So, COVID-19 has killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish influenza — previously the deadliest disease in U.S. history. The Spanish flu killed an estimated 675,000 Americans. COVID-19 has killed nearly 700,000 — a tad more than two of every 1,000 residents of the United States.
Dear Dr. Scribblerbooze:
There has been considerable debate about whether the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 should be termed a "riot,“ an "insurrection,” a “protest” that turned violent, or something else.
Today’s teachers face issues their predecessors did not have to worry about, including the ongoing threat of students and teachers contracting COVID-19 in a partially vaccinated society. But teaching in classrooms in the 1800s also presented challenges.
Western Europeans began displacing the American Indians who lived in what would become the City of Lancaster over three centuries ago. How has this place changed since the invasion?
Dear Dr. Scribblersleuth:
Ron Hontz has spent part of his summer conducting walking tours at Mount Gretna, the wooded Lebanon County community that contains the idyllic cottage clusters known as the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, Campmeeting and the Heights. The Scribblers recently attended Hontz’s tour of Campmeeting.
Franklin & Marshall College last month protested an Atlantic magazine article that claimed it is considering changing its name because of its associations with slavery. The magazine later reported that the college has had no “official” conversations on that subject.
Mennonites have long opposed slavery. Mennonites in early America disowned slave-owning members of the church. Quakers with Mennonite associations were among those who signed the 1688 Germantown petition against slavery, America’s first anti-slavery document.
Dear Dr. Scribblerlily:
“Everyone else is wearing masks. Why shouldn’t ducks?”