Rant: What dad needs this Father’s Day isn’t on a shelf or in a box. Plus today’s fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.

Rant: What dad needs this Father’s Day isn’t on a shelf or in a box. Plus today’s fastest 90 seconds of news in the nation.

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Today’s top headlines:
  • Still growing: High Voltage Prints gets a charge out of a new site. Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe doubles down on Martha Berry. Lobrillio’s brings a taste of Chicago to West Rome.
  • Nearly 1,200 resident tests at area long-term care homes. State death toll at 2,605, up 908 in a month. Positive tests at 60,912 in Georgia, including 1,454 here.
  • Health: Harbin Clinic sets moves for Ansley Park, pediatrics to new building off Redmond, Bypass for July. Redmond Regional adds patient hot line for insurance issues.
  • Protest, prayer service, forum on race, Juneteenth celebration set for tonight through Sunday.
  • Independence Day 2020: Cave Spring parade a ‘go.’
  • Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Hot, mostly sunny weekend ahead to celebrate dad’s day.
  • Truett’s Chick-Fil-A Sports Report:Latest updates from GHSA on summer conditioning, coronavirus.

RANT OF THE DAY: What dad needs this Father’s Day ain’t on a shelf.

We have a few different gift suggestions for dad this year.

That new grill is fine, thank you. So, too, a rare bottle of bourbon or a case of one of the thousands of craft beers or even “seltzers” premiering by the day. Ties? Well, maybe not this year because they’ll go unused unless there’s some important meeting on Zoom next week. Just be sure pop doesn’t stand up during that video conference, revealing the matching  boxer shorts.

This year, give dad something else: The gifts of grace and a chaser of peace as well.

He needs both as 2020 continues to be the year from hell. That pandemic that chased many of us indoors isn’t going away, no matter how Trump or Kemp try to spin it. There are safety concerns for the family at home and away on top of economic challenges some have never faced before. Race relations are at a critical crossroads, from George Floyd to Atlanta to major companies that can’t “ban” some of their more popular brands fast enough — moves that should have been made 50 years ago. Today, they’re basically publicity stunts.

Add to that politics — federal, state and local — that are so disgusting that you’d think someone forgot to flush the toilet. And we still have a week or more left in June and then July, August, September and October, edging into November.

Those traditional escapes we usually turn to on Father’s Day weekend are on hold. There’s no baseball outside of the Korean version shown overnight on ESPN. The restaurants are mostly back open with plenty of red meat on the menu but there’s also the risk is sitting by those rushing to practice even the most basic levels of courtesy much less social distancing and wearing masks. Even church services are a mixed blessing still — some are back in the pews while others are drive-in or tune-in.

We are living in times that the TV dads, from Ward Cleaver to George Jefferson, never imagined.

What’s a father to do on June 21, 2020? Anything but ask for, or even accept, a nod of sympathy. Our man cards are still valid, thank you.

Whether our dads are black, Hispanic, Asian, native American or white, we do what we always do: Try to make things better for our families and maybe others as well.

We try to set examples, even if it means wearing those glasses-fogging masks that aren’t designed for those of us with pumpkin-shaped heads.

We exhibit tolerance, even acceptance, of Black Lives Matter, others’ cultural beliefs and long-sheltered social trends.

We get creative, perhaps tapping into a spirit of entrepreneurism we never knew we had in order to make a better life for our loved ones.

And we explore options, outside of what had been normal for so many years.

No, we can’t go to the ballpark this weekend so see our favorite pro or minor league teams with the kids. But there are plenty of fields around our community, complete with bases and backstops, for us to play catch or practice hitting and fielding.

That weekend getaway can easily convert to dropping a few lines into our rivers or putting the kayaks in at one of the boat ramps along the Etowah.

That big meal out can become expertly burned meat on that new grill because, at last check, the meat counters at local stores were fully stocked. So, too, the fresh vegetables.

And local churches perhaps are more alive than ever, even if their doors are locked, thanks to live streaming and drive-in formats and such. Take in that service in your jammies, even if dad is still wearing those boxers at 11 a.m.

Above all, celebrate Fathers Day 2020. In a year we can’t wait to forget, we putting our fathers — and mothers — through experiences we’ve never imagined.

With those generous gifts of grace and peace, many of our fathers will surprise you. They’ll not only survive but in many cases thrive.

That’s because conditions such as these don’t make you a dad. How we respond to those challenges is what it is all about.



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