administration but it’s time to get back to “by the people and for the people.” 

One more: “It's a new dawn, It's a new day…”

P.S. You can take your Trump flags down now. He has left the building. 

Foodie Notes 

We gave the Firefly 501 Burger food truck a try recently and we weren’t disappointed. We tried the Firefly Burger and the Philly Cheese Steak, and both were excellent and abundant. They were served with good, crispy french fries and what appeared to be homemade onion rings. I plan to try their entire menu featuring a lot of burger variations. Check out their Facebook page, They are open Wednesday-Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and located next to Morning Side Bagels on the Boulevard. 

Kosuke Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi announced that they have reopened after a short closure. Check their Facebook page for updates. 

The Shocking Truth About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Last week’s social studies lessons (conducted virtually at home) with my third grader focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We watched a video, read a short bio, did a crossword puzzle, developed a timeline of his life and, most importantly, read accounts of his fight for civil rights, his “I Have a Dream” speech and his murder in Memphis. 

As my 8-year-old and I went through each of the assignments, my student was astonished that all of the information was actually true. She was in disbelief that Black and white students couldn’t go to school together. She was astounded that Blacks and whites did not have equal rights. She was horrified that King’s and his brother’s homes were bombed because they were marching for equal rights. And she was downright mystified why anyone would want to kill him because of what he believed. 

I was so proud of her for being surprised. We should remain surprised. 

Gimme My Damn Shot!

As it stands, I am on the list to receive the vaccine in early April when they start administering the vaccine to those 65 years or older. I guess I’ll have to wait, but I’m impatient. The virus has now directly hit my family with two members having had the virus. One was very sick and the other seems milder. So, in a sense, we are fortunate. 

Teachers and those 70-plus are now on the list of those receiving the vaccine. I’ll be standing in line shouting, “Gimme my damn shot!” Others will shout back: “Shut up, crazy old man.” 

True enough. 

Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.
We are bound together by the task that stands before us and the road that lies ahead.
We are bound and we are bound.

“Shed a Little Light” -- James Taylor

Don’t be numb. Don’t be dumb. Wear your mask and keep your distance. 

See you on the Boulevard. 

Neal Moore is a public relations consultant and resident of Maumelle. Send your Maumelle news or comments to Thanks, PJ.