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Bob Mitchell: Whatís going to happen in 2022?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

I just had to get that heading in to start another year, as it was one of my motherís favorite questions, as we ended one year and looked forward into the New Year, since she had lived through the depression years.

That was part of the learning process when farm chores provided some lessons that have never been forgotten. One was Mom making cottage cheese to sell and provide for our table, hanging the finished product on the clothesline.

So much for that, welcome into 2022, which arrived Saturday, so after five days of starting a new year, for the first time in about a 70-year writing career, my fingers arenít finding the correct keys on this keyboard to get started. Hopefully, this column will make sense to the readers.

Beginning the effort

One subject that is constantly on my mind for the past year has been the pandemic situation and the over 800,000-plus lives lost in this country since the beginning of 2021, a year ago.

Coupled with these thoughts are the number of people who have purposely avoided the precautions outlined by science and medicine necessary to combat the flu that has swept the world. It appears to me that what they in effect have done is helped increase that number of deaths and prolonged the pandemic.

Some, it must be admitted, have done so under legitimate reasons. Others have done so under a political umbrella that they have chosen to follow for some unknown reason.

Includes Missourians

Those with political authority at this time, could be charged with leading this state and our communities into one of the countryís leading statistics so far as the number of COVID cases are concerned. Whether they are making their moves toward further political fame or continuing to make hay with a segment of population that chooses to strengthen their standing in minority numbers in the country is known only in their minds.

Think about the past

Vaccines have proven to be effective in fighting the Pandemic, so why do Americans forget the past?

Since school days, weíve taken shots for measles, smallpox, polio, tetanus, whooping cough and others that are out of my memory. Many of these vaccinations were administered in school clinics. Remembering one of those deeply involved in these programs was registered nurse Mona Eaton. She hit me with a shot of something one time before she would permit a picture be taken.

If we had faith in this vaccination process for so long, why then would we suddenly drop our belief in these programs after so much success? Thatís all on this subject, for now.

Enough is enough

Never has there been an advertising campaign on TV such as those we see now trying to get a slice of Medicare funds. The healthcare insurance people have used every celebrity they could get their hands on to tout their products or services.

The airwaves recently were jam-packed with messages, one right after the other, and all of them were basically saying the same message over and over. It is no telling how many millions of dollars were spent in this effort. Does this tell you anything?

On the good side

The year 2022 will be a good one, if we will make it so. Thatís the story of any success venture -- top results for any project totally depends on the amount of effort that goes into a project.

That was the story written in Cassville during the 1970s when the entire community was flourishing with success. There wasnít a plant in town that wasnít providing employment for a wide spread of folks. They were busy making products as machines hummed within their walls.

Hopefully that would be a New Yearís wish for everyone in the City of Seven Valleys!

Almanac says

Fair and milder weather (much like as has recently existed) for the plains and Midwest, at least for the first part of the month. Perhaps not that good toward the end of January when wet weather is highly predicted.

Thatís to be expected since we will be getting close to that short month of February when weíve learned any kind of weather can blow into these parts.

Best fishing days, if you are rushed to try out new equipment, or just have that itch to get out on the water, is tabbed to be the 5th through 7th, 15th and 16th, then good fishing 20th, 24th and 26th.

If you are determined to be out on the lake this time of the year, donít forget life jackets. A couple of early resort developers lost their lives in wintertime drowning in years past.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State Universityís Regional Media Hall of Fame.

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