It’s Time to Bring Back the in-Person Town Halls


MINOT, N.D. — Things are beginning to get back to normal, as they should.

While there are still reasons to be wary, the scourge that is the COVID-19 virus is receding in our state. As I write this, on Memorial Day Monday, the total number of active cases in North Dakota stands at just 411. That’s an 85 percent decline since December 14, when the first doses of vaccine were made available here.

By the time you read this, the active case count will almost certainly be lower.

The proliferation of the vaccine continues, too, despite frustrating but accurate headlines about hesitancy in our region. The pace is not as rapid as March, when over 6,000 shots were delivered per day on average, or April, when that number was nearly 4,000, but in May, despite the vaccine becoming a front in our insipid culture wars, we still managed over 1,600 shots per day.

The more shots we deliver, the closer to post-pandemic normal we get.

This brings me to the point of this column.

It’s time for our politicians to bring back the in-person town halls.

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