This Covid-19 pandemic has wrought unimaginable destruction globally; to state that is to state the obvious. It will be exhaustively documented in the history books, and will be talked of by our grandchildren for decades to come. Colossal events, whether cataclysmic or beneficent, work lasting changes upon the human story. What such changes will the Covid’s visitation create in Cape May County?

When we pause to pay homage to those who gave so much to create this unique nation which we are all so privileged to call our home, I think it crosses our minds to question whether this current generation of Americans would be up to the task, if we were called on to be as brave and selfless as they were. I believe that there is a strong tendency to fear that, if we were, we’d be found wanting.

“Judith, I don’t understand why I get so nervous when we do a group on Zoom. I take the medication the psychiatrist prescribed for me, but I feel so silly. Am I alone, or are others as worried about using zoom as I am?” 

We all become mirrors of what influences us most. Like it or not, we can learn more about what a person believes by how a person behaves.

I am very upset that my church remains closed in Green Creek, while liquor stores, etc., are allowed open.  Churches are not even allowed to have services in their cars.

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out.  Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own lives while doing so.

After watching President Trump uncover dirty tricks aimed at removing him from office by State Department, DOJ, FBI, CIA , and other federal departments' employees,  the importance in our democracy of  sunshine and government transparency has been  proven..

My wife, Patricia, and I were chatting with some of our neighbors over the weekend, at a safe distance, of course, and they asked if we thought God was responsible for the coronavirus. 

National Day of Prayer was May 7. Since we were not allowed to gather in Court House to pray together, I wanted to share my prayer on behalf of all of us, at The Lighthouse Church.

The last few months have been a whirlwind. The COVID-19 virus has taken over our everyday lives...or has it? I am not trying to minimize the virus in any way, but truth be told, most people reading this have not been diagnosed with COVID-19.

As we adjust to our new realities during this pandemic, we must soon turn our attention to the New Jersey primary election on July 7th. One of the most important decisions for Democrats in South Jersey lies in electing our candidate for the US House of Representatives in the 2nd congressional district currently occupied by Jeff Van Drew.

I read a Spout Off with great interest about the Wildwood track still being opened.

After watching TV news and newspaper coverage of the “Reopen Protests” I’ve come to a conclusion. The first amendment protects two important rights, “Freedom of speech and assembly.” These rights also protect a person’s right to make a fool of himself and do dumb things.

In the words of William Shakespeare, “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day”. Never have Macbeth’s words sounded so familiar or felt so deeply than at this difficult time of isolation, cancellations and disappointments.

There has been a lot of frightening information in the news regarding COVID-19 and long-term care facilities/ nursing homes. I would like to acknowledge the positive work of a group of incredibly dedicated people at Genesis Court House Center in Court House.

A nurse has told us that surgical masks at the medical facility where she works are in such short supply, and are being recycled after being sanitized.

Yellow Cab of Wildwood in Cape May County has been off the road since March 17, 2020, so as not to cause any harm to local residents. This step was taken to protect our loyal customers along with our drivers to keep everyone safe. 

Like most of your constituents I have been staying home during this war on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic instead of driving School Bus A2 and my Very Special Kids to and from school.

There is a story about an American who traveled to Paris. Wanting to buy his wife a gift, he purchased a phosphorescent mother-of-pearl match-box container.

What is this Invisible Monster that has invaded the World? Where did it really come from? Why is it so mean? It has disrupted everyone's once "Normal Life.”

Lost in the tragedy and the hysteria of the Covid infection is the 2020 census. 

I was very disappointed and even embarrassed to read some of the articles recently published in the Herald. People are fighting for their lives.

The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs is now finding out that the VA Hospitals are ill equipped to handle the (war), coronavirus. Surprise - they have known for years that the VA system is broken and has been broken.

I am really amazed, when looking at what is happening to our country right now. Two or three people, with at best incomplete science, can shut down, in just a few days, the greatest country in the world. They did this with a minimum of push back from elected officials, from the press, from lawyers, and anyone else.

When I think of what this country accomplished during World War II  compared to the current Dovid-19 pandemic, it boggles my mind. During the World War II years, we trained hundreds of thousands of men and women, providing them with uniforms, housing, food and whatever tools they needed to carry out their missions.

I want to respond to the surge in opinions concerning the tensions being voiced from second home owners as they contemplate or actually visit their second homes. 

In the words of William Shakespeare, “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day." Never have Macbeth’s words sounded so familiar or felt so deeply than at this difficult time of isolation, cancellations and disappointments.

We welcome and appreciate second-home owners. They help us pay to educate our children and to pay our firemen and police, and a variety of delicious eateries. We have more summer traffic but it's better than the ghost town emptiness of winter.

My wife and I chose to hunker down during this crisis of Biblical proportions at our permanent residence – Diamond Beach, not at our snowbird, Naples Florida condo, nor the Moorestown in-law quarters my daughter and son-in-law built for us while I conducted my semi-retired line of work.

This pandemic caught everyone off guard. Nobody said last year that they were hoping 2020 would be known as the year we would all miss something we enjoy, children would miss their friends, athletes would miss their sports, seniors would miss their graduations, and adults would miss their jobs.

Will the beaches open? Will the restaurants open? Will the Amusements open? What will it be like? Will it be like last year, with everything teaming? Will people continue to shy away from one another - while wearing their masks?

I want to say thank you to all essential workers on the frontlines who continue to report to their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic while the rest of us remain at home. 

We read a Letter to the Editor that was published in the Cape May County Herald on April 15, 2020, referring to concerns about new Coast Guard recruits coming to the Training Base Cape May. Among the concerns raised in the letter was that new recruits could be bringing the COVID-19 virus with them and cause an outbreak at the base and in the greater Cape May area. 

Recently Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, was asked by a congressional committee about the cost and affordability of possible vaccines to combat the coronavirus (one by Sanofi and one by Johnson and Johnson).

It’s time to get this country open for business, sooner rather than later, or face much more dire consequences than the health risks caused by COVID-19. 

During this crucial time in our world's history, we have seen the best and the worst of humanity. We see courage, compassion, dedication and determination.

With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us April 22, we are already reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by severely curtailing travel. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products.

Regardless of one's party affiliation, they must concede that Donald J. Trump has an inflated ego.

The current pandemic virus points out weaknesses in our support systems. We needed temporary hospitals so they were built. Now we can see the impact on homeless families and veterans.

Nostalgia has always been in style. No matter what day and age we might live in, there is always a contingent that looks fondly on the good old days and has a tendency to make that stroll down memory lane better than it was.

More people than ever are using the Middle Township bike path. It’s one of the best things that the municipality ever created, at least in my estimation. It’s relatively easy to navigate, with the exception of a few nasty bumps, caused by tree roots just toward the County Park from the Atlantic City Electric Co. substation. 

Humankind, by our nature, thrives on attention and adulation. We are enamored by celebrities, powerful leaders, status, and laud everything with high standing, notable visibility.

The COVID trial has created a regrettable, but totally understandable rift between those of us who call Cape May County home year-round and those who enjoy its pleasures only part time. What seasonal residents are hearing and reading is that they should stay away, and not bring their infecti…

As our society tries to navigate through these “tides” of uncertainty (COVID -19), many sports-minded people are trying to go through normal routines of getting outdoors and participating in physical activities or sitting back and enjoying whatever TV provides.

While I can appreciate the sincerity of Public Affairs Officer Chief Warrant Officer Timothy Tamargo in stating that “Recruits in transit to Cape May undergo an advanced screening for symptoms at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) prior to arrival at Cape May,” (April 1 “Training Center Prepares for COVID-19”) I would like to offer some perspective on this current situation. 

A coalition of several businesses in New Jersey has called for a Cap-and-Trade program across the Mid-Atlantic States, citing an article March 14, NJSpotlight.com.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and our attention turns to ways we can support children who have experienced abuse or neglect.