Each year when Independence Day rolls around, I pause and reflect on where our country is, how far it has come so quickly in 245 years, which in world history terms is not very long, and we see that there is still progress to be made.
Perhaps winter literally is not coming to us, but an economic winter is a possibility if our supply chain systems don’t even out. This includes labor supply, raw materials, food supply and other essentials to the economy. It impacts everyone by showing up as inflation.
For many, internet access has been part of their entertainment and connectivity package but in the age of COVID-19, and even before that, we have realized the importance of solid connectivity needs, especially in the rural areas of Texas.
As the new year begins, there is always an awareness of schools beginning a new semester, but we are also reminded of the eventuality of school being out for spring break and then recessed for the summer.
Congress finally passed a next Covid relief bill that will help individuals and small businesses withstand the economic pressure brought on by Covid. But while the bill will offer relief, it is ridiculous that it took months to get the much-needed legislation.
The election – at least the voting part of it – is behind us by several weeks, and states now have several additional weeks to get their election results certified in preparation for the Electoral College vote in December.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it appears that Texans are learning to cope with new distancing practices and have really adjusted habits, especially in the case of restaurants and other indoor gathering places.
Urban protests and violent demonstrations continue across the land. Police departments are facing unyielding pressure to make sure there is not even a hint of abuse. It is a challenge that will be with us for the foreseeable future.
I used to hear the casual prediction that trends start on the west coast and make their way to Texas. But I am not sure there is much on the west coast outside of a few pockets that have milder weather that are needed in Texas.
Texas begins to re-open as the US moves past the one million mark for confirmed infections of COVID-19 and moves past the 60,000 mark for deaths connected to the virus. We are re-opening, which is good – but still, take a breath.