Can everyone just take a deep breath . . . please?

| September 10, 2020

Through your mask of course. Yeh, I think everyone needs to relax, chill out and unwind a bit. Maybe those all mean the same thing to you – but is it just me – or are many people wound tighter than a drum right now?

Not only do we have a virus to continue contending with but a presidential election looms on the horizon in less than 60 days – and we will be able to cast ballots in a few weeks. And that brings up another subject for discussion – and angst – will all of the absentee ballots be processed in time by the post office to be counted. I believe that the new Postmaster General has said “yes” to that question in front of a congressional panel. Many changes planned for the postal system have been delayed due to this inquiry.

And did I hear that a vaccine is supposedly going to be ready by . . . wait for it, wait for it, Nov. 1? Are we rushing things a tad? Again, no research here, just something I thought I heard.

Do you like the improved quality printing of The Beacon? I consider it a top shelf move that will enhance the paper and especially provide for better readership and advertiser response. A big thank you also goes out to all the businesses and organizations that helped support the fall sports issue last week. These kids, and all those that support them from the coaches to the parents to the volunteers that staff the food stands deserve recognition for sticking with something in a challenging season. Here’s to a great season!

Congratulations to the Coshocton Regional Medical Center on the opening of the new urgent care facility to serve our community seven days per week. This will help many in our community that have a need not quite up to the level of emergency room care but require care nonetheless. The folks at our local hospital saw a need and put together a plan to fill that need. Thank you!

It is the Friday prior to the Labor Day weekend and a quick glance at the major league baseball standings shows the Indians leading the American League central by a half game over the White Sox. The vaunted Twins have slipped to third place but that is only by a game. The season is now two thirds over when you read this. A 60-game schedule does not leave much room for error(s).

The short season has stirred up some teams from the past and left others in the dust. The Nationals were expected to be a contender I believe but it looks like the Braves are dominating in the NL east with Philadelphia on their heels. The ‘Nats are five games back. The Reds are only two games back with the Pirates six back. The Dodgers are baseball’s winningest team right now with 29 wins and only 10 losses. They were predicted to be in the running for a World Series championship. I would say it’s still a long season, but it’s not.

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