Powerful message on Twitter from Bryan Health.
Carefully delivered by health care personnel.
"We care for you.
"But, as COVID-19 cases and deaths are mounting, we're asking you to care for us.
"Our teams are physically and emotionally strained.
"You know what to do to stop further spread.
"Do it for yourself, your family — and for us."
No direct mention of the M-word, the word that has become so oddly toxic, combative, divisive and political for so many people.
Just wear a mask. How hard is that?
It will save lives. Does that not matter?
To be really effective at a time when COVID-19 is surging across the country, including in Nebraska — in Lincoln, Omaha, in small towns and rural areas across the state — we can help protect each other's lives, as well as our own, if we do that simple little thing.
Just like we do by putting on a seat belt and stopping at stop signs and adhering to speed limits, all of which are restrictions on our freedom that we recognize as important and accept because they save lives.
"Everybody's got to do it," Dr. Anthony Fauci, our leader in this battle, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
With help on its way from a vaccine that may begin to become available in mid-to-late-December, he said, "there's no excuse not to do it now; we've got to hang together."
And then comes the next hurdle, Fauci said: "We've got to get people to take the vaccine. That's the next challenge."
Meanwhile, Nebraska Medicine in Omaha continues to increasingly push for "stronger public health measures" on its Twitter feed.
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It would be foolish and foolhardy to take an early look at the 2021 Legislature with so many balls in the air.
So, let's do it.
Basics: 32 Republicans; 17 Democrats; nonpartisan Legislature; Republican governor dealing with his final collection of state senators during the final two years of his governorship.
Unexpected surplus of state revenue on hand providing an opportunity to invest in and construct a stronger university, swiftly fund and implement expanded Medicaid coverage for the working poor, speed up reaction to ongoing corrections institution challenges, build the state's future.
In the private sector, that's called investment; in government, it's labeled as spending.
You probably can safely bet that the bulk of that money will be shoved right out the door, essentially rejected, largely allocated to property tax relief.
Return to sender.
That's a political judgment that the Legislature is elected to make.
Redistricting will be the shiny new object, a fascinating exercise that shows up every 10 years, paraded in the spotlight, but essentially resolved in the shadows behind closed doors largely located outside the Capitol with the Republican Party and GOP officeholders starring as off-stage performers.
Gov. Dave Heineman played a decisive, perhaps even commanding, role in 2011; will Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2021?
Nebraskans missed an opportunity this year to reform that process and distance it from partisan and party control by turning the initial redistricting task over to a nine-member citizens commission, which would recommend new district maps to the Legislature for its approval.
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to accomplish that change shelved a petition drive to place the issue on the November ballot as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Opportunity missed.
Some interesting new faces will show up in this new Legislature.
Mike Flood will be back, returning to a familiar battleground filled with largely unfamiliar faces. Flood led the Legislature as its Speaker before he was removed by term limits.
He'll be a leader; the only question is in what role at the beginning.
There is one more fundamental change ahead: No Ernie.
And that raises a question: With the term-limited removal of Sen. Ernie Chambers, will this coming session really be official?
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* It's a long way to Jan. 20 and who knows what's coming in the next 66 days. Buckle up.
* A Husker win — and they do look better.
* A peek ahead to 2021: Huskers play Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin at home and Oklahoma at Norman. Plus Illinois in Ireland.
Photos: The scene in Lincoln with much of city shut down
City Council distancing
Gameday empty Saturday
Thank you Bryan West
No fans allowed
Volleyball social distancing
Boo at the Zoo
Downtown mask art
Marching band competition
East Campus proposed budget cuts
No Football Saturday
UNL in-person class
Farmers Market influencers
Weeping Water vs. Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan
First day of middle school
First day of school
Pius X volleyball practice
City Council BLM protest
Rally and hearing
Lancaster County Super Fair
LPS board meeting
Meatpacking workers rally
Lincoln Northeast graduation
Gov. Ricketts address Legislature
Masked Archie the Mammoth
First Jury Trial in Four Months
Lincoln Community Playhouse
The Kindler Hotel
Garth Brooks Drive-In Concert
Urban Air Adventure Park
Gere Branch Library
Music on the Move
Bars Opening in Lincoln
LPS Teachers Retirement
Holmes Lake Manor Horse Visit
Lancaster County Courthouse
Church Social Distancing
Children of Smithfield
Parkview Christian Teacher Appreciation Day
Lincoln Christian 2020 Seniors
Test Nebraska site
Drive-Thru Career Fair
Center for People In Need food distribution
Masks For Truckers
Teacher and Staff Parade
Virtual City Council
Good Friday Music
Masks on a walk
Watch: A timelapse of the mural at Saro Cider
Watch: Hand sanitizer rolls off Innovation Campus assembly line
No fun here
Tower Square sign
WATCH: Celebrating a birthday with a parade
Simpsons in the windows
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing
UNL Beekeeping virtual class
Lincoln Lutheran Online Teaching
Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or email@example.com.
On Twitter @LJSdon
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