Just saw this news in the New York Times.
McCarthy said ““Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, ….” and so on. Denying them a voice? I’m sure they will have an opportunity to speak … under oath, on the witness stand.
According to the CDC and common sense.
For vaccinated people the risk is minimal – probably about the same level of risk as the COVID-deniers claimed everyone’s risk was at the start of the pandemic. It’s up to each vaccinated person to decide if the risk is worth it. For me personally, as long as the cases of new infections are in single digits in my area (about the size of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined with a population half the size of Vermont) and the Delta variant is absent, I take the chance of going maskless most of the time. But this is a big tourist area, so I am being cautious, hoping that the flatlanders haven’t brought more virus into the area. We’ll see where things are in a couple of weeks.
It would have been nice if the rules and mandates had stayed in place until more people were vaccinated, but we are fortunate to have had the rules as long as we did.
My biggest worry is that there are enough unvaccinated people going maskless to keep pockets of infection that will inevitably mutate to a variant that my vaccine can’t handle.
People who aren’t vaccinated that are around other people who aren’t vaccinated should still be wearing masks. Children too young for the currently available vaccines should still be wearing masks, but I see way too many of them maskless.
I put some on the ceiling when my boys were toddlers. After many years the adhesive on the stars began to fail and there’d be glowing stars on the floor every now and then. The boys are both in their 30s now and there are still a few stars on the ceiling, still glowing every night.
Raccoons are rare here, but not as rare as they were 10 years ago. “Up North” keeps getting warmer and we now have critters that used to be found only south of us.
Your mountain lions and coyotes are probably taking care of the chipmunks for you. We don’t have any large predators here, just medium sized ones like foxes, hawks, and fox snakes. I used to have inside/outside cats that did a good job of pest control but when they crossed the rainbow bridge and we got 8 week old kittens from the shelter, we decided to have indoor-only cats. So last summer I was overrun with chipmunks. This year they are not quite as bad. Maybe the snakes have gotten big enough to do something about them.