Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:
The Valdosta Daily Times on Gov. Brian Kemp extending Georgia’s coronavirus restrictions:
Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions is hollow and of little consequence.
His gutted restrictions are meaningless unless enforced. Going on another two weeks with unenforced minimal restrictions will not change the course of this virus.
The best protection for all of us is to wear masks and to socially distance but Kemp refuses to issue a mask requirement and will not enforce restrictions on large gatherings.
So, what’s the point?
His extension is a token gesture.
The order is now set to expire Oct. 31.
It offers some moderate restrictions for visiting senior care facilities that have already been in place. It continues guidelines for restaurants and bars with few restrictions. It extends the supposed ban on gatherings of 50 people or more but that restriction has long been a joke across Georgia.
The state has not enforced it, and leaders have even flaunted large gatherings not the least of which are political rallies, including President Donald Trump’s rally Friday at the airport in Macon.
Kemp’s extension does authorize Georgia cities and counties to pass face covering requirements but while some local governments have issued those orders, enforcement appears to be nonexistent.
People are still getting infected.
People are still being hospitalized.
People are still dying.
The numbers of hospitalizations and deaths slowly began to decline across the state and that is very good news, but across the nation numbers are climbing and climbing fast.
Our worst fears are that as we head toward colder weather, a surge in Georgia is not far off. A second wave could be worse than ever and so much of it could be avoided if we all did the right things.
Face coverings work.
Social distancing works.
Toothless, unenforced guidelines serve no purpose.
We encourage all of you to do the right things, the responsible things and wear masks, avoid gatherings, socially distance and wash your hands frequently.
The Brunswick News on deadly violence against children in Georgia:
For all that is good and holy, why is there a sudden upsurge in deadly or potentially deadly violence against young children in this state? Just recently, a 12-year-old was shot to death in Northeast Georgia, a 9-year-old was stabbed to death in Tifton and two 12-year-olds were shot in broad daylight in a public park not too far from here.
It’s almost as if the proclivity toward violence infecting some adults has seeped down into younger generations. Question is, why?
In the most recent attack, a 12-year-old girl was shot and killed in a mobile home park in Clayton County. Police remained clueless Thursday over whatever confrontation occurred that ended in the death of the child and continued to investigate the lethal attack Friday.
A week ago Friday, two 12-year-old girls were walking in a public park in Savannah shortly after noon when accosted by two masked males in what police said was an attempted robbery. The two girls were shot, but the adult they were with was not. Fortunately, the bullet wounds were not life-threatening and the pair was treated at a hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
Unfortunately, the 9-year-old girl stabbed earlier this month was not so lucky. She died, and police have the suspected killer in custody — an 18-year-old man. The child’s mother found her lifeless body when she returned from work.
A lack of child care could play a role in some of these incidents. The preteens in Clayton County and in Tift County were apparently alone at home when killed.
Whatever the reason or reason, this is a wake up call. Communities must find a way to protect their young — all of their young.
If child care is an issue or one of the issues, perhaps the church community could step up and offer their services free.