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06/20/20 09:35 PM #1773    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Who are we listening to?

We should be listening to doctors first & last,

listening to medical facts during a pandemic.

Why are we praising politicians who repeat what doctors tell us?

No way politicians should silence doctors about covid-19.

Doctors have 1st amendment rights too.


06/21/20 11:58 AM #1774    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Happy Father's Day to all dads.




06/22/20 04:19 PM #1775    

Stewart Myrent

On behalf of all the Dads & Grandpas - thanks for the Father's Day wishes.

06/22/20 04:50 PM #1776    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

To the powers that be:
Speed up the testing!  
We need 10 times more testing!  
Listen to the public health officials.  
We need thoughtful management of the coronavirus.  
We must stay the course:
washing hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing.


06/23/20 09:08 PM #1777    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Peace is the presence of justice.


06/24/20 12:33 AM #1778    


Jack Edmund Bookwalter

I am still amazed at how COVID testing varies from state to state County by County. It shouldn't be that way. In Palm Springs, Riverside County Health Dept has run extensive testing for at least the last month. Testing Centers are located all over and they are free. You have to make an appointment but that's only to insure you are the only person in the waiting room. The whole procedure takes 5 minutes in and out. You can usually get an appointment the next day. Other parts of the County have drive-through testing where you don't have to leave your car at all. Just about everyone I know in Palm Springs has bern tested, some more than once. By contrast in Oregon where I will be spending the summer, no one I know has been tested. You have to have a referral by a doctor, make an often inconvenient appointment in the future, and you have to pay for it. The virus knows no borders but we are fighting the war with 50 different generals -- about the worst game plan possible to win a war

06/24/20 11:21 AM #1779    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

"Que sera, sera" - "whatever will be, will be" seems to be the attitude in America in regard to COVID-19. The denial advanced by our CIC is the coronavirus' best friend. Federal funding is being pulled from testing sites.

We all want a cure but in the meantime we have to care.  
It is no surprise that COVID-19 is spiraling out of control in America.


06/24/20 11:54 AM #1780    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Baseball is back!

teams are working to figure out how to deal with covid-19 - as covid-19 is surging and infecting our youth.


06/24/20 02:01 PM #1781    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

There are Americans fighting to protect Confederate monuments and statues.

Last night two progressive statues were torn down from their pedestals in Madison, Wisconsin.

Statues are objects... why are we clinging to replicas of white icons, Confederate or progressive?

Black people are being killed. They are not replicas. They are human beings their families and friends are not able to replace.

There are people who seem more concerned about inanimate objects - whether they be Confederate or progressive monuments and statues - than they are about human life.

The sense of superiority on either side does nothing to advance race relations in the U.S. 


06/24/20 08:23 PM #1782    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Denial is NOT a strategy.

We are living in a humanitarian tragedy.

Today is the highest single day of new covid-19 cases in the U.S.

Why are we not meeting this challenge?

It's not  hot  spots popping up needing attention,

we're facing a raging pandemic.

Is now the time for the return of professional sports?


06/26/20 10:03 AM #1783    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

"Something's not working."

The spread of covid-19 is way worse than we imagined.

We are in an unmitigated public health disaster.

Covid-19 is not being contained, it's accelerating.

How are we going to move forward?

Testing reveals cases of covid-19; there are NOT more cases because of testing.  
Testing does NOT generate cases of covid-19.

With covid-19 surging, how can we possibly have enough contact tracers to follow up to stop the spread?

We can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. Our focus should be on saving lives.

Despite our different attitudes, it is imperative that we recognize we are interconnected and part of a process with societal responsibility.

We need to extinguish the spread.


06/26/20 01:19 PM #1784    

Stewart Myrent

I don't know if what we've been doing relative to social distancing & wearing masks is having much of an effect on the Covid response, but the death rate from the Covid-19 pandemic here in the U.S., based on the latest statistics, was about 5.25%, as opposed to the 5.5% to 6.0% that we were experiencing only a month or so ago.  However, I have to say, that the 125,000+ Americans who have lost their lives to the pandemic, so far, could care less what the death rate is.  And I don't think that the 125,000+ deaths is a statistic that we can be happy with, or proud of.  I thought this pandemic was supposed to be over by April.  I'm pretty sure it's late June - almost July.  Yikes!

06/28/20 10:20 AM #1785    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Will more advertisers walk away from Facebook?

Is Facebook doing enough to enforce its own rules about reliable information?

to rid Facebook of threats and attacks on American democracy  ?  ?  ?

What are we doing to protect ourselves from disinformation?


06/29/20 09:55 AM #1786    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

the wheels are off...


EU is likely to ban U.S. travelers.

06/29/20 03:51 PM #1787    


Marvin Irving Blusteln

Good thing I live only ninety minutes from Canada.

06/29/20 07:29 PM #1788    

Stewart Myrent

Marv, I heard a couple of years ago that the #1 question asked on Google, was, "How do I move to Canada?"  It takes me about 6 hrs. to get to the U.P. of MI, going thru WI, so Canada can not be that much further.

06/30/20 12:57 AM #1789    


Jack Edmund Bookwalter

Don't think I haven't thought of that, Marv. You are 90 minutes away from Canada. I am 3+ hours (Portland). So don't think I haven't thought of it. But the big question is: Would they even take us take us??? 😞.

06/30/20 11:33 AM #1790    


Marvin Irving Blusteln

Jack it's simple.  Go for a vacation and don't leave.  Canada must have illegals as we do.  As long as you have sufficient income to live on,  shouldn't be to hard to stay off the grid.

02/09/21 02:51 PM #1791    


Scott Mermel

Welcome Back to the Message Forum -- Looking forward to seeing your posts!

02/10/21 11:48 AM #1792    


Ronald I. Zager


Glad to be back.

In the first six months of 2020 there were about 260 postings on this forum under our "good behavior" rules before being terminated at the end of June.  Janis Kliphardt had over half of them at 51%  ,Stewart Myrent slightly over 15%, Jack Bookwalter nearly 7%, Paul Hain about 4%, and 13 other classmates combined  accounted for less than one-fourth of the total.

My favorites were from Donald Kuehn, Holly Semiloff, and David Bantz.  How about the rest of you--what kinds of posts would you like to see now and from whom?

I'll get things started--I finally became a grandparent last fall with the birth of Sonia in Portland ME.  Go to Facebook if you'd like to see her phote (spoiler alert--she's adorable!)  And I continue in my 15th year of substitute teaching at Webster Groves High School, averaging about ten days per month in the classroom.

Hope you are staying healthy and getting your vaccinations!  I'm still waiting (Missouri is 49th of 50 in getting its residents vaccinated).

Spring training starts next week--go Cards!  :-)


02/11/21 11:50 AM #1793    


Scott Mermel

Ron (others I hope):

Thanks for joining in.  I received my second Pfizer dose yesterday.  Aside from a sore arm and some incredible fatigue, I'm doing OK so far.  I'm looking forward to being able to actually be with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in a couple of weeks.  This has really been a terrible year for all of us, who really don't have years to give up!!!  I'm hopeful that by summer, we'll be much more back to normal.  It's time!  Completely retired now, and cancelled our winter trips to Palm Springs and Scottsdale due to the virus, so bored would describe me.   Hope others have some more fun things to post.  Hope everyone stays well.

02/11/21 07:52 PM #1794    


April Mau (Richardson)

Hi all. I want to thank Larry for  starting this conversation and Scott for making it happen!  I began covid in fla and was unable to get home til mid June when my son rented a car, drove down here and we drove home in my car. It actually was a great trip - we drove the same amount of miles in 2 days that used to take Rick and I three days! I  just kept my head in my book so I didn’t see how fast the landscape was flying by!  I had actually moved from Arlington Hts to Elmhurst (in order to  be near my daughter and her family) in Feb last year and the boxes were all patiently waiting for me to unpack when  I got  back in June. My new neighbors all liked to gather on driveways so I met everyone very quickly  during the summer than I would have otherwise!  The only positive thing about covid I can think of!  I  finally returned to Fla in mid January ( trying to avoid Xmas stragglers) and am now signed up in two counties for the vaccine (my county here is actually a lottery system - really?? ) and will try next week on the local grocery/pharm chain that is now scheduling appts here,  The people I see in my area here are rule followers different than what I have heard about Fla in general.  So most of my my covid time has been spent in warmer weather (except for Nov. and Dec) and  being  able to  be outside and see friends has been such a gift. I am one of the lucky ones and have not lost a family member or close friend to the disease. My heart goes out to any of you who have experienced otherwise.  I am  hoping that, like Scott, many of you have been able to take this first step toward normalcy with the first dose. Adjusting to covid was especially difficult for me because i had lost my husband of 47 years 6 months earlier and was trying to adjust to losing a life partner at the same time.  We’ve probably all got stories to share...would  love to hear them! 

02/12/21 07:46 PM #1795    

Theodore John Forsberg

So happy that the forum is back. Great to here from lucky April suffering from a winter in Florida while most of her classmates are freezing or digging out driveways. And good to hear from Ron and the adventure of still teaching, I would feel sorry for him if he had us as students. We could end his substitute days quickly. LOL

02/12/21 08:35 PM #1796    


Paul Richard Hain


Welcome back, everyone!  When Ron mentioned teaching 15 years post retirement at Webster Grove High School, I was reminded of a CBS television production by Charles Karault.  He told an interesting report about the Webster Grove students, their interactions with each other and teachers and staff back in 1966-67.

 I was in junior block at the time of the broadcast, studying a curriculum focusing on what we now call middle school and high school.  My instructor used Karault's report to teach us many things, especially the social dynamics we would face as new teachers.  We weren't ready to test our wings, yet.  We observed in the local high school and practiced lessons in a limited way.  Ron's mention of WGHS instantly brought back those days in the classroom.  It is a school with a famous past.  I'll bet Ron contributed to its fame. 🙂

Dee (my wife) and I got the first shot of the Moderna vaccine today.  No reaction whatsoever.  We got it at Walgreens in our little town.  Second dose scheduled in a month from now.  

I am still working as the supervisor of Richmond Township, Illinois.  Elections are in April for another four year term. I agreed to run again, but may not finish the full term.  No, I'm not planning on dying, I just think there is a time to turn the reins over to younger people.  I work with people in need of food, shelter and clothes.  This is a brutal time of year.  Lots of people in need.  My small staff operates a senior transportation program that has been shut down since last March because of COVID.  After fifty years of service, the three members of the Richmond Township cemetery board resigned last May.  Nobody (least of all me!) knew anything about running four cemeteries.  I appointed two other trustees to help.  The oldest grave is 1791.  We had to learn to survey, sell graves, mark locations and seek help to repair a massive mausoleum that is 117 years old, solid granite and falling apart!  I don't mean to creep any of you out telling cemetery stories.  All I can say is that after 8 months of dealing with this, I have lost any fears, aversion, dislike of the subject whatsoever.  My goal now is to maintain the ancient histories and dignity of these sacred grounds that pre-date when Illinois became a state.  Homesteaders worked the rich prairie, made roads and tiny villages with burial grounds.  Now, they're  entrusted to us to operate and maintain.

Richmond Township is a beautiful 36 square miles of two smallish villages that are nestled in mostly farmland and conservation district.  You can park along a township road and watch the colors change over the prairiescape as the sun goes down.  Even now, the glow of warmth from the setting sun suggests spring will soon be here.  Year round we have chickadees, finches and bright red cardinals by the hundreds that happily eat and sing on the feeder, even in all this cold.  Peace, everyone.




02/13/21 12:38 PM #1797    


Paul Richard Hain

Dear April,

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I hope your life going forward will be rewarding and filled with happiness. 

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