The Coshocton County Beacon January 28, 2021 - Page 6

6 • The Beacon January 28 , 2021

Stop , I can ’ t hear you through your megaphone

I think there are times when we need to press the “ pause ” button on sharing every single thought and criticism that dances through our brains , just wanting to get out and play with others .
The COVID-19 pandemic has put all of us in a different place , mentally , socially and in many cases even physically . As humans we naturally crave communication and social contact with others . This pandemic has tested us on all of the above levels . Perhaps introverts have fared a
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bit better than extroverts , but maybe not . I am sure there are statistics on that somewhere ; I just don ’ t feel like searching for them today .
Sometimes there are just too many numbers , facts , figures and attention grabbers to sort the truth from the fiction . Aren ’ t we capable of thinking on our own anymore ? Are we capable of having our own opinions and sharing them sensibly instead of continuing to pour coals on an already blazing fire ? Unfortunately , as we know all too well at this point , the answer is , in many cases , no .
The quarantine and isolation of last spring only exacerbated people sharing their opinions through mass and social media . One pundit has reported our “ liking ” of being isolated — yes , that is what he said — has grown at a pace over

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I see a lot of dedicated people working together to make it all work the best it can . Keeping up to date with everything is a job all by itself . The staff is very hard-working ,
and they step up in every situation .
This is going to be a rough year for a lot of people in 2021 . All we can do is the best of our ability with working together for the Coshocton County community .
I look forward to meeting a lot of people in the near future . Rick Conkle Coshocton County commissioner
the past year that would have likely taken five to 10 years at a normal pace . That is , without COVID-19 . We were already headed there : A few moments observing people in many restaurant settings on their phones proves that point .
Are there countries that fare better in this environment ? Are there nations that fare much worse ? Nations whose people typically are very social , live in close proximity and have more family gatherings have likely suffered at a disproportionate rate .
America is probably somewhere in between , but I would think leans more heavily toward the social and “ get together ” side of things . It remains to be seen whether we will return to some sense of normalcy as more and more people are vaccinated . Let ’ s hope we do .
All reports indicate our county and city health departments and all those helping to coordinate , administrate and give the COVID-19 vaccinations are doing an admirable job , and they deserve our thanks and appreciation .
Super Bowl prediction ? The “ old man ” Tom Brady versus the “ young gun ” Patrick Mahomes — does it get much better than this ? Let ’ s hope both teams are actually on the sidelines for the national anthem . It ’ s time for the NFL to tell their players to “ man up ” and show some respect for the flag and our nation . There , I said my peace — now back to the prediction . I ’ ll make it in the Feb . 4 column . I need some time to ponder this pigskin prognostication .

Drs . David and Brenda Lozowski are joining new medical group

The Genesis Medical Group is opening a family doctor office in the heart of downtown Coshocton .
Genesis Coshocton Family Practice will be located at 410 Main St .
and will open Feb . 1 . David Lozowski , D . O ., and Brenda Lozowski , D . O ., have been practicing family medicine in Coshocton for over 20 years and will accept patients at this office .
Another family physician , Brandon Hill , M . D ., also will accept new patients at this location .
Appointments can be made by calling 740- 722-9520 .
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