This past year, people limited their time away from home, diligently wore masks wherever they went, and drained the color from their hands with frequent hand sanitation. After a long and tumultuous year of precautions and regulations, COVID-19 vaccines are out and available. But in order to get the protection they’ve been waiting for, people must first navigate a dense network of vaccine providers, pharmacy and hospital web pages, and portals.
Most of us have heard the legends of Robin Hood, a man who stole money from the rich and gave it to the poor. This folktale of the power of a commoner is truly inspiring but rather rare in modern times. However, we now have our own take on the well-known legend: the popular investing broker called Robinhood.
In my column last week I mentioned the amazing efforts of Texans organizing mutual aid networks to keep themselves alive while the government — local, state and federal — sat around and abandoned people.
It seems weird I have to write this column, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Last week, Texas was thrust into a climate change-induced winter storm that’s thrown its power and water supply into chaos. No one knows yet how many deaths will eventually be tied to this. The state and federal response would be laughable if the implications weren’t literally life and death.
Artists do most of the work by creating phenomenal, memorable music. They match the right instrumentals with the right vocals and lyrics to change our lives in a span of usually three minutes. The only remaining responsibility is for DJs, party enthusiasts and those holding the aux cord to choose how these songs all fit together in order to create the ultimate playlist.
While federal elections tend to take the spotlight at the ballot box, local elections — such as state legislature — are of equal, if not greater importance. Especially coming off of a census year, the elections for state legislatures are even more important as redistricting enters the scene again.
While I can only speak for myself, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this semester has been interesting — to say the least. Me and many other students not only dealt with the standard juggle of school, work and family, but also the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and declining mental health as social and political upheaval continues to grip the nation.
“I don’t want a lot for Christmas/ There is just one thing I need,” plays over the speakers in my car as I’m driving to work. As I’m about to full-on belt and dance to this song, I wonder: is it too early to start this?