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A friend of mine is remodeling a bathroom for somebody in Zanesville, Ohio. He found some newspapers under the floor from 1992. He posted this picture on Facebook, of the daily newspaper column listing the local hospital admissions and discharges. Complete with the patients’ home addresses, so you could go visit or bring them flowers or food or something. Keep in mind: that was 29 years ago.
And then ten years ago, if you walked up to the front desk to ask if your friend was in the hospital, they would tell you that they were not allowed to release that information. And now, if a wife goes to visit her dying husband, they won’t let her in the door because of COVID. And so, he dies alone. It seems like a minor point, how we handle our sick friends and neighbors. But our society is changing, rapidly. As the modern tribal left takes over, our society becomes more fragmented and hostile, and less community-oriented. Less human. This is hard to watch.
I would write a full post about it, to explore the idea in more depth. But it’s too depressing. I miss America.Published in