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Page 8   God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM August 5, 2020 OPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK Mon - Sat 10 - 7 Sun 1 - 6 3420 S 4th CHICKASHA 405-825-3510 On Everything In The Store Or 48 months 0% interest W.A.C. • Quality Furniture • Affordable Prices • Recliners • Mattresses • Adjustable beds • Appliances • Delivery Available SUPER SALE 20% OFF SPANISH FLU & COVID-19 COVID-19 dominates the news and our lives. In the U.S., over 4.6 million people have tested positive for the virus and 155,000 have died. Worldwide 700,000 have died and 18 million have been infected. From 1917-1920, the Spanish Flu pandemic resulted in 50 million dead, with 675,000 deaths occurring in the U.S. The Spanish Flu infected a full one-third of the world’s population. COVID-19’s rate of infection, by comparison is less than .06% of the world’s population. That is not to minimize the danger of CO- VID-19, but to point out the U.S.- and the world - have faced an invisible killer in the past. The Spanish Flu was first reported March 4, 1918, when an Army private at Ft. Riley, KS complained of sore throat, fever and headache. Within hours, over 100 of his fellow soldiers had similar symptoms. With WWI in full swing, troops traveling to Europe spread the virus. There were four ‘waves’ of the Spanish Flu, with the second wave resulting in the most deaths. In 1918, more U.S. soldiers died from the flu than those killed in combat. Unlike COVID-19, in which the death rate is highest in the 65 and older demo- graphic, the Spanish Flu’s highest death rate was among healthy young adults aged 15 to 34 years of age. Because of that, the life expectancy rate in the United States was lowered by more than 12 years. Nearly 2% of those who contracted Spanish Flu died. With COVID-19, the death rate is much lower. Much of that is due to advances in medicine in the past century. During the Spanish Flu pandemic, restrictions on public gatherings affected businesses and churches. Churches were closed across the country, with pastors encouraging their congregants to pray and study the scripture in lieu of gathering on the Lord’s Day. Businesses were closed. Masks were required to help stop the spread. Like today, some didn’t like those restrictions and history records a Baptist pastor and a Catho- lic priest were arrested for violating the ban on large gatherings. The issue then, as it is now, was the highly contagious nature of the virus. Three observations: First, a second wave of COVID-19 is likely coming. If history of viruses is any indicator, the second wave could be more deadly than the first. It’s a mistake to not take COVID-19 seriously. Second, hopefully the U.S. will survive. It won’t be the virus that kills America. It will be apathy and a lack of commitment to our self-governing form of government. Third, God hasn’t lost control. This event was decreed by God before the foundation of the world. COVID-19 did not take God by surprise. Our ways and not His ways and understanding the purpose for a deadly virus can challenge us, especially when it disrupts and impacts our lives. But that is what faith is about. Trust God. As Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Those living in the time of the Spanish Flu did not have Zoom or Livestream options to stay in contact with their businesses, friends and family. COVID-19 is disruptive, and inconvenient, but if we learn any- thing from history, it is that in 1920, Americans made a sacrifice to defeat an invisible enemy. In spite of what is often said, history does not repeat itself. History is linear, not cyclical. As Mark Twain said, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme,” meaning there are eerie similarities throughout history. Americans could learn some important lessons from our forefathers who survived the Spanish Flu. Stay safe. Steve Fair is Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by email at . His blog is WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER by Jamie Battiest  In the month of July Jamie Slate of Farmers Insur- ance hosted a luncheon for local law enforcement officers. Local business owner Tony Lopez, of Don Jose’ Mexican restaurant, was in attendance.    Throughout the luncheon, Tony had one thought continually impressed upon his mind: Unity. We are stronger together.  So much has happened this year that has been a cause for division. We have been blessed that our community has been minimally affected for the most part. Why is this? Tony felt strongly that it is because our community sticks together and as long as we stay together, we will be doing good.  Tony Lopez has never been one to sit on the side- lines, either. He wants to do his part to encourage our local law enforcement and to help solidify the fel- lowship and unity of our community. Tony told me, “Every day our officers get up and put on a uniform. They face all kinds of things. You never will know all they face until you walk in their shoes. There are social issues, mental issues, seeing people, children, families in the worst situations. It’s difficult. Yet these men and women put on the uniform and go out there to serve us. The least we can do is to say Thank You.”  Doing his part to say thank you, Tony and the staff at Don Jose’ will be offering a free meal for law enforcement. All an officer must do is come in, show their credentials, or come in wearing their uniform, and they will be served any meal they choose from the Don Jose’ menu. This tangible token of apprecia- tion for our law enforcement officers is good for the entire month of August.  We are stronger together. “Most people are sitting on their own diamond mines. The surest ways to lose your diamond mine are to get bored, become overambitious, or start thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. Find your core focus, stick to it, and devote your time and resources to excelling at it.” - Gino Wickman