While encouraging masks, the Trump Administration never

required them at events. When Trump and many inner circle members got sick, I suspect that cost him votes. California Governor Gavin Newsom has restricted dining group numbers for his 39.5 million constituents, even urging mask-wearing between bites. Imagine his dismay after photos emerged of his recent $350-per- person private dinner party in California’s Wine Country. Newsom, his wife and 10 medical doctors and lobbyists sat shoulder to shoulder without a mask in sight. It was a public relations nightmare. In addition to the

mask fiasco, they dined where wildfires had ravaged cities, homes and businesses, displacing thousands of residents. Charred ruins surround the famous restaurant. Newsom, his advisers and the doctors clearly never

expected a media “outing.” Did getting caught force Newsom’s “mea culpa” apology or was it sincere? A three-week outdoor dining ban in Los Angeles began

despite an admission among health commissioners they lacked supporting scientific data. Hundreds of small restaurants already spent thousands to renovate and comply with prior summer outside dining mandates. Thanksgiving was hard on millions of families like mine who canceled travel plans. Not so for Denver, Colorado’s mayor. He begged people to stay home before boarding a plane to visit his mother in Mississippi. Didn’t everyone understand that Chicago’s mayor needed hair color? She explained that as a “public person,” she must look good. I guess so since she attended an outside Biden victory celebration without a mask. Finally, House Speaker and fashionista Nancy Pelosi of

San Francisco, America’s third in power, even has her own mask collection to match her outfits. But, during California’s salon shutdown, Pelosi was indignant when camera video showed her walking throughout the salon with hair color and no mask. I could continue, but you get the point. As long as many politicians view themselves as above the fray from the little people, maintaining commercial stability will resemble walking a tightrope. If my own family was still in business, 50 years of hard work would face that risk.

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Sorry for the “snark,” but I hate seeing responsible people suffer with little voice in their own destinies. We have all sacrificed. It’s time the powerful get their collective acts together and walk the same walk they expect from us. Everyone agrees the vaccines can’t come soon enough. Even during WWII, England’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth refused to send Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to Canada as protection from German bombers. The Queen stated, “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.” The young Princesses moved to Windsor Castle in

1940. They understood that millions of children were at equal risk and they had to face the dangers together. Happy holidays. Here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2021.

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