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As COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths decline, state stops vaccine waiting list

State health officials said vaccines are so widely available now that its own system is no longer needed.

Body camera training underway in Wilmington as new bill calls for statewide policy

The bill would require all law enforcement and some correction and other officers to wear a body camera

Republicans announce legislation to review voting roll laws, require photo IDs for voting

One measure would require all voters to show photo IDs when they vote or seek an absentee ballot.
Ken Grant
Ken Grant
Ken Grant has spent most of his life in Delaware, loves being in all three counties, works for the only U.S.-based manufacturer of Thin Layer Chromatography Plates, is married to an incredible woman who is willing to put up with his antics and is the father of two teenagers who have agreed to wait at least another 20 years before writing the books about their “adventurous” childhood.
Where do we go from here?
The past few weeks have been pretty rough. We’ve seen Police Officers shot in the line of duty, innocent people killed, our neighborhoods shaken.
I mourn for our losses.
I grieve.
I wrestle with this basic problem – it takes so much time and effort by so many people to build something good, but it only takes seconds to destroy.
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We get angry at the senseless destruction and we want to take that anger out on someone, we want to blame leaders, we want “someone” to pay for the loss we feel.
But we know that’s not the answer.
We are left with despair.
The choice becomes clear, I can do one of the following:
1. Give up. Stop trying. Know that there’s nothing I can do to stop the destruction and pain. Stop engaging with the community, just go to work, go home, and watch tv.
2. Keep trying. Pick up the pieces. Know that the efforts could lead to nothing, but make the efforts anyway.
 and then I’m reminded of what Dr. Kent Keith once wrote:

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Window of Hope…

The good people at LOMA Coffee have just started a Window of Hope – anyone is welcome to come by, write a message on a sticky note, and post it…
 

My Choice

The other day I got a flyer from my friend, Justin Barss, about a community clean up day scheduled for this Saturday in the LOMA area.

I will be there Saturday – I’ll do my part to help – and know that it’s just a small move in an effort to battle despair and build something good in our community.

I hope you find a way to make a difference this week.

“First, I want to express my deepest condolences to the victims of this shooting. Second, I want to express my appreciation to all of those from the law enforcement community who have been working so hard today. A short while ago, I spoke with each of the Capitol Police officers who were shot. I thank God that they are both doing OK. I let them know how grateful we are for that and how much we appreciate their outstanding service to the citizens of our state. I have also spoken today with Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Schiliro, State Police Superintendent McQueen, and Capitol Police Chief Jopp. I am grateful to them and their personnel for all they are doing. While this shooting is notable for the fact that it took place inside a state courthouse, there are some aspects of this incident that are, unfortunately, all too common. I am saddened that two more brave members of our law enforcement community have been injured in the line of duty. I am also saddened that this appears to be another example of a domestic situation that turned deadly. So while there is much focus on this incident today because of the circumstances, it should not detract from our focus on domestic violence or from our appreciation and apprehension for the thousands of men and women in law enforcement who take chances on our behalf every day.”-       Governor Jack Markell
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As COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths decline, state stops vaccine waiting list

State health officials said vaccines are so widely available now that its own system is no longer needed.

Body camera training underway in Wilmington as new bill calls for statewide policy

The bill would require all law enforcement and some correction and other officers to wear a body camera

Republicans announce legislation to review voting roll laws, require photo IDs for voting

One measure would require all voters to show photo IDs when they vote or seek an absentee ballot.
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