Members of the Columbia High School class of 2020 walk in as family and friends — limited in number and spaced apart for social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic — stand inside Walter Payton Field at Gardner Stadium Friday night. Speakers emphasized the challenges the class has overcome to graduate.
The March sales tax numbers could have been a fluke. Sure, Columbia, was up 1.9% versus March 2019, but the figures only represented part of the first month when coronavirus-related restrictions were in place. The smart approach was to wait and see until April before drawing strong conclusions.
Schools tried electronic learning after the coronavirus hit. Not much learning took place. Some politicians want remote voting for the November election; that’s a recipe for fraud. Churches met online only for a few months; tithes plummeted.
Columbia's Walmart hosted a program Wednesday recognizing employees or their children who are graduating this year. Honorees ranged from kindergarten to college. The group of graduates poses for a picture with Walmart Manager Mike Lowery.
I’ve never had a negative interaction with police officers (other than reactions to articles I wrote they didn’t like, but that’s another story altogether). Between a couple of wrecks and a few speeding tickets, all my official dealings with law enforcement have been handled professionally.