Hold on. Here we go again.

The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is spiking across the country. From all reports I’ve heard, the Delta spike is steeper than with the “original” COVID-19 last year, and it’s projected to fizzle out just as quickly as it rose.

The bad thing about the Delta virus is it’s more contagious than the original COVID-19.

The good news is that it’s not as deadly.

As with the original COVID-19 - which forever changed our day-to-day lives for more than a year, and will have far-reaching affects of which we can’t truly understand – we’ve all known someone who had the original virus, or the variant. Most of us know someone who has died from the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 615,000 in the United States, and more than 4.3 million across the globe.

It should be clear to everyone the best way to suppress and eventually beat COVID-19 is for more people to get vaccinated.

In Aransas County, a little more than half the population over the age of 12 is fully vaccinated. About 63% of the population in that range has received at least one dose.

About 78.5% of the population 65 years of age and above is fully vaccinated. Close to 90% of the population in that range have received at least one dose.

My wife and I have both been vaccinated, as have our adult daughters and their husbands.

I do not believe in mandatory vaccinations for the population as a whole, but I hope those who have chosen not to get vaccinated, reconsider their decision to do so, unless, of course, his or her doctor advises against it.

We’re all in this together, and the quicker we fight the good fight with the best available weapons (vaccine, or natural immunity because one has already had COVID-19), the quicker we will get through this.

I, for one, don’t plan to be “locked up” again.

Unfortunately, COVID-19, and messaging by authorities on the national stage, as well as the world stage, has turned way too political.

Anyone with a clear mind could see it coming for miles.

The politicization of the pandemic has led to the trust issues many of us are experiencing today.

The only way that will end, is if COVID-19 is far behind us.

I challenge Aransas County residents to reconsider getting vaccinated if they have chosen not to get the shots.

No shaming. No argument about rights, conspiracies, or anything.

Just think about it.

I don’t fear COVID-19.

I, along with probably most Americans, am tired of restrictions imposed upon us.

Of all the things I’ve heard and read, it is quite apparent that more people being fully vaccinated is the answer.

Let’s do this together, supporting each other, and get the government and bureaucrats out of our lives.

I would rather hunt down toilet paper for weeks than listen to politicians, including Dr. Fauci (a politician with medical credentials), tell me, a fully vaccinated person, that I have to continue wearing a mask, etc.

Electric thoughts

This past weekend we drove up to Frisco to celebrate our oldest grandson’s seventh birthday early, since we couldn’t make it to his actual party this weekend.

On the way home, I was switching the Sirius radio dial between Fox News and CNN, with Comedy Central mixed in to put a lid on my disgust of the mainstream media.

A trillion here, a trillion there, more black-on-black murders and cop killings in Chicago and no sign of Black Lives Matter. The governor of New York is in hot water with women, yet no sighting of the Me Too crows.

Hmmmmm.

I guess there are more important things to worry about, like personal bodyguards for politicians since they are so much more important than those they reportedly serve, or saving the world by throwing trillions at regulations and “infrastructure” (aka – the Green New Deal).

Driving home Sunday along IH 35 I started to think about how an electric car will fare humming down the highway at 80 mph, lest it get run off the road!

My thoughts then turned to how, on a full tank of gas in our Honda Accord, we covered about 1-1/3 of our 13-hour round trip.

We stopped at the Buc-ee’s in Temple. I swear they need traffic signals in the parking lot on weekends.

Inside it wasn’t much better. I was glad I didn’t have to stand in line for the bathroom like all the ladies.

I have never seen so many people at one time sitting at gas pumps, and inside, buying all things beaver-themed.

I talked and laughed with people of all colors, and both (only two) sexes, inside and outside, and to people with masks and those without masks.

When we got back in the car and headed south, I thought I had done something wrong.

Wasn’t I supposed to be a racist and not get along with non-White people? Wasn’t I supposed to shame those people who didn’t do right by the COVID police?

Then I remembered … I am who I am, not what the mainstream media says I am!

The overwhelming majority of Americans (all races and only two sexes) are great people.

Don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise.

Parents, please teach your children the same.

Too many have lost their minds the past 18 months.

It’s time to regain control of our emotions, as well as our future.

Until next week, have a good week!

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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