News by Kelsey Rettke
Being moved by mass death isn’t just about numbers, or what day lost more people. It has to be about rekindling that collective consciousness that says we should all do better because we’re all “going through something hard.” We’re still learning about the tragedy of 9/11, and what we do afterward, two decades later.
It's understandable some may feel we're back to square one after this week's mandates announcements amid the current virus surge. I don't think so. Not yet. This time, we have choices before us we didn't have last year: vaccines.
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Let’s let those for whom the change of status-quo may come a little harder, take all the time they need to feel comfortable and safe again. We are not out of the woods yet. Mask-wearing despite the lifted mandates could mean a number of things:
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken away our control for 406 days. There is now something you can do about it. It has never been easier to secure a COVID-19 vaccine than right now. It's time for you to get one.
According to the DeKalb County Clerk & Recorders Office, voter turnout in DeKalb County hit 14.59%, higher than the 2019 Consolidated Election which didn’t even hit 10%. But so much lower than November’s General Election, which saw over 75% voter turnout. Where did all the voters go?
The power voters have to set the stage for the next four years of DeKalb County leadership can’t be overstated. But I think it’s often overlooked. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s the devastation that can occur when grave responsibility is placed into the hands of those ill-equipped to deal with it.
We keep hearing more vaccine is on the way, but we have yet to see the numbers locally to back that up, or even support the current eligibility demand.