How are you holding up? My Thoughts and Prayers to you and all during this unprecedented season!
The 2020 Census is underway. We need everyone to be counted. The numbers determine our representation in government and what monies will be available to us in the coming ten years. Among various correspondence you should have received with a United States Census 2020 label in the upper left corner was one that invited you to respond to the questionnaire online at my2020census.gov and provide you with a 12 character, alpha-numeric Census ID to unlock the site.
It says that it is a short 10-minute form. I finished in roughly 5-minutes for my family of five. I felt it took longer for my Frontier connection to pull things up than actually completing the survey. That can’t be right. In short, it asked who resides at the address and for race and ethnicity. The letter also states that if the form isn’t received online that a paper questionnaire will be mailed to your address. If you have questions or need assistance completing the 2020 Census, you may call toll-free 844-330-2020.
I have a bucket full of frustrations with the Covid-19 pandemic. Number 1 on the list; I miss you. Being told to shelter in place is a challenge. There are too few individuals that have any experience with times like this. I have survived the 1970’s recession, dot.com bubble, and the housing meltdown. The extent of my injuries being a hit on my pride; we lost our home to foreclosure. It was little consolation to receive a settlement check from a fine the government imposed on the mortgage company for fraudulent practices. We went from the frying pan into the fire, plunging out of a market that had an overabundance of inventory in houses for sale (that most were now unable to qualify to buy) and into a rental market that was price gouging.
I fear that this lack of expertise will be our undoing. We in the US are a nation of instant gratification and little preparation. Now it bites us in the bum! Yet again, we drive right into playing into the hands of those that we call our leaders; those that I have little faith in. It was set up from the beginning that the masses should have the say and that it was their right for freedom and liberty. Why do the few have so much power over the many?
At no time in the history of the United States of America have we the citizens had so many of our liberties stripped from us. Neither has there been a period when our government has deprived so many of making a living. It isn’t a virus that is our undoing, but the lack of a paycheck. Do you hear the cry that I’m the government and I’m here to help? This next 4-6 weeks will be a pivotal point in world history, I fear it is not at all what we are being told to fear.
Get outside and soak in the sunshine as much as you can within the constraints that our government officials have decreed. I invite you to join members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a fast this Sunday, March 29th. Our purpose is five-fold:
1) To ask the Lord to bless and inspire our leaders and their efforts to protect all people and address the challenges we face.
2) To pray for all those who are suffering.
3) That hearts will be softened and turned toward Jesus Christ.
4) To pray for spiritual strength to overcome fear and anxiety, for inspiration to protect ourselves and families, and for awareness and ability to minister to those in need.
5) To pray for increased understanding and personal revelation with respect to General Conference and the bicentennial of the restoration.
This will bless all of us in these trying times.
■ Scott Arens is a resident of Arbuckle. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org