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Disclaimer: The comments in this blog are my personal opinion and may or may not reflect an adopted position of the city of Glendale and its city council.

At about 6 PM today Governor Ducey announced closures in Maricopa, Pinal, Coconino, Navajo and Graham counties, all of which have confirmed cases of CoronaVirus. The Executive Order requires restaurants to provide dine-out services only and they can deliver your favorite alcoholic beverage along with your meal. He also closed movie theaters, gyms and bars.

The Order preserves Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for those providers and facilities that are dealing with the virus; delays expiration dates on driver licenses and stops all elective surgeries. He is activating the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks, all of which are dealing with a surge in demand.

All of this takes effect tomorrow, Friday, March 20th at the close of business. Congratulations to the Governor. I publicly thank him for taking this action to protect the health and safety of all Arizona residents. I stand behind him 100%. I applaud his action and will do whatever is required to assist him as Arizona works its way through this national emergency. Well done! Thank you!

Arizona now has 44 confirmed cases. The number remains low as there are not a lot of testing kits available. As they become more plentiful we will see that number rise dramatically. I found a neat site to which I direct your attention. It is www.ncov2019.live  . It was developed by a teenager and has quickly become a “go to” site for up-to-date numbers on CoronaVirus, worldwide by country and state by state in the United States. I try to check it once in the morning and once at night.

All grocery stores are providing senior hours to shop. This morning I took my 90 year old brother-in-law to a local Safeway to pick up some basics. I was shocked. There was no bread. There was no margarine. The only meats available were the high priced, very lean hamburger at $4.99 a pound and the most expensive cuts of beef such as steak. No staples like rice or beans unless you wanted to pay $5 for some exotic box of rice you’ve never heard of. They did have 5# bags of potatoes (one to a customer) but no Kraft Mac n Cheese. There wasn’t even a single can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti.  In fact, there were no pasta products to be had. Forget sanitizing products.  I could go on but you get the picture.   

Has everyone’s family suddenly ballooned to 20 members? The hoarding has become unsustainable and mind boggling. Maybe it’s time to limit the quantity of ordinary items such as these, to two per customer. I wish everyone would get a grip and start to think of others and their needs as well. Needless to say my brother-in-law filled about half a dozen items on his list. Looks like another trip will be necessary…maybe in about a week. Hopefully, the panic buying will have subsided.

© Joyce Clark, 2020         

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It has been 17 years and 319 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

We are a compassionate country but I hope we are not a stupid country. Why would we accept healthy, young Syrian men who most assuredly hold belief in Sharia Law? Why are these young men not on their country’s battlefield? Accept women and children, for they are the true victims in so many ways.   As the Syrian Yazidi Christians were being slaughtered earlier this year and we saw the beheading of Christians and heard that their women were sold into slavery where was the administration outrage? Why did we not hear the administration offering to accept 10,000 of the Yazidi?

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I have never been more concerned. I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding. They’ve just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country.”

At least sixteen governors have said that they will not accept Syrian refugees. I applaud Governor Ducey’s decision to not accept refugees. In his statement he said, “Given the horrifying events in Paris last week, I am calling for an immediate halt in the placement of any new refugees in Arizona. As governor, I am invoking our state’s right under 8 USC, Section 1522 (a), to receive immediate consultation by federal authorities per the United States Refugee Act, and that the federal government take into account the concerns and recommendations of the state of Arizona as they are required to under federal law, in our efforts to keep our homeland safe. I also call on Congress and the President to immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees. These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens.”

Did you know there are 10 federally affiliated refugee processing centers in Arizona? One in Glendale; five in Phoenix; and four in Tucson. Have they processed any of the 10,000 Syrian refugees being held in New Orleans? The information on refugee locations is courtesy of Dawn Monaghan via Brad Richdale:

http://www.wrapsnet.org/Portals/1/Affiliate%20Directory%20Posting/FY%202014%20Affiliate%20Directory/21Nov14_Public%20Affiliate%20directory.pdf

Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Office of Admissions – Refugee Processing Center

Affiliate Directory

International Rescue Committee Address:

4425 West Olive Avenue, Suite 400

Glendale, AZ 85302-3847

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Address:

3443 N. Central Ave., North Rotunda

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services Address:

10240 North 31st Avenue, Suite 112

Phoenix, AZ 85051

Refugee Focus Address:

3443 N. Central Ave, North Rotunda

Phoenix, AZ 85012

CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES Address:

1825 W Northern Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85021-5298

Catholic Charities Community Services Address:

615 West Pierson Street

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Refugee Focus Address:

120 N. Stone Ave., Suite #220R

Tucson, AZ 85701

International Rescue Committee Address:

3100 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 101

Tucson, AZ 85719

Refugee Focus Address:

120 N. Stone Ave. Suite# 220R

Tucson, AZ 85701

Catholic Migration & Refugee Services Address:

140 W. Speedway Blvd #130

Tucson, AZ 85705

Yes, we remain a compassionate country that will accept your tired, your hungry and your poor but we are not a stupid country that willingly will accept terrorists whose only mandate is to destroy the Inifidel…us.

© Joyce Clark, 2015

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