I’m going to touch on two topics this week. One has passed, but should be observed daily in our hearts and minds. The other is current, and probably controls our thoughts and actions way too much.
National Peace Officers Memorial Day
We have a story on page one about Friday’s observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Thank you South Rockport Neighbors, Inc. Neighborhood Watch for hosting the tribute to our local men and women in our law enforcement agencies.
It was a little different this year in that plans changed at the last minute due to the absence of so many local law enforcement personnel who were attending the funeral of RPD Detective Steven Reyes.
Although he did not die in the line of duty, his loss was felt throughout the law enforcement community.
I didn’t run into him too often, but whenever I did, he was smiling ear-to-ear.
I enjoyed listening to the messages from Joe Riekers, Aransas County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy John Gutierrez, and RPD Lt. Nathan Anderson during Friday’s tribute. They weren’t lined up as speakers, but stepped in and shared from the heart. The scheduled speakers were all attending Reyes’ funeral in Corpus Christi.
What really hit me were the words from Rockport First Assembly of God Pastor Bruce Frazier.
He read Romans 13:1 before adding, “Your jobs aren’t a civil idea, it’s a God idea.
“Take consolation knowing that God has your back.”
Romans 13:1 reads:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
Imagine if everyone in our nation adhered to Romans 13:1.
The past two years would have played out much differently.
To all our local law enforcement, I say, “Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day to keep us safe.”
I’ll be very blunt. I am fully vaccinated and there really is no need for me to wear a mask … at any time.
However, I do respect the wishes of any business, homeowner, etc. who still asks that I wear a mask in their establishment or home.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to stop living in fear, and nobody who has been fully vaccinated should give the time of day to anyone who tries to shame them for not wearing a mask (unless you’re literally thumbing your nose at an establishment that requires mask wearing.).
This weekend I’m going to a casino in Mississippi. I’ve been to several casinos in different states during the pandemic, including the weekend in March 2020 before casinos across the nation were slammed shut.
I got an email Monday saying I don’t have to wear a mask in the casino because I’m fully vaccinated, but I do have to wear it on the flight there.
As noted earlier, I don’t have to like the mask requirement on planes (since I’m vaccinated and since the air is cleaner inside a plane than outside my front door) but I respect an airline’s (or actually, the federal government’s) desire to mandate mask wearing.
Also, based on the science, I think it’s asinine to require children to wear masks. But then again, who the hell can believe in what is being thrown around as “science” nowadays.
Science, in many areas (COVID-19 and Global Warming to name two), and racism have lost their meaning in our country due to misuse and/or overuse.
Bottom line, I can’t wait until all the blowhards in Washington, and that includes the god Dr. Fauci, get over themselves and let us get back to normal.
If a casino can be mask-less for the fully vaccinated, there’s no reason why the whole country can’t be that way.
One final thought.
Remember pre-COVID when the “Pay it Forward” phenomenon spread across the county?
I don’t mean to bring attention to my actions, but Monday afternoon I saw a young man in a Mercedes loading his groceries in his car. His shopping cart was blocking access to my car door so I waited for him to finish loading his groceries.
When he finished, he apologized for the delay.
I said, “No problem,” then grabbed his cart and told him I’d put it in the cart rack.
He was stunned.
It felt great, and so will all of us if we all do stuff like that all the time without thinking.
Trust me, I’m looking in the mirror when I say that!
So, what happened to “Pay it Forward?”
When did that change to the “Give me Mine” and “Equity” phenomenon that has now infected more people than COVID-19 ever will?
Live life folks.
This isn’t practice.
It’s a real game, and the clock keeps ticking, regardless of our actions.
Make it count for something … other than government gifts. Freebies, gobs of money, and stuff are all meaningless in the end.
Until next week, have a good week.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.