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  • Editors’ Note January 19, 2021 by webadminpcw - Instead of our usual original article, we have decided to use this issue to make two appeals, one financial and one editorial, which you can read below. We also strongly recommend that you read the sidebar in which we summarize articles published elsewhere that we believe are “Worth Reading.” The most important events of the past two weeks have been discussed widely and capably by commentators whom we read and respect. As a result, none of us has found a better way to explain, summarize or refute their points. Instead of making an unsuccessful try, we decide to curate those articles and recommend the five we found most interesting and thought-provoking. We will be back in two weeks, as opinionated as ever.
  • An Appeal January 19, 2021 by webadminpcw - Since we started publication in 2019, there have been 40 issues of the Chesapeake Observer and the editors are very gratified with how our readership has grown. Until now, we have supported the journal out of our own pockets, with the intention that at some point it should become self-supporting. We are now asking for the first time for contributions to support publication of the journal.
  • An Invitation January 19, 2021 by webadminpcw - Though we enjoy writing about topics that interest us and on which we have some knowledge, it was never our goal to include only our own voices in this journal. Once again, we invite readers to submit to us articles on topics of current interest that have important implications for the future.
  • Thinking About Things: What Will They Do Without Trump to Bash? January 5, 2021 by John DeQ. Briggs - First of all, good riddance to 2020 and welcome 2021! Second, no year is off to a proper start without a look back at the prior year through the memorable eyes and hilarious brain of Dave Barry. However bad 2020 was, his review of it is enough to bring laughing tears to the eyes of left and right alike. Indeed, he is one of the few people left in the world who can skewer everyone with a light touch and not seem generally, well, hateful - without that special malice which seems to so afflict the left. His column is here, sadly behind the Washington Post paywall for some. Dave Barry’s 2020. Third, I have been wondering what all those reporters, their staffs, the editors, OpEd writers, late-night comedians, Big Tech, the universities and their academic apparatchiks, sonorous and not so sonorous voices on public and private radio, and the rest of the center left will do once the curtain finally falls on the remnants of the Trump administration. Certainly, the New York Times writers seem as energetic as ever - even just yesterday exclaiming about the “lack of decency” in the country, especially that part of it that might…
  • A Letter to Our Readers from the Chesapeake Observer Editors December 22, 2020 by webadminpcw - This holiday season, we ask each of you to join us in sending to our state and county health authorities the suggestion that, as a matter of common sense, they provide for vaccination certificates immediately. To date, there is a dearth of specific information regarding the timing and distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations, except for health care workers and those in long term residential care facilities. Moreover, there is no plan that we have seen that ensures that those who elect to receive Covid-19 vaccinations will be provided with a certificate attesting to that inoculation. In decades past, international travelers were advised or, depending on destination, required to have a record of their vaccinations recorded in a “yellow book” or some other official document.
  • Editors Note December 8, 2020 by webadminpcw - Once again, the three editors have combined forces to comment on the men and women who have been or might be named to head Cabinet Departments under a Biden-Harris Administration. As of this issue, there is little to go on for some important departments, so that we only cover those departments for which current announcements and rumors reveal likely directions for policy. We will return to this topic in future issues.
  • Thinking About Things: Ruminations about The Biden Justice Department December 8, 2020 by John DeQ. Briggs - We have a greater opportunity than normal this edition to engage in rank speculation and congenial rumination about what various facets of the Biden administration might look like. My remit for the moment is the Justice Department and some of its constituent pieces.
  • Biden’s National Security Team December 8, 2020 by Matthew Daley - President-elect Biden has started to form his national security team with several announcements being made, apart from the Department of Defense where a vigorous debate is raging behind the scenes. Anthony Blinken has been chosen as Secretary of State, Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary for Homeland Security and John Kerry as Special Envoy for Climate Change. Of this group, only John Kerry could fairly be described as a “household name” and we can only speculate about the significance of lodging the position of Special Envoy for Climate Change with cabinet rank under the national security umbrella.
  • Energy and Environmental Policy December 8, 2020 by W. David Montgomery - The choice of Janet Yellen as Secretary of Treasury raises interesting questions about the direction of energy and environmental policy in a future Biden-Harris administration. There are as yet only rumors of possible heads for the Energy and Transportation Departments, Environmental Protection Agency and Council on Environmental Quality, but they are sufficient to foresee the broad outlines of policy.
  • The American Right to Work Under COVID-19 November 24, 2020 by Guest Author - “Man produces himself through labor.” Marx’s seminal insight speaks to the psychological effects of the American response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The psychological health of the human person, regardless of his gender, race, ethnicity, class, or status, is coupled to work. Persons create and recreate themselves through work. Persons who choose not to work alienate themselves from the fullness of human living. Persons who are proscribed from working are disenfranchised from their immanent right to live and be. The therapeutic effects of work have been largely ignored by the political-economics of COVID-19. The omission is remarkable given the appeals to “science” commonly voiced by US political representatives and public health officials. NIAID Director Fauci’s sermons to the American public exemplify this deficiency. His exclusive COVID-19 focus on support for shutdowns and mass sequestrations disregards the total health of the individual. There is little science in the straight up death counts that have shaped the public discourse about the pandemic. The numbers are easily misinterpreted when separated from their greater context, remarkably susceptible to sensationalistic readings, and liable to political machination.