Monday, August 3, 2020


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    Editorial: How are you doing?

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    Survey: Local parents want daily in-person teaching

    “I really don’t think that 40% of all people are not going to send their kid to school.”

    Tales of Trails: Savor spectacular views from thrilling Shafer Trail

    In the 1890s, Moab pioneer brothers Frank M. And John S. Shafer developed the route from what had been a Native American pathway connecting what is now Canyonlands National Park to the river below.

    At 99, Moab man is knighted by France

    “The French people will never forget his courage and devotion to the great cause of freedom,”

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 4: ‘A year in the land of eternal spring’

    Though I planned to return someday, whether as a Peace Corps volunteer or not, this experience proved that even the best-laid plans go awry.

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 3: Sudden departure came with painful goodbyes

    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.
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    The inability of the public to engage with public officials and employees might be one of the more frustrating aspects of living through a pandemic: the shuttering of whole sectors of the economy — the sectors that heavily rely on walk-in customers — is undoubtedly the most frightening.

    While financial stress is a heavy burden during normal times, these are not normal times. There are no jobs and Grand County leads the State of Utah in job loss on a per capita basis.

    There is the virus itself. The isolation, whether voluntary or involuntary; the social distancing requirements, the call to constantly wash hands, the fear of not only getting infected, but passing it on.

    All of us here in Moab and Grand County, indeed, all of us on the planet, are enduring what mental health experts refer to as a radical life event. While we can’t solve the COVID-19 problem, we here at The Times-Independent can provide an outlet for expression.

    And so we ask you, the reader, how are you doing? What are you doing to get through the day? Are you coping or unraveling? Are you ready to open up and let fate do its thing or do you think our community should stay closed for a few more weeks?

    Send us a letter or drop us a note via email at, U.S. mail at 35 E. Center St., Box 129, Moab, UT, 84532, or online via this story posted to our Facebook page. Add #rantsandraves to your post or letter.

    We’ll pick several comments that represent a broad cross section of your sentiments and run them as a regular “Rants and Raves” every Thursday on the Opinion page.

    Together, we’ll get through this — hopefully with our humor and sanity intact.

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