Are we still talking about masks and vaccine? Of course, we are. Because people are still getting sick and dying. Since the pandemic started, I’ve had two sons and a 2-year-old grandbuddy test positive for the virus. All are doing OK now, but it was enough to make you worry. Try to explain to a 2-year-old why his sense of taste has disappeared.
I vaguely remember being carted off to a local church when I was a kid to get my polio vaccine. No questions asked — my mom just did it. She was a nurse, and my dad was a pharmacist, and they trusted the science. It seems now we are going to bribe people to get a vaccine that has been proven to be safe and effective.
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There have been countless other vaccinations for me, my kids and my grandbuddies. Somehow, we survived them all and, miraculously, we didn’t get any of the diseases.
My wife and I are vaccinated against Covid. My daughter and two grandbuddies are vaccinated. I don’t fear the science. I embrace it.
The State of Arkansas plans on spending $8 million to promote the vaccine and an additional $2.5 million to provide incentives such as lottery tickets and game and fish gift certificates. Of course, it’s federal money, which means that you and I are paying for it.
An astounding $10 million to bribe Arkansans to do what they should do anyway? Couldn’t we just hand out hundred-dollar bills to each person who gets vaccinated?
Governor Hutch says Arkansans “know what to do” when he lifted all emergency measures. So, we’re all on the honor system to wear a mask if we are not vaccinated. Right now, Arkansas stands at a little over 30 per cent fully vaccinated and about 40 per cent with one shot. So, I shall continue wearing a mask in public to protect myself from the 60 to 70 percent of you who refuse to do the right thing.
Why we equate wearing masks with a loss of freedom escapes me. Wearing a mask and —especially — getting the vaccine is your ticket to freedom.
You know what to do.
Mayor Caleb Norris has agreed to participate in an ongoing feature called “Ask the Mayor.” Every month or so, I’ll submit a list of questions to the mayor and he’ll supply the answers. If you have a question you’d like the mayor to answer, shoot it to me at email@example.com. Insulting or inappropriate questions won’t be considered, so keep it civil.
We have a new pizza joint opening soon called the Pizza House, in the space formerly occupied by Pasta House. Rumor is that it is a locally owned restaurant and will open in mid-June. In no particular order, the new place will make 11 area restaurants that either feature or serve the popular pies.
The Pizza House
Send me an email with your top three and I will publish the winners. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, Captain Express Hawaiian BBQ & Sushi? Evidently, they are going to transition into Hokaben Japanese Kitchen. Their new Facebook page announced, “A New Taste is Coming to Your Town.” Don’t know any details, but they do have a banner on their door saying that something is “Open Soon.” They are located at 15 Carnahan Dr. in their former space, which was Domino’s Pizza. Their Facebook page is titled “Hokaben Us.”
My favorite Saturday morning breakfast is available again! Bobby’s Café on MacArthur Drive is now serving Saturday breakfast again. They serve 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; breakfast is served or until they run out. They are also my go-to for catfish. Check out their Facebook page. If you’re watching your calories, it’s not your place.
The most annoying commercials on TV have to be local car dealers. My favorite line in a recent commercial says they will “treat you like family.” I don’t want to be treated like family. I want to be treated like a customer. Note to dealership in Heber Springs: grown men shouldn’t wear shorts on television.
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” -- Mark Twain
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Neal Moore is a public relations consultant and resident of Maumelle. Send your Maumelle news or comments to email@example.com. Thanks, PJ