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RANT OF THE DAY: Inside today’s headlines.
That downtown refund idea: Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission — stung by the City Commission over open container provisions for downtown — wants to find another way to help restaurant owners who sustained losses in the pandemic-ordered closings. Since the city won’t help with the open container idea, the ACC wants rebates or refunds for the high dollars paid for those alcohol licenses — specifically two months worth. Watch how this one plays out.
Decision time for educators: Floyd County Board of Education officials have laid out back-to-class options — six in all — and also added provisions for transportation and student nutrition. The city of Rome is surveying parents before moving ahead. Darlington has options under active planning and Polk County Schools will announce its intent after the Independence Day holiday. Some very, very tough calls will need to be made. As one administrator said on Twitter, “July will be extremely important.” And here’s why …
… Virus numbers not improving. The number of people at Floyd and Redmond hospitals rose from four to five to seven in recent days after dropping as low as two combined patients. Northwest Georgia has seen 100 new positive tests in five days. The Floyd County Courthouse remains closed again this week after seven employees tested positive. The state’s death toll since the first victim died on March 5 will top 2,500 today. Even the vice president — who supposedly leads the nation’s response to the virus — is talking about Georgia’s numbers spiking. Florida, where many of us plan to vacation this number, is seeing new cases surge.
A conversation starts: We’re picking up some talk about a summit with church leaders and law enforcement, and we’re checking for more. If it happened, great; we await a report on the outcome. If it hasn’t occurred, it is time to do so.
Correction of the day: Our apologies for a swipe we took during Monday’s broadcast edition about moving the Forrest statue to Myrtle Hill from Broad Street. Our jab was about it being so close to black neighborhoods. A regular writer points out that area was still predominantly white when the statue was moved.
Speaking of statues: The same writer also shares past articles about the Capitoline wolf with Romulus and Remus in front of city hall. Long thought to be a gift from Italian fascist Benito Mussolini, it appears to have been “regifted” by Tubize Chatillon Corp. and has had a spotty history since. We could do without this one as well, at least as it is perched in front of city hall.
About those elections: Amazing how quiet all that got after the fiasco known as the primary vote across Georgia and the resulting headaches a week ago. There certainly have been more important things to consider since then. We can assure you the four area candidates on the Aug. 11 primary runoff ballot are anything but standing still.
Sports talk turned social justice forums: From ESPN’s Dan Le Batard to the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, some of the most outstanding commentary on the state of race in our country is coming from shows usually dominated by other topics. Both are on ESPN Radio and on some of the ESPN networks; we recommend them as a way to get away from the “branded content” of the cable networks and political radio hacks.
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