FLOYD INGRAM: The next time around . . .By FLOYD INGRAM / YOUR PRESS REGISTER,
They say forbidden fruit is the sweetest and many in our community have taken a big bite over the past six weeks.
I have repeatedly said the only businesses that honored the state, city and county’s request to shutdown were local, law abiding folk who truly care more for their community than the almighty dollar.
Your chain stores, fast food franchises and big box stores have not slowed down one bit during the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s our mom-and-pop businesses, corner restaurants and niche stores run by our neighbors that have been hurt the most by coronavirus and leadership that didn’t know how to stop COVID-19, so they just said “Stop!”
And if confession is good for the soul, then I too have to admit I am guilty of this selfishness.
I’ve only been in Clarksdale a short time, but I have lived in dry counties where the bootleggers ran a thriving business thanks to the Baptist.
They called them dry counties because there was no legal whisky to be had. But laws have never stopped the politicians or some people in our capitalistic society from making a buck.
I never saw people going thirsty in those dry counties.
Well, the bootleg bug bit me in Clarksdale recently. No, I didn’t frequent any of those establishments but, I did get a big, hot bootleg breakfast one morning.
I also walked into a local pizzeria, sat down and ordered a bootleg pizza.
I drove to my 86-year old mother’s home last weekend for Mother’s Day, hugged her neck, kissed her and shared a meal with her.
Don’t tell anyone, but I even went to a church service in this day and age of social distancing and prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people.
But I couldn’t force myself to get a bootleg haircut.
Yes, until Marty opened up on Monday, I was beginning to look a lot like I did in the 1970s when long hair was the fashion.
But in a civilized society we have to draw the line somewhere.
I could not stoop to get a bootleg haircut.
And besides, how do you hide a new haircut?
Our country was forged in rebellion.
We told the King of England to not tread on us, we had certain inalienable rights and we were willing to fight for our freedom.
I hope the people of our community, state and world realize how far government has reached into our lives during this coronavirus scare.
They’ve stopped our children’s education. They told us how to gather in public. They poured trillions of dollars into the trough and urged the people to come and feed and get fat for the slaughter.
Government at all levels has tasted the reach of their power and they like its flavor.
Please hear me when I say I stand for law and order. But laws that are enforced unequally or benefit some, or worse only an elite few, are wrong.
That is happening all around us right now.
We had a curfew implemented, but I would like to know how many people were picked up for curfew violations. We had demands for curbside service placed on restaurants, but did police ever enforce it at the State Street franchises? We had bans or gathering of more than 10 people (that included funerals and church services) but only the honorable, honored that.
We’ve learned a lot about our world, neighbors and government over the past six weeks.
As we head out of the coronavirus crisis, I hope people will demand better of their government the next time around. You see, that’s the real reason we have elections in this great country.
Floyd Ingram is Editor of your Clarksdale Press Register. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University but a rebel at heart. Call him at 662-627-2201 with your COVID-19 concerns.