‘Local government is where the rubber hits the road:’ how local governments are responding to COVID-19

In Michigan, all eyes are on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to see how she responds to the COVID-19 outbreak. But when it comes to searching for an end to the pandemic, it’s local governments that are on the front lines, said Mason Mayor Russell Whipple.

“This problem will not be solved by the federal government, or the state government, or even the county government,” he said. “It’s going to be solved by local governments, because local governments are going to be the ones that have to actually deal with the day-to-day. We take directions from the state and county health departments. But we’re the ones that make it happen.”

Using social media to bridge social distancing

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and governments, have recommended that everyone practice social distancing if they are able. Through FaceTime and other social media, people have been able to stay in touch with friends and family while quarantined.

Celebrities deliver political acceptance speeches

During the Oscars Feb. 9, the discussion and discourse was not about the nominees or which actors or directors took home statues, but rather the political comments. 

When Brad Pitt delivered his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he said. “They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week” He was referring to the Senate’s vote against allowing witnesses during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin (Tarantino) does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.” 

Award shows give artists an audience larger than their fan bases. 

“I think it’s great,” said Elle Brickles, MSU sophomore studying microbiology.

Iowa Caucus: Its importance and its downfall

Marking the true beginning of the 2020 election season, the Iowa caucus took place Monday, Feb. 3, though results were still coming in Tuesday night. 

The Iowa Caucus has a long-standing tradition of being one of the first organized gatherings of individuals to vote for who they believe should lead their party.