March 24, 2020
President Donald J. Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force participated in a Fox News Town Hall on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
See the video of the meeting, here:
(Turning Point USA Video, March 17, 2020)
People who support President Trump have been subject to harrassment and radicals seeking to run their livelihoods. This video by Turning Point USA tells the story of an immigrant family who faced this very problem.
The summary on the video site states, “Jorge and his wife Betty almost had their lives ruined.
When the Radical Left found out these two Immigrant business owners supported President Donald Trump, they attacked them in person and online and went after their business to try and destroy it.
President Donald Trump quickly came to the support of Sammy’s Mexican Grill and Patriots flooded the Restaurant to stand with Jorge and Betty.
These Incredible Americans REFUSE to cave to the Leftist Mob.
Their story in an inspiration.”
Watch their story, here:
First-Hand Look at Senior Shopping Hours
by: John Crowder
Three of the largest grocery stores in Pocatello, Fred Meyer, Walmart, and WinCo, have established special shopping times for Seniors and others who are more vulnerable to coronavirus. I turn 62 this Friday, and since I qualified to shop during the special times, this morning I visited all three stores during these hours.
Here’s what I found as I visited each store during the Senior Shopping Hours on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Walmart has set their senior shopping hours from 6 am to 7 am every Tuesday, Mar. 24 through Apr. 28.
I arrived at Walmart just after 6:00. The parking lot was mostly empty, as was the store of customers, although there were plenty of employees on hand to offer help. In the entire store, for the 20 minutes I was there, the store had about two dozen customers.
Those shopping were able to buy toilet paper (one package, about a dozen rolls) and Kleenex, items that have been in very short supply. However, there was not much of either item in stock. I suspect their entire stock of these items were gone very quickly once the store opened to other customers.
Plenty of food was available, although some items, such as ketchup, weren’t as plentiful as usual.
As the WinCo website states, “Effective the week of March 21st, 2020, WinCo will offer a temporary special shopping hour for Seniors (60+), Vulnerable Populations and WinCo Employee Owners from 6AM to 7:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I arrived at WinCo about 6:30. The parking lot was by no means full, but there were a lot more cars than i’d seen at Walmart. There were more customers, as well.
WinCo also had a stock of toilet paper and Kleenex, quite a bit more than had been at Walmart, but supplies were nowhere near what was typical before the coronavirus. It was possible to buy a larger package of toilet paper, up to 48 rolls, here. Customers were limited to one package per shopper.
There was no shortage of food, but some groceries, such as eggs, had a limit of one carton per customer.
As stated on the company website, Fred Meyer has established, “Exclusive Shopping for Seniors 60 & Older: 7am – 8am, Monday – Thursday.”
When I arrived at Fed Meyer, a little after 7:00, there were not a lot of people in the store. While all the stores I went to had customers who were clearly not seniors (although some may have been part of the ‘more vulnerable’ population), there were more non-seniors shopping at Fred Meyer than at the other stores that I visited.
There was no toilet paper or Kleenex available at the store. An employee that I spoke with told me that he expected a truck with those items later in the day, and that, usually, the items would sell out each day.
Plenty of food was available at the store.
Each store provided a good shopping experience for seniors. With few shoppers in each, it was relatively easy to maintain ‘social distancing’ most of the time. At least today, WinCo was the best place to get toilet paper. No store had hand sanitizer.
If seniors are going to venture out to one of these stores for groceries, the senior hours are a definite plus.
(Press Release, March 24, 2020)
Our great American experiment was inspired by the ideas about liberty, self-government, and the rule of law that traced their roots to ancient Greece. On Greek Independence Day, we commemorate the rich history shared between the United States and Greece, which is fortified by our love of freedom and commitment to democratic institutions. We join the Greek people in celebrating another year of independence and unity.
The great thinkers of ancient Greece stoked the American quest for freedom and a republic founded on the fundamental truth that people have rights that cannot be denied. Decades later, the same values that catalyzed our Revolution inspired the people of Greece to seek their own freedom and independence. Recognizing the commonality between the Greeks’ fight to establish a representative government and their own, many Americans supported Greek independence, forging an unbreakable bond between our two countries.
Today, this same conviction for a freer and more prosperous world bolsters the alliance between the United States and Greece. In October 2019, my Administration worked with Greek officials to strengthen and expand our defense and security partnership by updating the United States-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement Annex. This agreement paves the way for closer collaboration on national security matters between our two countries for decades to come. We are also grateful for the commitment of Greece, a strong NATO Ally, to our naval presence at Souda Bay on the island of Crete. Through such endeavors, the partnership between our countries advances our strategic national interests in stable and peaceful Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Western Balkans regions.
As noted at the Second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue last year, an estimated 3 million Americans claim Greek descent. We therefore reaffirm our commitment to building firm institutional foundations that foster deep appreciation of our common ties. To that end, we are proud to have established the Future Leaders Exchange Program, which is further developing educational, cultural, and scientific cooperation between our two countries. Throughout our histories, both of our nations have prioritized interactions between our peoples, which are at the core of our cherished relationship and alliance.
The United States and Greece continue to share a long-held belief that political power belongs in the hands of the people. On this 199th anniversary of Greek independence, we confirm the pillars of governance, culture, and patriotism that have forged and continue to sustain the faithful bond our two nations enjoy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2020, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Both Walmart and WinCo have set Seniors Only shopping hours in order to help ensure that the senior population, one of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, is afforded additional safety when they venture out to replenish household supplies and groceries.
An email sent by Walmart to customers states:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) response update
To better support customers age 60 and up, our stores will host a special shopping hour from 6 am to 7 am every Tuesday, Mar. 24 through Apr. 28. It will start one hour before stores open to the public, and pharmacies will be available during this time, as well. Vision centers will also be open to help with emergency and essential needs only.
A notice on the WinCo website reads:
Senior Hours & Employees, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Effective the week of March 21st, 2020, WinCo will offer a temporary special shopping hour for Seniors (60+), Vulnerable Populations and WinCo Employee Owners from 6AM to 7:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please observe social distancing guidelines.
In areas with local guidelines for senior access, local mandates override listed hours. Employee access is intended to help our local Employee Owners that are working long hours to keep the doors to your store open. Thank you for your understanding.
(Press Release, March 23, 2020)
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed two proclamations today – one lifting restrictions in 125 administrative rules to increase healthcare provider capacity and reduce barriers to healthcare access and another extending the state income tax filing and payment deadline to June 15, 2020.
“Last week, I directed all state agencies to review their administrative rules to identify opportunities to assist in the coronavirus response while maintaining public safety,” Governor Little said. “Our valuable public servants in Idaho state government met the task and within a week, they identified more than 125 rules we can waive in order to more quickly, efficiently, and safely respond to our declared emergency.”
The waivers will increase the capacity of Idaho’s healthcare system by broadening the use of telehealth and removing barriers on out-of-state providers treating Idaho patients through telehealth technology. They streamline the licensure of nurses and physicians, allowing inactive or retired providers to come back into the profession more quickly and easily. They also remove restrictions so that physician assistants can be fully engaged as part of the medical team.
The waivers also enhance the care for Idaho patients by ensuring each Idahoan can access their chronic medications – such as those for diabetes — by allowing emergency refill of up to 90 days for existing medications. Also, Medicaid has suspended co-pay requirements to alleviate financial barriers for patients during this emergency.
In addition, Idaho citizens and businesses now have until June 15, 2020, to file their state income taxes and make any state income tax payments and apply for the Property Tax Reduction, Property Tax Deferral, and 100% Service-connected Disabled Veteran Benefit programs.
“As the coronavirus situation progresses in our state, I want to reassure Idahoans that we continue to take all steps necessary at this time to protect our citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” Governor Little said. “Our goal is to slow the spread of coronavirus. I’m in daily contact with our public health experts and epidemiologists, who are providing me guidance on the actions that are necessary at this time. We are committed to making decisions based on science.”
“Idaho is an expansive, geographically diverse state,” Governor Little added. “Science – and common sense – tell us that the planning and response efforts in one part of the state may not be the best approach in another part of the state.”
Governor Little emphasized the actions that Idahoans need to take right now:
The elderly and health-compromised need to take extra precautions and STAY HOME if you can.
The family, friends and caretakers of the elderly and health-compromised need to take extra precautions around these individuals and limit in-person contact if possible.
STAY HOME if you are sick.
If you have traveled to a place with high virus activity or been around someone with known exposure, STAY HOME or self-isolate for 14 days.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands frequently.
Follow social distancing practices and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.
“This is a very challenging and uncertain time, but together we will get through it. I want to thank everyone for doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus. I have been encouraged by the good will and strength of our citizens,” Governor Little said.
View today’s proclamations here: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/governors-working-group/
(Press Release, March 23, 2020)
1600 Daily, a daily summary of news, events, and updates, issued the following statement on the Democrats blocking the coronavirus relief bill:
Americans need help. Democrats must stop blocking it.
President Trump is marshalling every resource at America’s disposal to fight against the global Coronavirus pandemic. He’s grateful to our nation’s local leaders, doctors, nurses, law enforcement, and first responders who are waging this battle on the ground.
They need all the help they can get—and so do American workers and businesses. Every American family deserves immediate relief and certainty in this difficult time.
President Trump told Congress to send him a bill that protects our economy, your job, your retirement savings, and your family’s future from this global pandemic.
Democrats are blocking it. Their donor wish list comes before helping you.
Senate Republicans are ready to send a relief bill to the President’s desk. Instead of joining them, Democrats voted it down. Their leaders are demanding a litany of partisan line items that have nothing to do with fighting the Coronavirus or saving our economy.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should have to answer to every American: Why have they prioritized these partisan issues over help for working families of every background?
And the list goes on and on—for 1,119 pages in Speaker Pelosi’s bill, to be exact.
With these demands, Democrats in Congress aren’t trying to rescue our country. They aren’t trying to rescue our economy. They’re trying to rescue their partisan agenda—and they’re willing to hold America hostage to do it.
As one senior Democrat reportedly put it: This relief bill is “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
Now is no time for partisan politics or to exploit a serious crisis for political gain. Now is the time to finish good-faith negotiations that deliver economic and healthcare support to working Americans.
President Trump and other leaders have asked every American to do their part to help slow the spread of Coronavirus by staying home and social distancing. The American people have selflessly heeded that call. As our citizens step up and do their part, it’s time for career politicians in Washington to do the same. No more delays.
The clock is ticking. The hour for action is here. Our country deserves it.
(Press Release, March 23, 2020)
The building may be closed, but the staff at Pocatello’s Senior Activity Center (Center) is continuing to serve local seniors. Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, Center staff will begin serving lunch meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Center issued the following instructions today to local seniors via email:
“Enter on the West side (behind Idaho Department of Labor), do not get out of your car. Roll down your window and a meal will be given to you through your car window. Please remember no admittance to the building will be allowed.
If you are 60 and older the meal is free, donations are kindly accepted.
If you are under 60 the meal is $5.00 plus tax.
Curbside meals will be Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM. To check out the lunch menu go to http://www.pocatelloseniorcenter.com/ and go to our Facebook page at Pocatello Senior Activity Center to like our page and follow us for senior information.
Questions call the Center. Be safe!
Senior Activity Center”