Glendale’s love of truck stops
How important have your neighbors been during the COVID-19 crisis? Most likely a lot. A large group of neighbors in the Bethany Home/Cotton Lane area west of the 303 is fighting to keep their neighborhood a neighborhood.
Glendale has annexed and rezoned a square mile of farmland and readying to plant a new crop, a 50-bay Loves Travel Center and multistory warehouses at the northwest corner of Bethany Home and the 303. A quarter mile away are houses and a half mile farther and beyond, more communities and schools. All close enough to bear the brunt of air pollution, environment pollution, sound pollution, traffic congestion and crime totally absent in the neighborhood today.
Diesel smell 24/365; concentrated airborne diesel particulate matter; children subjected to the grid of truck stop roughnecks and petty criminals; property values plummeting. You probably wouldn’t want your neighborhood to become an industrial blight, and if so, we need your help.
The Glendale City Council has scheduled a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at City Hall to discuss rezoning for a truck stop. If the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, the City Council might hold a virtual meeting; details can be found at the Glendale’s website. Please contact council members by email—their addresses are on the website (glendaleaz.com, then “Your Government”)—and/or attend the meeting to find out how “beautiful and desirable” a Loves Travel Center will make our neighborhood.
Let’s hear it from the protesters—not
It’s pretty pathetic when a group of protesters can’t wait 10 days to see if the specialists who are directing the pandemic can knowingly tell us if it is safe to open the states’ economies. We are all in the same boat unless you wish to join the protesters who evidently are from the Titanic. There is nothing wrong with people getting in their car and taking a ride to get out of the house. I do it myself.
If I get out of my car, my mask is on till I get back in. If driving to a park and sitting there enjoying the scenery, even from your car, gets you out of the house, go for it! If the park is empty, it’s safe to take a walk and easy to social distance if somebody else shows up. I’m sure some of the national parks that are not packed with visitors will open soon.
Why on Earth don’t the protesters use their brains? We are so close to being at the end of the quarantine and they want to risk sending us back to day No. 1 so we can start all over again. Patience is truly a virtue. It’s all over TV that it’s possible to catch coronavirus a second time. If the protesters know more than the medical specialists and governors, why aren’t they taking Dr. Fauci’s and Dr. Birx’s places on TV so we can get this quarantine over with?
President Trump should have these “specialists” on stage next to him—hopefully wearing masks. If the protesters actually succeed in getting the professionals to see things their way and all hell breaks loose with the pandemic, killing 20 million like in 1918, somebody better hope that any alien life on another planet may come to our rescue.
That short taste of getting out of the house without a mask, when even the specialists are not sure how to handle this pandemic, can surely doom civilization as we know it. When the protesters wake up dead, it will be too late to save the planet. We were all supposed to “be in this together,” but a few decided to get in their cars and parade in front of the state Capitol, either in cars or on foot, with many not bothering to wear masks and very few signs of social distancing.
If I gave my true feelings in words that can really tell it like it is, I’d be accused of “name-calling,” so I’ll just leave it like it is. You protesters better have some pretty good medical credentials to show us the next time you think you know more about a pandemic that even our present medical professionals find hard to cope with. This coronavirus is beyond any pandemic that has been on Earth.
The human race: plagues, epidemics and pandemics
The human race has been at war with microscopic pathogens since the dawn of time. The 10 Plagues of Egypt of the Old Testament, the Black Death of the 14th century, malaria, TB, cholera, polio, syphilis, measles and AIDS are just a few examples. George Washington fought a war and an epidemic of smallpox. John Adams dealt with a plague of yellow fever. FDR had polio. Ronald Reagan faced the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Donald Trump is tackling the coronavirus.
There are two characteristics of our tiny enemies that are crucial in understanding their characteristics. They are transmissibility and lethality. To put it simply, it means how effective the organism is in moving from one person to another and how many does it kill. The 1918 flu moved rapidly from one person to another and killed 100 million people. The common cold moves easily but isn’t lethal. Ebola was lethal but not a pandemic.
The 2019 novel coronavirus is nasty. It has moved rapidly around the world and has the capacity to cause significant numbers of deaths. We need the best and brightest of science from around the world to find a treatment and a vaccine. This war is in its earliest stages.
Dr. Leonard Kirschner, MPH
Col. U.S. Air Force (Retired)
AHCCCS Director (1987-93)
Past President, AARP Arizona