It’s always a toss up of what to write about, and I’m no columnist, but I try.
There’s plenty to talk about such as the protests in Minneapolis that erupted after a 20-year-old Black man was shot dead during a traffic stop.
It came hours before the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, was set to resume in court.
According to various news outlets, family and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz identified the 20-year-old as Daunte Wright.
Back to the Chauvin trial. I’ll be honest, I have not followed the trial like I should have, but the last I saw, Floyd’s friend, Morris Lester Hall, who had been in the vehicle with him was refusing to testify.
He argued that if he testified, he could incriminate himself and leave himself open to third-degree murder charges.
From what I understand, Floyd’s girlfriend testified that they had bought opioids and drugs that were a mix of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
For those that don’t know, fentanyl is very dangerous.
According to the CDC, pharmaceutical fentanyl was approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.
However, drug dealers have gotten their hands on the substance and have been mixing it with heroin and/or cocaine.
As stated on the CDC’s website, “more than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019.”
And, so many local people have died from unknowingly getting their hands on fentanyl.
Why are drug dealers doing this? It all goes back to money.
According to drugfree.org, “lacing a substance with fentanyl makes the drug cheaper to produce, and when combined with other sought-after substances, can generate huge profits, despite the risk of overdose and loss of life.”
They also say it is “50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.”
Most people’s body can’t handle it.
They go into a room thinking they’re going to get their fix for the day and continue on, not knowing their substance was laced and that it would be their last time leaving behind friends and family. It’s a sad situation all the way around.
So I get why Hall wouldn’t want to testify. He shouldn’t have laced the substance, if he did.
But regardless of what was in Floyd’s system, the police officer was wrong. But you all already know how I feel about that.
On Monday, Chauvin’s trial was set to resume with more medical testimony.
I also had thought about writing about unemployment and the ever growing “we’re hiring” signs I keep seeing at Lowe’s and various fast food places.
I’ve always said it’s not that the jobs aren’t there, but it’s the people. There are people who don’t want to work, and there’s people who won’t work certain jobs. But, no one is too good to work a minimum wage job.
Also, I’m not sure what’s going on on Sinai Road, but just within the past maybe month, there’s been at least three bad wrecks on Sinai Road including one where a young lady lost her life.
There was another tragic accident Sunday evening from what I hear, but as of Monday morning, I have not received the details of that one yet.
So, slow down. Pay attention. Wear your seatbelt. Look after one another on the road.
Also, speaking of Sinai Road, pay attention to the pedestrians. Just the other day I drove through there and there was an elderly man trying to walk to the store.
He was standing at the new blinking cross walk waiting for his turn to cross, and the car in front of me just flew through it.
Once again, it’s not a crosswalk or a VDOT problem, but a people problem.
I happily slowed down and gave the man time to cross, and I hoped he took his time.
We should look out for one another.