Today is Martin Luther King Day. The late reverend King is a pivotal figure in American history. Today should not be the only day we remember the efforts of those who brought about meaningful change in America to end horrific government sponsored practices of segregation, and discrimination. America is a better nation as a result of the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. Read about him here.
The incoming Biden Administration has hinted at relaxing federal guidelines for COVID-19. Hopefully this will translate to similar actions down the line to the state level and ultimately the local level as well. 2020 was a politically charged year where politicians were making COVID decisions based as much on politics as medical science. That may end shortly after January 20th as the President will no longer be in heated opposition to the House and the news media at large.
Although COVID-19 should still be taken seriously, a little less over reach would do us all well. People need to get back to work and the country is craving a return to a more normal life. This includes students, and workers along all economic ranges. Let’s hope 2021 brings us at least a partial return to “normal” as the vaccine rolls out, and caseloads drop.
COVID-19 claimed yet another great restaurant this week. The Grant House Restaurant will not reopen. I loved that place actually, the Officer’s Row restaurant occupied space in a beautifully restored 172 year old home at Fort Vancouver. The Grant House was built in 1849 while Ulysses S. Grant was stationed there. Although the house is named in his honor, the former President never actually resided in the house that bares his name. Maybe after the pandemic passes another restauranteur will open up at the fantastic spot.
Vancouver as I mentioned last week has had nary a flake of snow. Even the foothills that are typically caked in a few feet of snow are nearly bare. But the weather prognosticators are suggesting a colder setup is working into play late this week and the possibility of some real winter weather lurks on the horizon. Whether or not we see widespread snowfall down in the valleys, we can expect more typical winter snow levels dipping down under 1000 feet. Those of you living up in the foothills, winter is not over… stay tuned.
Ah the ‘Couv’ life; it is good.