Facts are facts
Meditate. And definitely choose love. But, facts are facts and we should listen to people who are trained, studied and have spent their lives researching – in this case – viruses. As the saying goes: Would you have the plumber perform your next colonoscopy?
Vaccines are one of the most effective and safe medical interventions we have. Devastating diseases like polio and smallpox have been essentially eliminated.
COVID-19 is new and we are still learning about how to combat it. An effective and safe vaccine is not yet available. The only proven way to stop disease spread is to wear masks (get a clear one if you want people to see your face), social distance and wash hands and surfaces.
Don’t be responsible for making someone else sick. Wear the mask correctly, over your nose, to protect your community and show you care. Don’t whine about it. Plenty of professionals – like doctors – have to wear them all the time for their work.
We have already lost too many friends and family.
Lori Tausta, PhDGo Joe
Our country is in crisis. One throusand Americans are dying from COVID every day, unemployment is near an all-time high, and there is growing racial, political and economic divisiveness that threatens the very democracy we all value so highly.
How does an institution escape crisis? The answer is clear: strong, effective leadership. In the upcoming election there is a candidate who has spent 50 years in government addressing crisis after crisis: Joe Biden.
And Joe has a strong running mate who will help move the country forward. As a former prosecutor and state’s attorney general, Kamala Harris is a strong advocate who supports justice, for all.
Matt TaberDo your part
During President John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration speech on Jan. 20, 1961 he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — Ask what you can do for your country.”
A way you could help your country is to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
It is easy to become a registered voter, and there are several ways to become one. If you just turned 18 or moved to a new town you could become one by going down to your Registrar of Voters office. The last day to register to vote both in-person and online is Oct. 27.
All towns in Connecticut will be holding in-person voter registration at their town halls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 27. Also, you can register to vote online at voterregistration.ct.gov. You can register at the Department of Motor Vehicles, as well.
In Connecticut, there is Election Day voter registration, where people can register if they meet certain eligibility requirements.
Please register to vote. And most importantly, vote on Nov. 3.
Frank LoGiudiceA lovely invitation
Beginning in March and continuing through months of living under the clouds of COVID, one local staple of enjoyment for us has been gardening at the Gastler Farm. This four-generation, 35-acre family farm extends across the rise above the 1830 homestead at 159 Middlefield Road in Durham.
As volunteer planters, cultivators, weeders and reapers, we enjoy spending several hours each week working the soil, caring for the perennials and nurturing the vegetables, while learning about organic horticultural farming from owner Tim Gastler.
Each half-day spent on the farm offers a feast for the eyes in every direction – groves of exotic trees, substantial brownstone garden walls and a host of ever-changing flowering plants.
When we stand on the hillside above “our” acre of plantings, we take in the view of the hills and valleys of Middlefield and beyond extending for miles beneath the sky. And we marvel at the tranquility of it all.
Tim Gastler and his daughter Leah have also made a choice – to share their gardens with others in the community, who, like us, may have a genuine interest in taking a small but active part in helping to keep the gardens growing on this beautiful land. Surplus potatoes, onions, squashes and tomatoes are donated to Amazing Grace Food Pantry or Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Middletown.
On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, the Gastlers will welcome members of the community to enjoy the grounds, bring a picnic or snack, and listen to live acoustic bluegrass and blues. BluesGrass will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 18.
It’s a lovely invitation to an even lovelier place.