Tonight we consider two plagues confronting that Kansas City metro that are being politely ignored if all of the crowds of local Christmas merrymakers are any indication.
And so we ask . . .
HOW LONG IS KANSAS CITY GOING TO IGNORE THE REALITY OF WORSENING COVID AND HOMICIDE NUMBERS?!?!
On the topic of the murder count . . . We notice that a fight over the police budget inspires far more interest from our elected leaders than so many murders that keep trending upward over time.
Sadly, an upcoming tribute to mark the death count is going mostly unmentioned . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This is the time of year when most churches put up trees and decorations, ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ. It's a very different scene outside Wornall Baptist Church in Brookside. Instead of sparkling halls decked with greenery or sharing tidings of joy, a shocking sight greets people driving by the church.
Perspective . . .
Local news hasn't mentioned it yet but right now Kansas City could confront the worst month for murders in recorded history if holiday season killing claims the life of a little more than a half dozen people before the end of the year.
Meanwhile . . .
There's no denying that the COVID news is horrible and getting worse, here's a sample . . .
President Joe Biden will deliver a speech on Tuesday addressing the omicron variant, where he will unveil new steps the administration is taking to help communities in need of assistance, a White House official told NBC News on Saturday.
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 cases in New York have climbed even higher, nearing 22,000 in a single day, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday. Positive test results from Friday showed 21,908 COVID-19 infections, up from the previous day's number of 21,027, a record, Hochul said.
Outside the world inhabited by the professional classes in a handful of major metropolitan areas, many Americans are leading their lives as if COVID is over. About the author: Matthew Walther is editor of The Lamp, a Catholic literary journal, and a contributing editor at the American Conservative.
Biden administration moves ahead with employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as states appeal to the Supreme Court
The Biden administration on Saturday said it will permit slight delays in the implementation of an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that will place coronavirus vaccine and testing mandates on 84 million American workers. The ETS, first issued last month, requires all companies with 100 employees or more to enforce vaccine requirements to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Editor Daily Rundown: COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches Record High Under Biden And Poll Finds Americans 'Worn Out' By Lockdowns
Politics (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) COVID DEATH TOLL REACHES RECORD HEIGHTS UNDER BIDEN... CHINA EVADES SCRUTINY... REPORTER: "800,000 coronavirus deaths - do you have a statement on your responsibility? And why haven't you asked China to do more, to be transparent on the origins?" BIDEN: *smiles, walks away*
Still we don't see much urgency on local streets and so tonight we listen to these tunes and hope that blissful ignorance is a reliable strategy given that it doesn't really work as a coping mechanism . . .
A tune for those who want to debate the science . . .
A rhythmic question to health professionals . . .
Old school favorite tune about the tragic reality of mortality . . .
This anti-war classic still resonates amid rising violence during the pandemic . . .
An uplifting soul tune features one of my favorite lines about air pollution, coughing and personal responsibility . . .
Brit pop takes all this doom & gloom just a bit too personally . . .
Even in time of plauge, all the world is a stage . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week. Have a safe & fun Saturday night.