Archive for January 18, 2021

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – This probably won’t be a popular opinion, but I have to be honest.

I am sick and tired of losing good people to coronavirus. A very good man died this week from Covid-19; he was 57 and had recently retired from teaching. He was a popular high school football coach during his career and highly regarded by his peers. He leaves behind a father, a brother, a sister, and two children.

My friend is but one example of the hundreds dead from this virus.

You can tell me that these people died from their comorbidities, from sepsis, from heart attack, whatever; the point is, they’d be alive still had they not contracted the coronavirus.

Another good friend of mine came down with Covid-19 over the Christmas break. She is in her 50s, and in excellent health. She has mostly recovered from her illness but is still recovering from the double pneumonia Covid brought to her. She’s being closely monitored for blood clots.

My stepson, a nurse, caught Covid from a patient. Young and in excellent health, he suffered greatly and was hospitalized for a week. Because the hospitals are full, he spent over 30 hours in the ER waiting for a room

I know people that I otherwise thought were intelligent, educated professionals who are refusing the vaccine because they’re convinced that the government is injecting something into them through the virus.

I can no longer pretend understanding for people who think the virus is a politically motivated hoax. Even those who believe government officials are using the virus for nefarious gain – to tank the economy, to promote themselves, whatever.

I have been called “delusional” because I believe the virus is real and that it will kill you. I do not care. Names do not hurt me.

I believe in the science.


And I am tired of watching friends suffer or die because people won’t wear a mask, are tired of wearing a mask, or think masks are stupid and useless. I am tired of parents sending their kids to school sick, while they wait on test results to come back. I am exhausted for the health care workers putting in twelve hour shifts laboring day after day to save people who are drowning in their own fluids because someone else thought this virus was a political tool.

We are so busy trying to solve the immediate crisis that we aren’t thinking too much about the coming mental health toll all this will bring.

Over the holiday season I have seen my social media filled with people gathering with family, extended family, and friends. I’ve seen photos of New Years celebrations, baby showers, football playoff parties, and birthday celebrations. And now the case numbers are higher than they’ve ever been. Go figure.

Deaths are rising too.

I know that people have to work, that the economy has to keep going. I get that. I see the benefit having the schools open has on our children.

But I’m past being patient with people who are too selfish to wear a mask and maybe save someone’s life.

I’m looking at the children of my friend who died yesterday and wondering how they will ever understand this.

Wear your mask. Get your vaccine. Let’s just please do our part to help end this and we can analyze conspiracy theories later.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

Tom Brady is once again going to a Conference Championship game having beat Drew (I’m so Sorry) Brees in the game that counted. Next week he faces Aaron Rogers for the chance to go for Lucky Ring Seven

I remember when the Patriots had a QB like that and so does every single Brady hater who celebrated his replacement by Cam Newton who in fairness was gotten for a bargain price. The Pats got exactly what they paid for.

One other interesting Tom Brady fact.

When Brady came to New England it has been more than a decade since any Boston team had won a Championship. You had to go back to the Celtics of Bird, the Bruins of Esposito and the Red Sox of Ruth to find them.

Once he got there within a decade every single team in the city had at least one title and and had gotten to at least the conference championship more than once.

Now that Brady is gone no Boston team made a conference championship and two didn’t even make the playoffs.

Meanwhile Tampa Bay’s Hockey Team won the Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay’s Baseball team went to the World Series and now their football team is off to the Conference Championship.

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Four years ago when Donald Trump was being sworn in their were riots and arson.

At least 217 people were arrested in the melees, police said…

…In the violence, knots of activists in black clothes and masks threw rocks and bottles at officers wearing riot gear, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades as a helicopter hovered low overhead.

Oddly enough nobody was blacklisted nor were companies pressured to stop doing business with people associated with Hillary Clinton.

I remember when an incoming president wasn’t afraid of the people and when

The New York Times is reporting that the New York Post no longer considers them or MSNBC or CNN or the Washington Post as reliable sources for stories.

Now while I think this is excellent advice and I would encourage such a decision from any source interested in fact, wouldn’t the story appearing in the Times be enough reason to doubt it?

A while back I pointed out that this was going to be Obama’s third term and that the idea that Joe Biden was in any sense in charge was a joke.

As I look at the people this incoming administration is choosing for positions I have yet to see any names that are deeply associated with Joe Biden which is a tad odd when you consider he has been in Washington since 1972 but all are associated with Barack Obama.

Back when LBJ took over from JFK after his assassination he make it a point that the people he would be appointing to positions were Johnson men, not Kennedy men but then again I remember the days when there was no doubt that the sitting President was the man in charge, although in fairness that façade will be kept up until Jan 21 2022 comes around, because as of that date the usefulness of that idiot will disappear.