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Episode · 2 years ago

Holiday Distancing Mandates

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We disccuss enforcement of the mask and distancing mandate and will there be fire works for New Years? Patti has an interesting suggestion.

Marginalized groups can be the target of negative beliefs, behaviors or judgments from others. On this show we seek out marginalized voices and perspectives and tackle some of the conflicts and issues these groups face. Now is the time to have your voice heard. This is inside the margins with your host, Matt Wilson. Hello and welcome to another edition of inside the margins. I am your host, Matt Wilson, and I know everyone's probably tired of hearing about covid everyone's kind of exhausted, but it's still here. We are going into the holiday season and we have to make sure that we are ready and doing what we can to stop the spread of Covid even though we have vaccines in the horizon. We'll talk about all that stuff more in detail, but before we do that I want to bring in someone who never can spread enough love here on the show. It is my friend patty singers, the minor reporter. Hello, Patty, how are you today, as you have the rocky theme right now be running in. How are you patty today? US? Dandy. Yes, Dandy. So actually, you know, things look at. I'm fortunate in my life. I know that there are a lot of frustrations that I have that other people also were sharing. The frustrations I have are not mine alone. There are lots of other people's. I understand that, but it can still be it's wearying. Yeah, very long year it's gone. It seems have gone by very quickly. Hard to believe we're coming up this is Thanksgiving week. I know, I believe that, but at the same time it has been an exhausting eleven months, absolutely, three and a half weeks and however many days and minutes, and I'm sure people are counting the seconds. So it has been. It's been a challenge and very many ways for an awful lot of people. Absolutely, and we're you're right, we're in that home stretch, Patty, but I know we still have to be diligent in the things that we're doing to make sure we're all safe and also I know there's things happening out in the world and Rochester. So I'll give it to you to tell us what's going on. All Right, here we are. So with a lot of people struggling, the city has some programs that are designed to help seniors and restaurants through through the winter. The city is bringing back the senior meals program which helps seniors who can't get out what transportation problems, and also helps restaurants. The restaurants offer free delivery for these meals. Also, the city is trying to boost restaurants. As the pandemic stretches into winter, the city is launching flower city winter sidewalks, which will help eateries offer heated outdoor dining. Excitement over a potential covid nineteen vaccine and dismay over the increase in cases, when Roe County reported more new cases of Covid nineteen in three days earlier this month than it did for the entire month of September. Amazon and innovation. What will they mean for equity and jobs to recent announcement about jobs to the Rochester region have led to the same question of how will efforts to achieve ratio and social equity benefit from the potential economic development that we're seeing in Greece and soon in gates? Learning pods at local libraries are providing help to parents. The Rock city learning pods was launched for Rochester Children Ages four to twelve. They will be supervised by experience, teaching assistance and parent professionals who are supporting distance learning. As a result of the pandemic, African asylum seekers face shameful treatment as they come to the US. And other national news. President elect Biden calls for healing as trump tries to block the transition. More covid news. Diversity remains crucial to success of a covid of covid nineteen vaccine trials worldwide. Test of vaccines are underway. Tens of thousands of participants are needed. What you know about? But Rochester has several studies in the works and Rochester critical research is conducting eight trials. The city plans to make it easier for residents to be green. The city is committing to buying electricity through renewable sources and is holding virtual public hearings to explain what that means for residents. And a douglass returns to the families. First Rochester home covid nineteen worson's worsen's debt collector harassment. So in opinion. Mark Moriale writes, the National Urban League offers the Biden Harris Administration and agenda for...

...racial and Economic Justice, and George Pain writes about responsibility after trump mets. Thank you so much, Patty and, as always, you can check out the full versions of the headline news that you just heard, including, by the way, the stories that Patty broke in regards through those jobs coming to gates and Greece. The full versions of all those stories you can find on the minority reporter Dotnet, and also you will have the option to subscribe to the minority reporter on the side as well. Supporting local journalism in times like this are definitely important. They need your support and you need to get the information that they provide you. So go ahead and take advantage of that option and subscribe to the minor reporter right there on the site. And also we always ask for feedback, so if you have any comments, questions or suggestions for show ideas in the future, you can send an email to editor at minority reporter dot on that as well, and also on our site at inside the margins radiocom you can also catch past episodes, including the one again that Patty talked about in regards to the jobs in gates in Greece, the whole Amazon thing. We did an episode about that. If you want to listen to any of those episodes, including that one, go to inside the margins, radiocom and the show was also available on Iheartcom and wherever you get your podcast. All right, Patty and I are going to discuss more covid talk and getting yourself prepared for the holidays and what you should do to make sure everyone is safe in your family. So we'll talk about that in more right here on inside the margins. Don't go anywhere. Okay, welcome back to inside the margins. I'm here with Patty and we are, as Patty discussed before we got into our headline news. The year is beginning to come to a close. Covid numbers are increasing at astounding rates right now, and there are vaccines on the horizon, but still, it's definitely a time for people to be concerned because we are seeing numbers that we haven't seen since the pandemic began. So, Patty, what's the what's the vibe out there about as far as people taking their mask off or wearing their masks? are still doing what they can do to keep themselves and everyone's safe out there. Well, the health experts and in Monroe County, the county executive, Annabella, is still saying we're a mask, stay six feet apart. Frequent handwashing, the things that they've been saying really since March. They they have pointed to the increase in Monroe County, to increase number of cases in Monroe County, to people who are gathering indoors, not wearing masks and getting closer than they then they should be. So Thursday's coming up. You know what, what do you do? They've been so I've seen stories that people are still going to have gathering to me and I was. I was invited to a gathering of somebody that I've been friends with for several months but haven't been in each other's homes much, and was invited there with that person, one of the person. They'd be two other people. None of these people I know right. And so so you know what, even if I even if I didn't have other plans, I would say no, thank you. You know, I'm all set. I said I'm all set. Person didn't believe me. I'm all set, but that, I mean, that's a good thing. Where people want to be hospitable, you want to bring in people who would otherwise be alone that day. Yeah, and it because that's what you do for your friends. You want to have your friends around you. It's difficult that you. I'm going to go to one of the person's home. We have been in each other's home over the past few weeks and months been together. That person has had numerous other family in her house recently, but she will be cleaning and doing all of that. So it'll be two, perhaps three people. So in that I feel comfortable. If there's a third person, if we're not eating, will we wear masks? My could. My question about vaccines, though, is this if, in when a vaccine becomes widely enough, distribute it. Right, so it's not just healthcare workers, not just one right, right, regular beads. You, it's you, and you and me, Matt. We can stand in life. That's right. We're regular people, right. If and when it becomes why we have distributed, will people take that as a sign that they don't need their mask anymore? Well, people just rip off. Okay, I got a vaccine. Now there goes the mask. So I'm not great with math and not great with statistics, but there were and I don't know if this is calculous or not, but in the Algebra I took you can only solve for one variable...

...at a time. Yeah, so if you have a vaccine. That's a variable, right. Is that working? If you take off your mask, does that become a second variable? So Do we know family vaccine? Every takes off their masks? Should we do that? Because do we know if the vaccine works enough? But if you have the vaccine and it really leaves their mask on, you giving the vaccine a chance to work, because you're already stopping the spread of the disease. Somebody smarter than I am is going to know the answer sites because my job is just ask correct my job, but it's not to come up with the answers, to ask the questions. Somebody out there maybe say that's a ridiculous question. I don't know if it is or it isn't. How many variables are we controlling for at once here? Yeah, I don't think it's a ridiculous question at all because a couple of things going to both the points that you made. Number One, just because I'm vaccinated does not mean that I can't spread it to somebody else anyway. So we gots. We still start right there. What have what if not everyone has gotten vaccinated or they still have not chosen to or still going through the system where people are still trying to and I'm let's say you and I get in line, when we're on the first and only tenzero people get vaccinated out of the millions of people that are country. So Great. I'm vaccinated, so I may not get sick or from it, but I still maybe, you know, on my hands or whatever, I may still be able to spread to other people. So that's one variable. And you're right, we don't really know how long it needs to be in your system for it to be fully functional, for it to be actually working enough to make sure that you keep you safe from the virus. So just because you got the shot doesn't mean you can immediately fling that mask off and say you're home free. You still is still may take weeks, maybe even months, for it to go through your system properly where you are completely well. It's still as ninety five percent. It's never we're going to be completely full proof, but it'll keep you at a rate where you're you're mostly safe. So I think you're right. We have to see how it works first with people actually getting the vaccine. I know that there's been trials, but you know, there's this it's not been put out to mass population yet and there's a difference between in house clinical trials and putting it out to the mass, the masses. The other thing too, is that I think at least one of the vaccines is a two dose regiment. So you get one of those and then you come back, I think it's twenty eight days to get the second one. I'm not sure if they are all multi dose regiments. So that being the case, you could get the first dose you you're only somewhat protected right you know, it's like lots of vaccines are multiple doses, I think, for I think the shingles vaccine for people fifty and older is is multiple doses. Which is the one that you get? The hepatitis kept a think be think is is also. I think that's a multi dose regiment. So it's not. I mean multi dose regiments are not unheard of. I think Gardisil is all cose. I believe in over the years it may have shrunk from more doses to fewer over the years with that. So just getting one shot, he's getting one of the doses may not protect you. You may have to get both in order to really have it working. So I don't think we're at the end of masks for quite a while, but I would hate to see people think that all that again. We hear that phrase, that folk sense of security. All, I got vaccinated and I don't need all this other stuff. I don't know. I haven't heard that, heard that discussion yet from the health experts, but maybe I've been listening in a long places right. And I'll set to your point or what you were talking earlier about the gatherings. Even if we get the vaccine, the rumor is the again, these are just rumors. I don't know the actual effects of this stuff. That the vaccines probably won't be available until probably January. So you still have to get through the holiday season before the the vaccines are going to be ready for distribution, meaning and used to be. Make you make up of point. The Holly's is tough because people do this is when you want to help each other or be around people the most, is during these kind of how day times and because traveling is banned, not band but as very much look down upon right now by the CDC. So they're telling you not to travel, not to go far, stay home. So you know people like myself, and I'm sure you as well, who have family across the country. You're not able to have those who will come to you or you're not you're not able to go out there. So in order to fill that void, a lot of us seek the companionship of our friends. As you discussed before, friends sort of fill that void. They will invite you over, so you can have like a friends giving almost. But we're at that that point where you can only have ten people. So it's it is hard when you get the invitation, which I also have gotten a few, to...

...say I want to and I appreciate the offer and the hospitality that that you are putting forth, but I never really been in your house and I don't know the people are going to be there. I know maybe a couple of people are going to be there. So this is we're exposing ourselves to a lot here. So you know, I'm probably going to have a very low key immediate family, just myself and my wife and my children. That's pretty much going to be it for us this year. Unfortunately, we were going to do my mother, but she unfortunately her herself, so she's kind of out of the picture. But it's hard. It's hard to not because I'm I have some very close friends and it's hard to not have them in the picture during a time when you know that they're also kind of in the position where they're not seeing a lot of their friends and family for the holidays. You know, I think back to what I've heard the governor of Rhode Island say many, many months ago when at one point she was limiting to you know, this is back in the spring and when I was planning my first trip back there then. I forget how many times we tried this, but lst count. But Anyway, in listening to her and saying, you know, women in gatherings to fifteen people, which she said, it's got to be the same fifteen people. Don't go with fifteen people on Monday night another fifty people on Tuesday night, day night. Oh Yeah, you're living the fifteen people, but no, you're not. In a sense. So so to limit your gatherings no more than ten people. These shouldn't be ten strangers, they should be the ten people that you have hung out with the whole time. Right and SAP. We make a new friends now and a sense in inviting them all. It's a maximum of ten people and they should be the people that you are your family, right immediate circle, the people that you're already with on a regular basis. So the other thing we'll talk about is enforcements, because, yeah, that's good. Every time, every time the governor talks about limiting the number of gatherings, he talks about how local jurisdictions have to do more. So every time he says that, all the local reporters ask Conny Executive Adam Bellow and and County Health Commissioner Michael Mendos, we're doing enforcement, and every time they try not to look incredibly exasperated. We ask this because the governor's always saying it's up to the local jurisdictions. Or you're on the locals jurisdiction. What are you new about it? And it you know they're not going to send out the house police to count the cars in the driveway. Right. It's sort of like but, but here's my take on this, and this is mine. Only all the time when we hear we hear the saying if you see something, saying something, yes, right, we terrorism in all this other stuff. I'm not very stoppers all that stuff. Right, right, hang with me for a second here. You see something, say something, so I guess what I would like local law enforcement to do. I don't want them coming to knock on every door, that they see a lot of cars in the driveway, because those people could all live there. Right. Know that. Have no idea, but twenty people in a park, put their mask on, go up, pull a bunch of mass out of the back of the car and go hey, you know, you're getting close to the limits of outdoor gatherings here. I see people who want or a masks. Please take these. If law enforcement see something, I want them, at a from a public health stamp point, to say something and do something, not arrest people. Have the mask. Here you go, just distributing, just to reminder. Minimize your groups, try to keep more of a distance. We're just trying to all get through this with as minimal must or minimal must or fuss as possible. See something, law enforcement, say something, don't but don't go looking. But you don't looking for it right, it's right in front of you. Please take this. And because bell and mendows or wh we want it, we want education. We're looking, we're trying to educate people. Well, there's your teachable moment. Yep, I'm a hungry pre something on board a lead hunger, something I'm bord on that. I remember when I used to I used to be a bouncer at the way back of the day, when I used to be a bouncer at the at the bars, and you would see someone, you know who maybe as had too much to drink and they're trying to they're walking towards their car or they're trying to order of the beverage. I wouldn't call the police, I would just, you know, Heyy, let me call you a cab, you know, let me, let me, let me get your home safely. I don't think you should be driving. I you know, and and that's kind of where I'm at with you. I'm a hundred percent on board with you said. You don't need to be the COP that's knock on the door saying, Hey, I see there's fifteen people. You're under arrest, you know, because that's I even I think that's that's probably a little outside of the realm of reality. But you can be that the officer to say hey, listen, I'm just I'm just here to try to try to keep everyone safe. I don't want I don't want any I don't want anyone to get in trouble, but I also don't want to want to be sick. So here's some masks. You should...

...probably distance a little bit more. You guys are kind of getting close to that number. You might want to spread out, you know, or you know, have some people go home. But I just want to just just for your own safety, I'm putting this out there. I think that's excellent point, because that way you're still helping your soul, you're still trying to help people do the right thing. You're kind of been forcing the guidelines, but you're not you're not looking like a jerk either or where you're arresting civilians for just having people at their house or sitting in a park. So you're walking that fine line where you're helpful but you're not going you're not crossing that line. I think that's as that's a perfect suggestion. Well So, couple times I've brought up in these news conferences the the analogy of quicker ticket and a speech trap. So if you think about it, you could make the argument that both of those are for public health right, because you don't want any graded drivers on the road. That's right. Public Health Right. You don't want speeders for the same reason, that can potentially be a public health accident type of right, right, yeah, exactly. So again, in the privacy of your own home, do whatever you know, do whatever you want, and put that in quotes in a sense. But out in public, if we have these public health initiatives or we're stopping speeders and we're stopping people who don't have seat belts, why can't we go up to a group of a large group and say hey, we're going to pandemic, we have an emergency order in the city. We're talking about in the county, we're talking and state. We're talking about not having large numbers of people. Here's some mask. Can you just kind of spread this out a little bit, because one of the things that that bellow had said he said that this is a this is from from the article and bellows talking about. He said police are not going to count cars in a driveway and knock on the door to make sure there are not more than ten people in the house. He said that type enforcement implies that people respond only to the threat of punishment. All right, how many times have you seen somebody when that, when the state troopers off to the side of the road. How many times is somebody floor it for this puppy and see how bast it goes? No, there's a threat of rear end, of a chain reaction, because Tis on the brakes when they see the trooper off on the side of three hundred and Niney or four hundred and ninety. So yeah, there's a reason they there's a reason, like the state trooper sits there. Yeah, and say it was pretty funny too. But you're right, though. You're right. Let me go, let me get a race of the race with this guy. You slow down if if you see if there and again. This also goes to to police out walking, maybe walking through a park, walking down the street, walking by a playground, being more visible, being more approachable than in a car that's just going to roll up on people. And you know that everybody car rolls up on you. Everybody already becomes heightened, right, somebody just comes walking up to you on the street, you tend to be a little bit more open. Yeah, to that. Oh, I agree with that too. Right, goes some more to a community policing. Let's get people, let's get our police on the street walking and talking to people, so they're not that big threatening presence. Oh, by the way, I see you don't have a mask. Here's one. Yeah, I don't know, maybe it. Maybe I'm just being unrealistic. I don't know how hard this is, Matt, I honestly don't. Are we making it harder than it I don't do it. I don't think so. We making it harder? I don't think you're being unrealistic. I so okay. So I'M gonna go right to your example. Foot patrol officers in the city. When you're in the city and it's even in the evening, if you're walking around the East town area or main street or wherever, and you see a bunch of cops walking around during the during the evening time, things tend to be a little bit more under control, versus if it's a Saturday night and there are no foot control whatsoever, people kind of just they're out drinking in the street doing what this is like? This is pre pandemic, I'M gonna say. I'm just saying, like a regular Saturday night on East Avenue or whatever. I've always noticed that even I used to work and, like I said, in the industry. So when they're when there was a presence of police officers, people seem to automatically control themselves a little bit more than if there was not a presence of police officers. So there's there is a very valid point that you're making there that if you see police officers kind of just walking around, I'm not saying, you know, being evasive, I mean and invading your space and all in your faceball stuff, just kind of just walking around, you see them doing that, just you have a presence of mindset like, okay, I see police officers, maybe I should do the right thing because we're here. It's just because you're nervous about what they Ma may do to you. You're right. It's it's sad to admit that, it's the truth.

When you see an officer that may penalize you for doing the wrong thing, you have the mindset to do so, to do the right thing. It's not because you are good persons, because you don't want to be in trouble, which is the it's unfortune to say, but it's the truth. It is. It's the absolute truth. I'm not going to sugarcoat that. So that's why I don't think that you're wrong whatsoever. I think that that the at the example that you made about when you're driving seventy five miles an hour and all of a sudden you see the cop up up there at the speech trip, for some reason you suddenly just slow down. It's not because that you decided that moment that you know what I'm driving to you fast. It's time for me to be a good citizen and slow down. It's all crap. There's a cop. If I'm so down, I'm going to get a ticket. That is the reason why you're slow down. So there is definitely logic to what you're saying. And the other thing too, is if you see so, say it's nine o'clock at night and and whatever bar district you wherever it's not hugging, you go in and you already see as you go in, you see three or four police walking around or whatever, and then you come out this three or four. So when you went in at nine o'clock, you already saw them, right. So you know that there's a presence there. Yep, from the beginning. Yep. It's not like, okay, it's one o'clock and here come all the cars. They're rolling in on us. They've been there all along. Yep, they've been they've been part of almost the furniture all along. I think that's different than if two one or two o'clock in the winning, it's closed and everyone wrong. All right, yeah, you see and you see all you can see. It is hard. All right. That that to me, and I don't think it's not a racial thing. At that point it's will. Where the heck were they a thirty nine o'clock? Now it's closing time and now they think we're going to do something bad. Yep, well, okay, so let's let's fulfill that prophecy. We're going to be jerks now because they're expecting us to be a closing time right, not an opening time. So, you know, well, let's make it worth their while that they were here, and I think things can can escalate if you're if they're just part of the scenery, you're going to come almost to look for it and they're going to be part of the scenery and it's not going to be anything special or different, right, just always there. Yep, Yep. I agree with that. There's a hey officer, good get evening. They say good evening every it goes down their way, and I just think by being as I think that's part of this community policing that were supposed to get to. But if we and then we're getting if we're going way off on the table here. But if where? That's another another show, Patty, another show. But if, but it's but it's all a piece of it. If that's what we want, and and communities want to relot be able to rely on their police and know that they're not there just for bad things, I think it becomes difficult to defund because then where are you? Where are these people? How you going to pay these people to be here all the time? Or or put put other other sorts of people and a bar district who could help the few situations? Yeah, but those people have to be part of the presence the whole whole time. So just roll up at closing, right, right. That will the same thing with asking in parts. Don't you show up, don't just go on mask patrol and be the mask police. Just be in the parks for a while, walk around for twenty minutes to see somebody who doesn't have a mask, even if they're not in a group. would just buy myself. I didn't put it on. Okay, you know right. Started conversation. Yeah, exactly. I think you're right. If you're part of that environment the entire time, it's more of a natural feel, like you said. You I have what I worked in the industry and the police that Diet patrolled the areas that we're always there. We talked all we talked all the time, which we actually became friendly with each other because they're they're just part of that environment. Now they're okay, how you doing, Jim? I would call him by his name is like Hey, matt, and we would conversate and that that has a better, I'm more natural feel to it. That's someone who's just there, who's you can tell. It's I'm not here to be a jerk. I'm here just to look out a man, make sure every everyone's cool. You know that. That's that is my purpose. My purpose not to be a jerk and see how many people I can bust my my my purpose here is just to make sure that everyone's everything's fine, and if you need me for something, I'm here. That's why I'm here. You know that, and that's how that that's how it felt. You're right, there's a different feel when it's two in the morning and eighty five police officers pull up. That does not have to feel up. I'm here just for help. That is that. Okay, we're going to try to find someone in the bus now because it's two in the morning. This is when you guys all do stupid stuff. That's a different field then. I'm just here just in case, you know, if anything goes down, I'm here for you. That has that feel if someone the Bible was at for in the evening and he's right there already, like he's just he's here just in case something goes down. I want to ask you another question. With the holidays, the the big one of the biggest party nights, as you know, is New Year's right. That's when everyone usually...

...has. They're either out or they have they're at a house party of some sort to watch the ball drop and bring in the New Year. That's the big one. I know the Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings are big for the dining and exchange of gifts, but the actual party night is the New Year's Eve night. So I'm kind of curious as the how that's going to go this year. Are People just going to say screw it, it's the last day of the year, I'm going to do whatever the hell I want. Or are they still going to try to abide by the rules that they're that were supposed to be for the other holidays as well? Well, you just gave me brought up back and here the fireworks. Now, this was this is a theory. Don't know if it was proven or whatever. One of the theories behind the month of fireworks leading up to July four was that there were going to be no public firework display. Everybody, every block had their own for a month. Right. Everybody now is having their own shakes from hearing fireworks at one, two, three, five. Yeah, that's summer to people tend to be out more. However, I think we could we could see more of that happening in the sense if there aren't public fireworks displays, you know drive in fireworks or something like that. You know, I don't know how you can do that at frontier field. Is Not enough cars for people, clouds and all that and all that stuff, but I think they're I would like to see communities, municipalities be able to do something that acknowledges this in some kind of public way to discharge some of that energy that we saw on joy and there were other reasons. There was we don't know about Daniel puld that, but we still had George foy. There were other protests for there were other factors right July fourth, but that was out of control. I do not want to see it out of control again on New Year's when again it's a fireworks time and things like that. What can our municipalities, what did they learn from July fourth to channel some of that energy make that a little bit constructive, given the constraints that we have. Yeah, you another good point you make. I wonder what can be done as far as a public display of fireworks. I'm trying to think. I'm trying to think of the possibility. Right Front your field way too small to accommodate that many people and vehicles and I can't really think of another location where that would work. I mean normally they do it like right over the I know it right by the bridge downtown is. It's a around that area. They shoot out, they shoot it over the water, but I don't know if that's going to be a possibility this year either. I don't know. I have no idea what they're going to do as far as a display of fireworks and and if they do that, we really can't be outside to watch him, right. You have to stay inside your car watch it on television or something. So I have no idea how that's going to work. Right. So, and we don't have a huge drive in. I mean the only thing I mean, again, thinking out loud here and people smarter than I am going to go now. That's not going to work, bess a, the parking lot of Charlott beach, over the beach, okay, you know is then do you put again? You can't put in all the cars that you that you would want to have them, because pep the traffic would be. We be getting out of it on July fourth, right. That's how long it would take to get everybody off that. So it's we don't really have a huge open area. People go to some of the other communities, if you talk to maybe more rural communities that they have something like that, a smaller community where maybe they have a huge high school. I mean maybe it's up to every town. All right, so maybe you know wheat when Chilhi at the school they are. How big is the parking lot? At the school. Maybe they can do something for their town. They can have firework. Every town can have its own fireworks displays. Where can Greece do something? Where could gates do something? Where Could Hilton spend support? Parma Ryg up, you know, is there? Is there a school there that has a big enough parking lot that people could do a drive in or fireworks it can. I don't think we can have one display. Yeah, I think we need to be what's pain field? You know? Can? Can? Can penfield and webster at one of the schools there? Do something and just say to people, you know, we've got a limit it to our town residents or to the people who would tend our school district. Please, if you live in spend supportt please don't come to the webster one. Yeah,...

...you know, if, maybe, maybe, if Adam delville was listening to this, I'll have this idea that you can use cares at fun. Let's see how many people listen to this. Okay, this is a test. There you go. There's a funding to have every town or every school district have its own drive in fireworks display for its residents. Okay, this is like facebook. If you hear this, like to share this. If you hear this, Call Adam Bellow. Whatever. That when I wish I had that was I thought of this earlier. It has a number county executive at. Anyway, you can find a jugle ad at Google it right exactly. Send them an email, call the office and say use cares act funding or what's not demand? Right enough to enough demands, Dear County executive. There you go. Is it possible to use cares act funding to fund every municipality or every school district? Probably. However, we want to divide this in Monroe county to have its own municipalities, school district, fireworks drive in display so that people can go to a nice fireworks display and we can keep we can cook somewhat, contain crowds, pay people in their cars and they won't be it won't be Memorial Day before they get to leave the pocket. Right. So this is that's a pure please can? Can? We can we do that? So you heard it here, for this is this is why we have independent radio. And then send send that and send me copy, copy us in on your email. Sure can. Absolutely all right. So I'M gonna I'm gonna Goop, Matt. We need a little traveling music here from for a second because I'm going to look up email address for the Monroe County executive. So you got to fill this while I'm doing some typing here. Oh Man, I wish I had a let's see, I think I have something here. And let's what I got here. Here's some music. There you go, I got there's a talk over beat free right there. County executive, this makes a lot of sense. County executive at Monroe County Dot Gom. Okay, so, county exective at Monroe County dot go. The phone number by day five, obviously, but who knows where people are listening from? Seven hundred and five three, one thousand seven five three one thousand an and county executive at Monroe County Dot Com. So if you send Adam bellow and email requesting that cares act funding be used, or is it possible that cares at funding can be used to have every municipality have its own drive in fireworks display, please copy us in on that email. I am daddy singer, Atti, SI and geer at minority reporter Dotnet, and I am, of course, Matt Wilson at inside the margins RADIOCOM. So yeah, I think it's a fantastic idea. I would just I was thinking a lot of those, especially the bigger high schools they have. They have a huge parking lot, like a huge area where they do like track and field and all the sports in the football field and everything. So, yeah, I think that this actually may work and this is a fantastic suggestion. So definitely listen to Patty. Do this. They send that right. And also, if you think about where they park the buses, right in some yeah, all right. Don't they have the bus garages that are sort of near? Yep, don't they surround the Athletic Complex? Yeah, leas have really big athletic comment. Why not have a drive in cut? Now, I get it, fireworks over your heads, have these people be looking up to the roof of your car. But if you like, I'm thinking of the Biden Harris and they had to driveling. The people were standing at their cars. Yep, Card they were outside their cars. Car lengths both six feet right, right, right, you know. So there's a way that you can people who have moon roofs can stick their head up through the roof. There's ways that this can be done. But I think we have to acknowledge that there are some traditions that people really don't want to give up. And and how can we get creative to do this? And this is what k this is what cares act funding is to me. This is what it's for. It's to buy math for people, but it's also it's also for mental health. Yeah, and how do we help? How do we help our communities mental health here still keep people, say, still allowed some sense of normalcy? Why don't we use this money for that? Fake how expensive could it be? It could be that expensive. And you're right. This this is a way that you're trying to keep things at least a tad normal and this time and you still give a people opportunity to celebrate and bring the New...

Year. I think this is a fantastic idea, patty. I'm not glad you mentioned it. Definitely let's let's see if it works. To our loyal listeners out there, certainly copy a sin on that and I'd love to see, you know, if Adam bellow out of even mention something like this. I would it would be great to hear so. I think this is a fantastic idea. This is wonderful. Last thing I wanted to mention before we get out of here. As far as the mass goes, in the fatigue that everyone has right now and again we're kind of everyone uses that phrase the home stretch, which I don't know how much of that is accurate, if we're in the home stretch or not exactly, if people can't see this and on radio, but I see Patty nodding. But yeah, I she said again, sick siguret right, yeah, brains ratting back. But you, I know you've heard that phrase to write we're in the home stretch. I don't feel that way. If I feel like you, your mentality should be, hey, there's nothing that's certain yet, so we need to act as if this is still how it is. You know, for the foreseeable future. We're hopeful that the that these things are going to work and they're going to come as fast as possible, but in the current situation we are seeing numbers as high as they were when this first started. That is the reality of our situation and it's not that we're better. We're rounding the corner and things are getting better. What do you think about that? So, how many of our of our oil listeners have taken a long drive and they've mapped it out and they know it's, you know, like it's going to be six hundred miles and they are gp at that everything and even they maybe even done it before. So they're doing maybe they used to travel for family for Thanksgiving and it was a long trip and it feels like they took the destination. Every time they get closer, they pick up the destination and move it another fifty miles. For the US. Right time closer, it's another fifty miles further out. That's to me, what this feels like. I've made that trip to my home state, however many times, and and and there were some trips that it feels like it will never end. They just keep picking up Rhode Island and moving it. It's out by Newfoundland by the time right truly is become an island. Right, and so that's what this feels like. This is now that there's this anticipation. You like a little kid waiting for Christmas. Absolutely go. So, no, this is not. I think that anticipation is not helpful. Yeah, is. I don't not believe it is. I think we need some we need hope. You need to look, try to be somewhat optimistic that we're not always going to be in this situation. But putting deadlines, putting dates on things, I think is not a great idea. Again, I'm all about mental health. Of I some psychologist or psychiatrist would argue with me, but I think if you have if you are expl when you expect something at a certain time and it doesn't happen, what is your reaction? Yeah, wait for a phone call that doesn't come right, Matt, you see, you're going to call it. You know, I'm gonna get the link at quarter or twelve and oh my gosh, it's Tena. You know. I mean someone supposed to be home for dinner at five. Whenever there's this expectation that isn't met, has the potential for anxiety and stress. Yep, I agree, I think no, go, yeah, yeah, I think it again. I don't. I know, I don't ever dive into the polotics. We don't really do that that much in the show, but I do think once the there's a transition and the administration, I think the approach to the covid pandemic is, I be a little bit different. I think there was a mentality that was put on through the Pertan administration that it's not as big of a deal as it really is. So I think that there's going to be a I'm I'm just assuming that they're going to be a different approach once that transition help go through and I think hopefully that will put us on the path of taking this thing seriously and and and doing the things that we need to do. NECESSI to keep it at bay because you're right, it's hard when you get all this. We're finally getting some good news. Right it's been a while since we got good news about covid so all of a sudden you hear about these vaccines and of course that's that's great news. It's good that there's something that's in the horizon that potentially may make things better. But the key word, and on what I said, is the word potentially. We don't really know that it is the way that this is going to be ended. It's a potential to make things better, but right now and this current environment, things are actually not better. They're actually worse. They were a few months back. There it was better. It is now worse right now. So you can't think, Oh, there's a vaccine, things are getting better no, look at the numbers. It's worse. Right now, right, and and...

...and they know that goes into. What goes into? Why do these companies release the information? They release it? How do they release it? How do you read a study? How do you how do you be a critical thinker and be skeptical about the news releases and the reports that you that you see? I mean so in this week's in minority reporter. You know, we I had asked Dr Ed Walsh at Rochester Regional about what? Why should we reign in the horses on this? Why should we not be terribly excited about the particular, the fiser, the flies are in the biotech one. Ninety four people, right, okay, that's good for ninety four people, but this is a billion plus people in the world. Right. The results are flaw there inner room. How we're going to distribute it? Let's let's not. Let let's not get ahead of ourselves on this. Let's not do so. Let's not do magical thinking. It is incredibly easy, whenever we are under any kind of stress, caused by anything, to think magically. Yep, and it is very, very hard to stay away from magical thinking when we feel desperate Yep. You know, a wise man once said, and I can't remember who said this, the best way to walk is to put one foot in front of the other. That's how you got to look at it. You can't go all of a sudden say I don't really know for walking its, let's just sprint. You got to walk first. You got to put one foot in front of the other, others see if it works. If it's working, you can go forth with other things that you want to try. So you make a very valid point. These were these again, I think I said it's really too these are clinical trials and a small volume of people. There is a mass population that this thing has got to be put out to you to see if it works, and we don't know how that's going to work out yet, until it actually begins to happen. So you got to be dealt it's I hate to say this all the times I feel like I'm a deubi Downer every week we do this, but you have to be diligent, you have to you have to maintain that mentality that this thing is real, that it can kill people, that you have to wash your hands, that you got to use hand sanitizem that you got to wear those masks and you got a physically distance. That's what you got to do for the time being, until things start to actually change. Right now they have changed for the worse. So sorry, remember that. Right and and it's the other thing too, is that this apparently can be life changing. Now we hear about people who are asymptomatic and nothing happens to them and they're fine for now. We don't know long term if this will be life changing. I mean already has been life change. Yeah, yeah, we've gone through this. Everybody's life has been changed. But if you, if you contract this, does your life then change, you know, in a in another way. So there is so much you cannot control. Even if you do everything right, you still may contract this because there is a random my belief, a randomness in the universe. You just you cannot control everything. But if you my philosophy on health is you try to do, try to delay and minimize. So wearing masks, washing hands, being aware of the people that you're around is a way of minimizing and potentially delaying any effect that this has on you. So minimize and delay, right and on that I think that's a great way for us to end the show. There is one thing that you can control. You can control where you get your information from local sources, and how you do that is go to the minority reporter dotnet. You'll have the option to subscribe. Again, Patty and the staff at the minority reporters have written many great pieces on Covid and also other things that are happening locally. So if you want to get that full information, go to the site and subscribe. Also, like Patty said, we're definitely wanted to be kept in the loop about what's happening, especially if you're going to go ahead make that suggestion out to Adam bellow and regards to the fireworks. So, Patty, it's it's patty singer at minority reporter dotnet. Is that correct? Patti, Patti, patty singer at minority reporter dotnet. Also, you can copy me and it's Matt Wilson, and Matt Matt Wilson at inside the margins RADIOCOM. And if you're tuning in and right now, you missed another great episode. Why would you tune in so late? But don't worry, we have all the full versions of the episode available for you to listen at your leisure on our website at inside the margins, radiocom on iheartcom or wherever you get your podcast. Patty, let's do this again next...

...week. What do you say? Promise. I promise. Well, it's so when people used to invite me for thanks tipping and we surround it. We never did this it with my family. We just would we just didn't do it. But being a guess in the family they always started dinner by saying what they were thankful for. I always said it was kind of Corny and kind of made me cry because it's color of sad, because I know thankful going in this bill and all this stuff, but man, I am thankful that we are able to do this. I am it sounds try and silly and things, but I am grateful for a lot in my life that I'm learning to be grateful for and to be thankful for and try not to try, not to work from a deficit position but from but from one of the one of the bonies and the blessed things that I do have. So in the spirit of that, thank you, Matt. Well, thank you, Patty. I I was doing this program when it first started by myself. So having your company on this program I think has made this program much better and I also enjoy our conversation. So thank you for being part of inside the margins. I definitely appreciate that. And thank you and thanks to the staff at the minor reporter also. I enjoy my I enjoy my subscription to that, to the paper of myself. So all right, we got to get out of here listening. We got it. There where, just you and I are standing in a phone booth. Right there. We could be having a phone conversation right now now at the difference. May See if I feel like a jerk now. Thank you for listening. You're right. If it wasn't if it wasn't for you, you're the most important people at that to this, this program. It wasn't for you, we wouldn't even exist. So thank you for listening to our program we appreciate it. All Right, I'm glad you say this. There, Patty animals walked out without doing that. All right, we'll see you next week. This is inside the margins. Take Care,.

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