Mon. Jun 14th, 2021

Life during the pandemic, social unrest, and partisan politics of 2020 has not been a picnic for the majority of people across the world and here in the states. We face social injustices, global warming, and fires, the politicization of the pandemic, and related topics. During this time we also have had to face that a good portion of the news we get is more opinion, conjecture than fact. Be it from left, right, conspiracy theorists, or social media. So much misinformation mixed in with facts and unrelated data to cause division and confusion.

It has been a crazy year so far and unfortunately, it just keeps getting worse. We have seen everything from peaceful protests, rioters, and looters that unfortunately used lawful protests as a cover to vandalize and steal, which only hurts the protests and the cause for social equality and justice. To add to the mess we have politicians trying to keep the focus on the few who were not peaceful protesters in order to keep their party in power in the upcoming election. The majority of the protesters were and are peaceful and have good reason to protest. The fact those politicians keep focusing on the rioters over the peaceful protesters along with ignoring the actual issues being protested to attack their political rivals for their political position is bad and will hurt them in the end I believe.

It was bad enough having a President that fueled the anti masker movement on top of spouting out ridiculous ideas for COVID-19 cures such as bleach or unproven therapeutics without scientific data to back up their efficacy or safety, we have a do-nothing congress when it comes to a relief package for the people in need. Though there is a small twinkle of hope on the horizon when it comes to a coronavirus relief package, they still argue over the price tag and some small details. One can only hope they will get their act together and do something for the people who they were elected to serve.

We as a nation still have a long way to go when it comes to being a country without social and economic inequality. Until we can get beyond the rhetoric of both political parties and find a sure path through these trying times

I realize times are kinda hard at the moment and many people have lost faith in the government, news media, and even in one another, we are a creative, innovative, and very durable species/society and I do believe we will come out on the other side of this dark time we are living through better than we went into it. Change is a lot like childbirth, it is painful and messy, but the end result is wonderful. We need to come together, learn to forgive, and move forward together with our sights on a world that is more just and based on equality.

Live life honorably, with respect for one another and full of compassion my friends.

Dovestar Press Contibitor
Raymond Barbier

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