Friday Mailbag: Cops as Soldiers, Performative Politics, Consultants in Governance, and That Weird Thing I’m Holding During Live Streams


MINOT, N.D. — I’m writing this column on Thursday because, this same day, I’ll be getting my second shot of COVID-19 vaccination.

I chose Moderna, mostly because that’s what was available when I made my appointment, and the first shot knocked me for a loop for about 36 hours. I’m hoping this second shot won’t be as bad, but I took Friday off anyway, just in case.

Hopefully, I’ll just end up with a nice, long weekend. By the way, if you’re still on the fence about getting vaccinated, I hope you don’t listen to anyone on social media, or any politician, or even some lowly columnist who is telling you what to think about vaccinations. Instead, go have a conversation with your doctor, who not only has good information about the vaccines but knows better than anyone else what’s best for your specific health situation.

With that sermon over, to this week’s feedback! You can always reach me at Submissions used in the column may be edited for clarity and brevity.

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