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Ashland Daily Independent. September 24, 2021.

Editorial: Give the vaccine a real shot

How long will this continue? The COVID-19 pandemic is approaching its second anniversary. It means two years of terrible illness, two years of death, two years of separation from family and friends, two years of businesses struggling to stay afloat, two years of anxiety.

The COVID-19 pandemic is often compared to the influenza pandemic of 1917, which only lasted a year. It was similar to COVID-19 in that it was new to the human body and there was no vaccine ready for distribution.

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The 1917 pandemic killed 50 million people around the world; 675,000 of them were Americans.

The most recent tally of deaths from COVID-19 stands at 4.5 million, including 680,000 Americans. Think about it: the total number of deaths worldwide in the current pandemic is considerably lower, but deaths in America have exceeded the number of deaths during the pandemic 100 years ago.

In Kentucky, the death toll has reached at least 8,422 since the start of the pandemic, of which at least 52 were added earlier this week. Many of those recently deceased were in their thirties.

There are a few legitimate reasons for not getting the vaccine; most of the reasons given are unfounded.

• Some people think the vaccine was developed too quickly. Not true. When scientists started making the vaccine, the basic technology had already been developed, which meant scientists didn’t have to waste time reinventing the wheel.

• Some people think the vaccine is not effective because you can still get COVID-19 if you are vaccinated. Not true. Although you can contract the virus, you are almost certainly not going to die or even be seriously ill. It seems quite effective in the face of a virus never seen before.

• Some people think that the vaccine contains a tracking device. Not true. We don’t have this technology. Plus, no one cares where you’re going, unless you’re a person of interest in a police matter. Anyone who cares where you’ve been can check your phone records.

• Some people think that the vaccine damages your DNA. Not true. Again, we don’t have this technology.

• Some believe that it is their right not to be vaccinated. Not true. You have rights until they interfere with the rights of others. Those who are not vaccinated help the virus mutate into a strain that the vaccine might not be able to resist. It interferes with the rights of others.

We should be done with COVID-19 now. How long will this continue? We do not know. It’s up to you.

Frankfurt State Journal. September 23, 2021.

Editorial: Road closure between Capitol and annex is a necessary safety measure

It has been almost 16 months since an effigy of Governor Andy Beshear hung from a tree on the Capitol grounds and protesters – some of whom were armed – broke through the security signs all the way to the doorstep. Entrance to the Governor’s Residence following a Patriot Day / Second Amendment rights went awry, but the ramifications of that incident are still felt today.

“Crossing barriers, standing on the other side of the glass where I raise my children and hanging myself in effigy, it is an action intended to use fear to achieve their ends”, declared the governor. afterwards.

Earlier this week, Beshear announced that the road between the Capitol and the annex building will be closed to motor traffic in accordance with recommendations from state and local authorities. Safety bollards, which are posts used to create a protective barrier, will be installed and only pedestrian traffic will be authorized.

“It has been examined as a security concern and as a threat for being far too close to both the Capitol and the annex,” Beshear said, adding that work is expected to start soon.

The road closure follows the addition of security fencing to the perimeter of the governor’s residence last fall. The 5-foot-high black fence was selected to “maintain the integrity” of the mansion’s exterior and was funded by the Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that assists in the restoration, l ‘maintenance and preservation of buildings and places owned by the State. historical significance.

Before the fence was installed, the Governor’s Mansion – which was built 107 years ago – was the only executive mansion left in the country without a security fence.

While it’s sad to see part of the Capitol grounds closed to traffic, we understand the reasons why this needs to be done. We also appreciate that the state is proactive in protecting as much as possible those who work and reside nearby, including the governor and his family, from external threats.

Because the January 6 insurgency on the United States Capitol taught us that prevention is better than cure and that we would rather live in a world with unattractive fences and security bollards rather than suffer a breach like we saw it that day.

Daily News from Bowling Green. September 28, 2021.

Editorial: The rehabilitation of the pedestrian bridge is a necessary effort

One of Bowling Green’s most iconic spots is the College Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The site of the bridge has long been a gateway to downtown Bowling Green, with the first span across the River Barren built there in the mid-1800s. This bridge was burnt down by retreating Confederate forces in 1862. A new bridge at this location suffered a similar fate, being destroyed by fire in 1915. The current bridge is the one rebuilt that year.

Although it no longer carries vehicles, the College Street Bridge is still very busy. Along with the occasional strollers, the bridge has become a popular scenic backdrop for photographers.

While the bridge has been regularly maintained, the 106-year-old structure is in need of some work.

The City of Bowling Green Commission last week approved a $ 1.6 million grant application from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for Transportation Alternatives Program, which would be matched with the city’s $ 400,000.

For the $ 2 million, the pillars and decking would be repaired and new lighting would be installed. The biggest expense, however, would be to repaint the bridge.

“Back then, we used lead paint” to paint structures like bridges, said city public works manager Greg Meredith. There are “a ton of bridges across the country that still have lead paint,” he said.

While the lead paint on the pedestrian bridge is covered in coats of new paint, part of the $ 2 million would be used to remove all coats of paint in order to permanently solve the lead problem.

The pedestrian bridge is the iconic backdrop to an area set to undergo millions of dollars in renovations as part of a larger effort to transform the riverside into what has been called an “area. outdoor adventure ‘with many new park equipment.

We have strongly supported this effort to revitalize an underutilized area of ​​the community.

Repairing and beautifying the pedestrian bridge is a logical and necessary part of the laudable effort. This will help ensure that the bridge will remain an icon of Bowling Green for many decades to come.

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