Stay Strong and Remember What They’re Saying. The More We Stay Apart Now, the Sooner We’ll Get Back Together!
An Easter Weekend Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted Saturday, April 11th, 2020
I’m sure that most of us who were not privy to the kind of ‘intelligence information’ that certain ‘leader’ on the American side of the border failed to read or take seriously, never imagined last New Year’s Day that this Easter Holiday weekend would be like this.
I can drive down the Niagara Escarpment from my home in Thorold this Easter weekend and see enough empty space in the parking lots of the Pen Centre shopping mall to land a whole fleet of helicopters from the last Middle East war.
At any rate, Easter weekend is here and Tigger, one of my favourite cats – a real celebrity of a feline in Niagara, who normally lives at the Pet Valu store at the Pine Plaza on Pine Street in Thorold – is apparently now home, doing his part to keep a safe distance, with some of the good people who share the store with him.
Here is a photo of Tigger with the Easter Bunny, taken by one of his Pet Valu colleagues, Joe Krawchuk, from a Tigger calendar the store puts out every year as a fundraiser for animal assistance.
I was originally planning to end this Easter message with the photo of Tigger but being who I am, I can’t help but use the occasion to talk a little bit about politics, and social and cultural insanity. So here I go.
Say what you want about Doug Ford.
The Ontario premier may have his head in a basket when it comes to protecting rare and endangered animals and the habitats they live in, but at least he went out of his way a couple of days ago to declare the Easter Bunny an essential service.
You can also say what you want about Governor Andrew Cuomo in the neighbouring State of New York.
Unlike a number of jurisdictions in the southern mid-western United States where the right for just about anyone, including the mentally disturbed and people with names on terrorist watch lists, to buy guns means more than the right to vote and to have decent schools and health care, and where gun stores remain on the list of essential services, the Governor of New York has removed gun shops from the state’s list, drawing another lawsuit from the nuts at the NRA (a.k.a. National Rifle Association).
Yet Governor Cuomo went out of his way days ago to declare the Easter Bunny an essential service, and the Tooth Fairy too.
So we can all do our best to have a Happy Easter during a time unlike any we have collectively experienced in our lifetime.
We can have Easter Egg Hunts inside our homes or apartments, or outside in the backyard if we have one.
And for those of you, who make a practice of going to church on Easter Sunday, most churches have websites and you can go to them and they are live-streaming services that you can attend virtually, from the safety of your own home.
Not all are minding the need for physical distancing though when it comes to going to church.
Down in the southern American states where they have more evangelical pastors per capita than they do shelters for the homeless, many people are reportedly doing the same thing the gun nuts are doing and citing amendments in the U.S. Constitution to assert their “right” to pack the pews.
I heard on an American cable news channel this weekend that in Kentucky, where (as Nancy Pelosi calls him) the “grim reaper” of the U.S. Senate, Moscow Mitch, comes from, the governor of that state, having begged the faithful to say their prayers at home rather than endanger themselves and others in packed churches, has instructed police to take the licence plates of cars parked in church lots this Easter Sunday, then issue orders to the licence owners to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Wow. I’ll admit that it has been a long time since I’ve read The Bible, but I don’t recall Jesus ever having a church in the form of a physical building where people go to compare clothes, exchange business cards, and put money on a plate.
Enough of some of the more zoned-out nonsense going on these days, though. In perilous times, I guess we have to expect some of that..
Have a Happy and a Safe Easter at home everyone.
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