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Out with the gold holders – The Spokesman-Review

The golden rule, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is a short phrase to guide us in all of our dealings with people. Everyone is better off.

There is, however, another golden rule that is less known: Those with the gold make the rules. Another short phrase that lately has led to fewer things for those without gold.

It seems that lately this phrase describes the actions of many of our elected officials AND their lobbyists.

Many of the present legislators are millionaires (the ones with the gold). Most laws passed, their rules, increases their gold holdings, taking money away from the real workers.

It is time to elect people who are not gold holders so the wealth is shared by those who are actually earning it, the forty-hour-per-week people.

Vote every chance that you get for the good of all. Vote gold-holding rule makers out of office.

VOTE.

Mark Thompson

Cusick, Wash.

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Diversity: The Golden Rule of Retail – Furniture World Magazine

Diversity: The Golden Rule of Retail

Can every person who works, shops or engages with your store's messaging see themselves represented, respected and comfortable?

As children, we all learned the Golden Rule: Do unto others as youd have them do unto you. In retail, that adage continues to be more relevant than ever. As our communities become increasingly diverse, its critical for our industry to evolve and adapt to create an inclusive, welcoming shopping experience for all customers. Most consumers prefer to buy and support local, so what are you doing to include EVERYONE?

Respect: It all starts with respect. It may sound simplistic, but treating people with the same level of respect you expect from others is the first step to creating an inclusive shopping experience. That respect permeates every aspect of your business and customer serviceeverything from treating each customer equally no matter who they are to making sure your store is welcoming and accessible for all. Is your store ADA accessible? If not, youre unintentionally telling physically challenged shoppers theyre not welcome, missing out on potential sales and alienating members of your community.

Inclusive To All: This leads to my next pointmake sure your business is inclusive to all, not just people who look and think like you. Does your advertising represent a wide swath of the population? Do you hire people based on how you look or how your entire trading area looks? Creating a brand that people can see themselves infrom advertising to employeeswill make it more likely they see themselves enjoying the products you sell, too.

Social Media: Another key component to building an inclusive brand is your social media. When posting images, be cognizant of diversityeven if youre simply using stock photos, try to make sure the people depicted on your social accounts represent people of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. And you likely post holiday greetings for Christmas and Independence Day, but do you also recognize Juneteenth, Rosh Hashanah or Ramadan? Creating posts marking holidays celebrated by other ethnic groups and religions is an easy way to let your community and customers know you care about inclusivity and respect the beliefs of all, even if you dont personally celebrate those days.

Speaking of holidays, we know that in recent years there have been questions raised about the cultural sensitivity of holidays such as Columbus Day that often coincide with retail sales. If you feel concerned about seeming insensitive but dont want to miss an opportunity when your competitors are having sales, perhaps change your approach. Rather than Columbus Day, make it a fall sale. You can still offer deals without unintentionally excluding potential customers.

Store Policies: Once youve identified changes to make and places to grow, the next step is incorporating these initiatives in your store policies. Putting a commitment to inclusivity and diversity in writing makes it easier to implement these changes and make sure your employees understand the company culture youre trying to cultivate. And should someone disregard or go against these policies, having a stated set of guidelines available allows you to hold employees accountable if they dont meet your expectations.

Integrity: Everyone with a homebe it a house, apartment, condo or mobile homeneeds furniture, which means everyone is your potential customer. And with consumers spending more time at home, the furniture industry is in a prime position to sell to everyone. Are you making everyone feel welcome? Are your ads inclusive? Are your employees diverse? Are your website and social posts showing diversity and inclusion? Can EVERYONE see themselves represented and at home in your store? Being able to answer these questions in the affirmative can mean the difference between growing your business and falling behind. Evolving with changing times not only demonstrates your business savvy, it also shows you are a person of integrity who understands the Golden Rule is more than just a saying.

About Ellen Gefen: Ellen Gefen is the co-owner of Gefen Marketing and Gefen Productions, a High Point-based full-service marketing and multimedia company in the home industries. She also founded TheHome.com, a consumer-facing home design and lifestyle site. As part of a multiracial, multicultural family, Gefen knows first-hand the challenges faced by many and is passionate about supporting movements that work to ensure equality for all. Questions or comments can be directed to her at ellen@gefenmarketing.com, or call her at 336.884.5020. Read other articles by Ellen Gefen

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The Golden Rule Project of Veterans will sail today, marking the Hiroshima bombing 75th anniversary – KITV Honolulu

HONOLULU (KITV4) - Today marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan that resulted in the death of more than 140,000 peopleThis afternoon, the Golden Rule Project of Veterans - which advocates against the use of nuclear weapons - will sail it's boat around O'ahu's south shore from 2-5 p.m.

The "Golden Rule" will be displayed on a large banner stating "Ban Nuclear Weapons". The ship will sail from Diamond Head past Waikiki to Ala Moana Beach Park.

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‘Who has the gold rules’ Tenants asked to leave strip mall for MAPCO revitalization project – NewsChannel5.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) Update: After the story aired, MAPCO decided to extend the deadline to September 30th without charging rent according to the Council Member.

Neighbors in the Crieve Hall area are upset after a strip mall full of beloved businesses were told they have to move out.

Mama Mias, Sub House, Perfect Nails, Chinese Restaurant Bei Jing, Radnor Wine and Spirits, Sunshine Cleaners, and Back to Cuba Caf are considered hidden gems tucked on the corner of Harding Place and Trousdale Drive. For many neighbors, they hold a special place in old Nashvilles heart.

Weve been coming here for 12 years, Gerard White said.

When residents in the Crieve Hall area learned the businesses were asked to close by MAPCO for an expansion project, they were bummed.

"Its quite disappointing," White said.

Here's a rendering of the project:

Walt Johnson, owner of Radnor Wine and Sprits, said hes the voice for business owners in the strip mall. For some of them, this was their American Dream.

"I just sat in my car and cried because they dont know what to do," Johnson said. "We had a hard time because we dont speak the same language, but they were all like please help me, help me.

According to Metro Councilwoman Courtney Johnston, MAPCO took over the lease in May.

"They are planning on raising this, and building a brand new facility, and I was concerned about it because I too have been coming to these businesses for 20 years, said Johnston.

According to the business owners, they were told on July 17 that they need to be out by the end of August.

This is America. Theyve got the money, its the golden rule, who has the gold rules, but like I said, its just so sad, Johnson said.

Right now, Johnston is in talks with MAPCO about allowing the businesses more time to find a new lease. They issued the following statement:

As a community-focused company, MAPCO appreciates Councilwoman Johnstons involvement in ensuring the highest and best use of our communitys properties are met while also addressing the needs of small business owners. Since May, we have been working with the tenants in the shopping center located at Trousdale and Harding Place to support business continuity during these challenging times, including rent forgiveness and introductions to real estate professionals to support tenants relocation efforts. Our planned revitalization of this intersection represents a significant investment in the area and a permitted use of the property. MAPCO believes that small businesses are an integral part of our community and we are committed to continuing to work together.

However, Johnson said it still feels like theyre being kicked when theyre down.

"2020 died for me when Kobe Bryant died, because after that everything has just gone downhill," he said.

Hopefully, a solution will be figured out soon for those who are struggling to find a new lease. For other business owners, its unclear if they will close for good.

"Our little neighborhood community is going to be gone," Johnson said.

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SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: It is our religious calling – News – Wicked Local Kingston

Who is our neighbor, and what effect do these words really have on our lives?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There is a version of this Biblical quote, also known as the Golden Rule, in the sacred texts of every religious tradition. Love thy neighbor is a similar passage that also can be found, in some form, in religious writings all over the world.

But who is our neighbor, and what effect do these words really have on our lives?

Is our neighbor just the person who looks like us and thinks like us, those that we see regularly at work, in our families or in our religious institutions? Its easy to love those people, isnt it? Or, is our God, or Higher Power, or Great Spirit, calling us to take on the more difficult task of loving everyone, even those neighbors who look differently, or think differently, or speak a different language, or are from a different race or culture?

I remember some of the discomfort and controversy that arose when the rainbow flag started to become popular and we had conversations in our Houses of Worship about displaying it as a sign of being welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. Many people didnt want to deal with their long-held prejudice, discomfort and beliefs that devalued the lives of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered neighbors. It made us uncomfortable to focus our attention on those people. Then we started to really listen to the stories of our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We did not know how much discrimination, violence and hatred LGBTQ+ people faced on a regular basis. We realized that, in many ways, their lives were similar to our own and some of our fears were unfounded. We became more comfortable with seeing the rainbow flag, and with appreciating what LGBTQ+ people bring to our lives and our communities.

Now, we face a new challenge as we see a renewed Black Lives Matter movement and Black Lives Matter signs appearing throughout our communities. We have to face the facts that our Black and brown-skinned neighbors have suffered horrific violence and prejudice in our society. We are now being asked to deal with our own prejudices and the racial hatred that has been passed down to all of us in our society. It is scary and uncomfortable, as it always is, whenever we are asked to look deeply within and make some changes in ourselves and our lives.

Yet, if we are truly to love our neighbor and do unto others, it is beyond time for all of us to listen to the stories and the lives of our Black and brown neighbors. It is beyond time for us to stand with Black and brown-skinned people who have been oppressed and mistreated to proclaim that Black Lives DO Matter. It is our religious calling to do so. It is what is required of us as people of any faith tradition.

The Rev. Arthur Lavoie is the minister of First Parish in Plymouth, Unitarian Universalist.

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How to make a cup of tea that the Queen would approve of, according to Her Majesty’s favorite brand – Insider – INSIDER

The Queenloves a cup of English breakfast tea.

Her Majesty has been sipping away at the traditional drink at most royal events, including at the famous Buckingham Palace garden parties, official luncheons, and other engagements.

Like most Brits, the royal monarch probably has a specific way she likes to drink it. From how much milk you add to how strong you make it, there are many factors that will go into making a good cuppa.

Although we can't ask Her Majesty personally, the Queen's favorite tea brand might just be the next best thing.

Twinings, the brand that holds an official royal warrant, told Town and Country that in order to make the perfect cup, you must allow the water to boil and then leave it over your tea bag for exactly four minutes.

"In tea, color is not flavor," the brand's director, Stephen Twinings, told the publication.

The British royal family's former butler has also weighed in on how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Grant Harrold, former butler to Prince Charles, said the golden rule is making sure to add milk after the water not before.

There's also a specific way to stir the tea, according to Harrold.

"Stir back and forth never use a circular motion, and never touch the sides," Harrold wrote on Twitter.

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Why the key to happiness is spiritual peace – Aleteia IT

All humans desire happiness at some level. It is a natural inborn desire that motivates most of our actions on a daily basis. We seek to do things that provide happiness while avoiding those things that bring suffering.

However, what often happens is that we seek a momentary happiness that only lasts for a short time. This happiness is fleeting and leaves us just as fast as it comes.

The key to lasting happiness is to find peace, a peace we cannot grasp, but a peace that comes from God.

Fr. Francis Xavier Lasance explains the three areas of our lives where we need to establish peace in his early 20th-century book My Prayer Book.

All desire happiness. But peace brings happiness.It is a threefold peace, that is accompanied by heavenly happiness; peace with God, peace with ones neighbor, and peace with oneself.

Lasance then explains how to achieve peace in these three areas.

Peace with God means union with God, perfect conformity of ones own will with the divine will, the state of grace, the joy of a good conscience, which surpasses every joy on earth.

Peace with ones neighbor means the exercise of fraternal charity, the observance of the golden rule, do unto others as you would that they should do unto you, the avoidance of contention, the patient endurance of others faults, the forgiveness of injuries, the joy of unselfish, disinterested well-doing.

Peace with oneself means the victory over self, the mastery of ones passions and emotions, self-poise, self-control, and the sweet joy of the consciousness of duty well done done with the best motive and the purest intention Perfect self-mastery is the grand achievement of the humble follower of Christ.

If you are struggling with peace in your life, evaluate each of these three areas and see where you are lacking.If we are honest with ourselves, we likely have room for improvement in all three areas, but for right now, we should choose one area to improve before moving on to a different area.

This is the peace the saints possessed, a peace that led to a supernatural happiness on earth, but more importantly, an eternal happiness that never ends.

Above all things, Fr. Lasance suggests that there is one principle that we should focus on if we want any kind of lasting happiness, Much more, however, does our peace depend upon our trust in God, submission to His holy will, and perfect confidence in His providence.

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Letters to the editor for Aug. 7, 2020 – Opinion – Ocala.com – Ocala

Lessons from the pandemic

While we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another major crisis looming in the near future: climate change. Behind the pandemic news headlines there are frequent reports of the ever-growing impacts of climate change. Most notably, the continued record-breaking heat waves throughout the world.

Many corporations as well as some states and cities are taking heed and adopting policies on their own to reduce their carbon footprint. Yet again, what is absent is national leadership. Our current president dismisses climate change for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

We surely can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that it is important to listen to science, and science has warned us that we must act now to prevent the more serious consequences of climate change. Just like not wearing face coverings during the pandemic, if we do not significantly reduce carbon emissions, things will get out of hand quickly.

We need our national elected leaders to not just focus on todays economy, but also look out for the future welfare of our grandchildren and to build a new economy based on green energy. We need effective actions like adopting a carbon fee and dividend program, a free market approach to wean us off our dependence on fossil fuels. Its time to clear the air.

James Stormer, Ocala

Protect the energy sector

Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, the United States is no longer dependent on oil imports from the Middle East. Last year the U.S. became a net petroleum exporter for the first time since records were kept in 1973. That protects us from the volatility of other petroleum-producing countries and creates jobs and commerce for millions of people. Yet the radical left wants to decimate fossil-fuel production with the Green New Deal, setting us back to the Stone Age.

We need fighters in Washington who will protect our nations energy sector. Thats why Im voting for Gavin Rollins for Floridas Third Congressional District. Rollins will push back against the socialists and protect and support Trump.

Rollins is an Army Reserve lieutenant and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.

Ross W. Cowen, U.S. Navy Reserve veteran, Silver Springs

Empty slogans

If racism is so prevalent, how come we have such a large number of well-educated minorities occupying powerful positions all across this great country?

Slavery was a horrible thing and a black mark on any nation where it was tolerated, and it never should have happened. However, that is not the fault of Americans now living. Our generations now were not slave owners, nor were any present Americans slaves. If poverty, a poor education or perceived racism is an excuse for not succeeding, why do we have millions of Americans black, white, Latino and Asian who are wealthy because they rose above?

"White privilege" and "racism" are empty slogans dutifully echoed by leftist lemmings who have been indoctrinated with liberalism, Marxism, globalism and communistic ideals, as well as a false sense of entitlement. Destruction of everything sacred to this country is their goal, and America is buckling to their demands. Congress and the Senate are more interested in their re-election and bank accounts than the country.

History is not being taught in our schools, discipline and the Golden Rule are nonexistent, and brainwashing of our children has instilled in them a disrespect for our country.

Brutality, inequality and discrimination should never be tolerated by any society. God, country, and law and order must be restored. Misconduct by everyone must be called out and punished wherever it exists.

If anyone thinks America is so bad, we wish they would leave, but first give up their citizenship so they cannot return.

We are 87 and 89 years old and have voted independently all our lives, but were very afraid for our country. If you organize a march, we will be there with our walkers along with thousands of others to save America and stop the anarchy.

Colleen and Ernest Lord, Ocala

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Letter: Not a mask in sight | Opinions and Editorials – Aiken Standard

I have been sitting here eating at a local restaurant watching folks give lip service to the mask mandate.

The bartender who is wearing a mask is serving people who took off their masks as soon as they sat down. She is at times about 3 feet from them. Per ordinance people can take off masks to eat. I guess they assume looking at the menu and ordering falls under eating. One guy who is neither eating nor drinking is engaged in conversation with her in between playing on his phone.

Outside half the people are walking around with no masks in sight.

Social distancing is expected but not required. Thus, a family group can theoretically walk closely by others while coughing and sneezing and this is acceptable.

A call to the Aiken Department of Public Safety verified that this was perfectly OK as long as people put on masks before entering a restaurant (or store). Once seated in a restaurant they could take off masks. I guess the health of waiters is of no consequence. The mask mandate is a joke.

We are supposed to wear masks to protect others in case we are asymptomatic and unaware. We do not wear them to protect ourselves from others. Only hospital-grade masks are proven to protect us from others.

It would seem the golden rule should apply, or at least Southern hospitality. Neither are present today in an otherwise lovely downtown Aiken.

Seth Quick

Aiken

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Chart of the week: has Apple finally reached its peak? – Interactive Investor

Source: interactive investor.Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

I have a potentially complete five waves in at least two degrees of scale on the Elliott Wave picture. That is a clear indication that a major turn approaches and any upside from here is extremely limited. A downside correction could quickly shave at least 10-15% off the value, with bigger corrections possible.

My best guess is that if it can breach the $350 support in the days and weeks ahead, the Corona Crash low at $200 will be within sight. In any case, taking major profits here would be prudent.

Bullish investors who may be carried away by their supreme confidence should remember the Golden Rule of investing to prosper, Buy Low and Sell High. The Sell High part is usually the most difficult to achieve emotionally.

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Ill-advised rant gives all of ag a black eye – AG Week

Those recommendations arent about politics. They arent reactions to a nanny state. They arent about political correctness.

They are just good, plain common sense and good manners.

In recent weeks, the now-former president of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association showed why those kinds of recommendations are important when youre on social media. Dennis Haugen went on an unprovoked, uncouth and completely unnecessary tirade against someone on Facebook whom he doesnt even know personally. He ended up resigning his post and later his association with the Grain Growers board when the post was revealed. He indicated his resignation was to protect the Grain Growers.

Little late for that. The damage had already been done, not just to the North Dakota Grain Growers Association but to agriculture as a whole.

People associated with agriculture make up only a tiny slice of the general population. Because of that, we already have the deck stacked against us as far as perception goes. Many in non-ag populations view farmers and ranchers as uneducated, unsophisticated and backwards, something we certainly know to be untrue. But Haugens ranting just took us all down with him.

We need agricultural leaders who amplify our voices and lift us up, not drag us down. We need people who know how to disagree without being disagreeable, who do not put on condescending tones to those with whom they dont see eye-to-eye. Otherwise, we all get tarred with the same rude brush.

Dan Wogsland, NDGGA executive director, said his organization hasnt previously had issues with social media but now will plan training on the subject. And while thats a good idea for all organizations, and not just at the time of a crisis, this isnt just about social media etiquette. Its about knowing when to stop talking or typing and just keep your peace.

Side note on the controversy: The person to whom Haugen wrote his little diatribe was discussing issues with anxiety. If were going to address mental health in any sort of real way in this industry, it would be helpful if people didnt go out of their way to make someone feel worse when theyre honest about their issues.

We live in a free country. But, as everyone should have learned in elementary school, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences for your speech. If youre going to run your mouth, or your keyboard, youd better take into consideration how it will be perceived. And when youre in a leadership position in agriculture, youd better take into consideration how it makes agriculture look.

Online or offline, if youre faced with the decision of whether or not to put in your two cents, maybe the best advice is to just follow the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would want to be treated. No one wants to be cursed at and disrespected, so dont inflict that on other people, regardless of whether you disagree with their views.

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10 surefire ways to annoy someone from Yorkshire – Yorkshire Live

Yorkshire has a lot going for it, from the countryside to the fantastic range of restaurants, shops and of course the nightlife - we all know it's god's own county for a reason.

But if you're not from round ere', there are a few things you should avoid saying about Yorkshire or to anyone can proudly say they're from here.

If you say or do any of these 10 things, expect to be given a lecture on why you're actions are very wrong...

We had to start with the golden rule about tea. It has to be Yorkshire Tea.

We've very little time for any other brands - and while Tetley originated right here in the county, if you're going to offer a native Yorkshireman or woman a brew - make it Yorkshire eh! Just to be sure.

First of all, Yorkshire's accents are too diverse - Bradford, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield folk all sound very different - so don't generalise.

Also, when most people mimic the accent, they get it horribly wrong.

If you start to mimic a Yorkshire person's accent, you should fully expect them to mimic yours, too.

It'll be taken as a sign of disrespect.

In fairness, why do people actually serve roast dinner, especially when it's roast beef, without a Yorkshire pudding?

And just so we're clear, homemade is the only way to go.

It's just common courtesy, isn't it?

Especially on those absolutely boiling hot days, bus drivers have it tough. We rely on them to get us from A to B and unlike London buses, they're always on time. Well, that might be an exaggeration.

While it's not so common to thank the bus driver down south, you'll be considered rude if you don't when you're on our buses so learn fast!

Both festivals literally host the exact same artist, same stages, same food stalls, same beer stands - they really are mirror images of each other.

But obviously, Leeds Festival is better than Reading.

Reading is a great city, full of history which we can all appreciate - but who goes to a music festival for the culture? Unlike Leeds, Reading festival is held in the city and has a curfew.

Up here, we put our fest in a field in the middle of nowhere and let the madness commence!

Why would you want a dry plate of chips anyway?

People outside of Yorkshire actually find it strange that we put gravy or curry sauce on our chips and we just don't get why.

In our opinion, they are just afraid to try it.

Please, just stop it.

We don't all own flat caps and walk in fields with our whippets hunting for badgers.

Not that there's anything wrong with flat caps - it's just become somewhat of a stereotype.

Even if this is geographically true in some way, you are still wrong for suggesting this and will get an earful if you say this to someone from Yorkshire.

Whilst Sheffield might look to be in the midlands, if you want to be that guy who gets the map out and shows why we're factually incorrect, Yorkshire folk are proud northerners.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire is in the midlands - that, we can agree on.

Yorkshire? In the North, my son.

"I don't understand why people are so fascinated by him, he's an average actor".

First off, you're wrong. And secondly, Sean Bean is an outright legend.

His accent is outrageously Yorkshire and he retains it in all his best performances - even when he's playing a warrior, battling in Middle Earth and speaking to elves, dwarfs and hobbits in The Lord of the Rings, or when he's discussing CIA tactics with Robert De Niro in Ronin - that accent still shines through.

You would be hard-pressed to find an actor more proud to be from his county than Sean Bean is with being a Yorkshireman.

No, Notts County is not the oldest football club of all-time - that would be our very own Sheffield FC!

The club has officially been recognised by FIFA as the world's first football club and in 2004 they were given theFIFA Order of Merit an award given to only one other club - Real Madrid. Not bad company, we'd say!

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How to wear a face mask: Tips, facts and FAQ – The Star Online

As we all know, wearing face masks in public spaces is now mandatory in Malaysia.

This is a great policy that is going to keep us all much safer from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, not to mention all other airborne viruses that can make us sick.

Given the amount of misinformation and confusing statements from international health bodies, particularly regarding the use of face masks, we are quite lucky that efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia is generally going well.

But the road to the end of this pandemic is far from over, so now is not the time to be complacent about wearing your face masks in public.

Evidence is piling up that face masks do help prevent the spread of Covid-19, especially when you are in close proximity to an infected person without symptoms, i.e. who is asymptomatic.

Thus, the more consistent we are in wearing face masks, the better.

By and large, countries that implemented a stricter mask-wearing policy have fared better a study that examined Covid-19 death rates across 198 countries, found that those with government policies that favoured mask-wearing had lower death rates.

Show me the proof

One convincing body of scientific evidence is from lab research on respiratory droplets and the ability of various types of face masks to block them out.

One study used speeded-up video to observe the droplets.

They found that hundreds of droplets between 20 to 500m in size were produced just by uttering a simple phrase.

However, nearly all of the droplets were blocked when the mouth was covered by a damp washcloth.

Another experiment involved patients with influenza or the common cold.

They found that wearing a surgical face mask significantly reduced the amount of these respiratory viruses transmitted in droplets and aerosols.

But real-world scenarios are where we can witness the strongest evidence that face masks are really effective.

A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, compared the growth rate of Covid-19 before and after face masks became required in 15 American states and the District of Columbia.

The required face mask use was found to be directly responsible for a slowdown in the daily Covid-19 growth rate, which became more significant over time.

In the first five days after a face mask mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage points.

At the three-week mark, the daily growth rate had slowed by up to two percentage points.

Face mask FAQs

Here are four frequently asked questions (FAQs) about face masks, and their answers:

Does the type of face mask I wear matter?

The short and concise answer to this question is yes.

By wearing the right type of face mask, you minimise your risk as much as possible.

But there are other considerations to take into account, such as supply of face masks, comfort, utility, etc.

Healthcare professionals are always required to don surgical face masks at work, while office workers have the additional option of buying reusable cloth masks with a pocket for replaceable filters.

Since the pandemic started, weve seen many other types of face mask designs as well.

However, not all are meant for daily use or are effective in keeping away viruses.

The Japanese Pitta mask, which is made from a spongy-looking polyurethane material, is smart and stylish, but has been found to be ineffective against tiny airborne particles.

There are also face masks with air valves attached, but these only protect the wearer from outside particles.

When the wearer exhales, they are still emitting unfiltered particles that escape into the air, putting those around them at risk of infection if they are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As for N95 respirators, they are only necessary in medical situations such as intubation.

That being said, a general rule of thumb is that some coverage is still better than none at all.

Even if a face mask is not 100% effective, you are still preventing some risk by covering your nose and mouth.

Is wearing a mask meant to protect myself or to protect others?

The best benefit of a face mask is to prevent people who have Covid-19 from passing it to other people.

If you are not infected, you still benefit from wearing a face mask as it is effective as source control.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines source control as preventing the transmission of infection through a persons respiratory secretions, which are produced when speaking, coughing or sneezing.

Face masks can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther.

What percentage of the population needs to wear face masks in order to significantly reduce transmission?

Ideally, it should be 100%, but that seems unlikely to be achievable due to various factors.

In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80% of the population wearing face masks would help to reduce the spread just as effectively as a strict lockdown.

In Malaysia, we have been able to avoid large numbers of casualties because most people voluntarily wore face masks in public, practised physical distancing (previously called social distancing) and other preventive measures.

Do I still need to wear a face mask if Im already practising physical distancing?

The three golden rules of this pandemic to help keep Covid-19 at bay are: wash your hands, watch your distance and wear a mask.

Compared to wearing a face mask, cleaning your mobile phone or washing your groceries for example, are just distractors.

There isnt much evidence that contaminated surfaces, i.e. fomites, are a major source of SARS-CoV-2 viral transmission, but there is plenty of evidence for transmission through inhaled droplets.

Even if you are practising physical distancing, you should still wear a face mask when you go out, even if it is just for a short walk around the neighbourhood.

Respiratory droplets spread like the aerosol spray in this filepic when we talk, sing, sneeze or cough.

Best practices

Face masks are most likely to lessen the spread of Covid-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

Face masks should always be worn in public, especially around people who dont live in your household, and when other physical-distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Remember to always wash your hands with soap and water before touching a face mask.

Ensure that a face mask does not have any holes or tears before putting it on.

Always determine which side is the top and which is the front of the mask first, so that you wear it properly and do not need to adjust it after putting it on.

If the face mask has ear loops, hold the mask by the loops and put the loops around each ear.

If the face mask has ties, bring it to your nose and secure the ties around your head before adjusting the nose wire.

If the face mask has bands, hold the mask to your nose and pull the bottom strap over your head so that it rests at the nape of your neck and the top strap over the crown of your head.

Once in position, secure the mask over your mouth and chin.

When removing your face mask, do not touch the front of the mask. Remove it using the loops or ties.

If you do touch the front of the mask, wash or sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.

If you run out of face masks or forget to bring one along with you, a bandanna or towel can act as a temporary substitute.

The only people who should not wear a face mask are children under the age of two, anyone with trouble breathing or anyone with disabilities who may endanger themselves by wearing a face mask.

These people should instead avoid going out as much as possible in order to help minimise their risk of getting infected.

Face masks are a critical preventive measure and are absolutely necessary when physical distancing is difficult.

As we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to this pandemic, we should still be diligent about wearing our face masks.

If a face mask is unavailable or cannot be used, take other measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing and cleaning frequently-touched surfaces.

Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and a functional medicine practitioner. For further information, email starhealth@thestar.com.my. The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the readers own medical care. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.

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Diversity: The Golden Rule of Retail – Furniture World Magazine

Diversity: The Golden Rule of Retail

Can every person who works, shops or engages with your store's messaging see themselves represented, respected and comfortable?

As children, we all learned the Golden Rule: Do unto others as youd have them do unto you. In retail, that adage continues to be more relevant than ever. As our communities become increasingly diverse, its critical for our industry to evolve and adapt to create an inclusive, welcoming shopping experience for all customers. Most consumers prefer to buy and support local, so what are you doing to include EVERYONE?

Respect: It all starts with respect. It may sound simplistic, but treating people with the same level of respect you expect from others is the first step to creating an inclusive shopping experience. That respect permeates every aspect of your business and customer serviceeverything from treating each customer equally no matter who they are to making sure your store is welcoming and accessible for all. Is your store ADA accessible? If not, youre unintentionally telling physically challenged shoppers theyre not welcome, missing out on potential sales and alienating members of your community.

Inclusive To All: This leads to my next pointmake sure your business is inclusive to all, not just people who look and think like you. Does your advertising represent a wide swath of the population? Do you hire people based on how you look or how your entire trading area looks? Creating a brand that people can see themselves infrom advertising to employeeswill make it more likely they see themselves enjoying the products you sell, too.

Social Media: Another key component to building an inclusive brand is your social media. When posting images, be cognizant of diversityeven if youre simply using stock photos, try to make sure the people depicted on your social accounts represent people of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. And you likely post holiday greetings for Christmas and Independence Day, but do you also recognize Juneteenth, Rosh Hashanah or Ramadan? Creating posts marking holidays celebrated by other ethnic groups and religions is an easy way to let your community and customers know you care about inclusivity and respect the beliefs of all, even if you dont personally celebrate those days.

Speaking of holidays, we know that in recent years there have been questions raised about the cultural sensitivity of holidays such as Columbus Day that often coincide with retail sales. If you feel concerned about seeming insensitive but dont want to miss an opportunity when your competitors are having sales, perhaps change your approach. Rather than Columbus Day, make it a fall sale. You can still offer deals without unintentionally excluding potential customers.

Store Policies: Once youve identified changes to make and places to grow, the next step is incorporating these initiatives in your store policies. Putting a commitment to inclusivity and diversity in writing makes it easier to implement these changes and make sure your employees understand the company culture youre trying to cultivate. And should someone disregard or go against these policies, having a stated set of guidelines available allows you to hold employees accountable if they dont meet your expectations.

Integrity: Everyone with a homebe it a house, apartment, condo or mobile homeneeds furniture, which means everyone is your potential customer. And with consumers spending more time at home, the furniture industry is in a prime position to sell to everyone. Are you making everyone feel welcome? Are your ads inclusive? Are your employees diverse? Are your website and social posts showing diversity and inclusion? Can EVERYONE see themselves represented and at home in your store? Being able to answer these questions in the affirmative can mean the difference between growing your business and falling behind. Evolving with changing times not only demonstrates your business savvy, it also shows you are a person of integrity who understands the Golden Rule is more than just a saying.

About Ellen Gefen: Ellen Gefen is the co-owner of Gefen Marketing and Gefen Productions, a High Point-based full-service marketing and multimedia company in the home industries. She also founded TheHome.com, a consumer-facing home design and lifestyle site. As part of a multiracial, multicultural family, Gefen knows first-hand the challenges faced by many and is passionate about supporting movements that work to ensure equality for all. Questions or comments can be directed to her at ellen@gefenmarketing.com, or call her at 336.884.5020. Read other articles by Ellen Gefen

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Lettere: COVID-19 and fear; masks and citizenship – Loveland Reporter-Herald

COVID-19 and fear

Fear is an effective tool for controlling people. Parents use it to control children. Preachers use it to scare hell out of parishioners. Politicians use it to scare voters away from their opponents. Kings, Hitler and Stalin have used it for control.

Rom Emanuels Never let a good crisis go to waste keeps running around in my mind. Is COVID-19 being exploited? Are devious groups containing the virus in aerosol containers and spraying it on crowds to keep the virus active in the U.S.? No one is that evil. No one?

My understanding is that viruses evolve/mutate over time. I believe COVID-19 didnt appear instantly in a bat near Wuhan. I believe it evolved/mutated over time from previous viruses in bats within cool, moist caves with stale air. Would the antithesis (warmth, sunlight, dry, fresh air) be a prevention or cure? Seems like it has potential. So people in places such as Arizona in the summer have no worry? A look at their lifestyle indicates they might have worry. They live in air-conditioned homes, drive air-conditioned cars, drive to air-conditioned buildings to work and shop! All the while the virus could circulate within the cool, dark air-conditioning systems.

Is fear of COVID-19 being used by some to control/manipulate the decision people will make during the presidential election?

My research indicates that SARS-CoV-2 is approximately 0.1 micron in diameter. N95 masks used by medical personnel are designed to remove more than 95% of particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameter. How effective are masks made from regular fabric or scarves? What if the nose is not covered? Can the virus enter the body through the eyes, the nose, the mouth, cuts/abrasions in skin? Droplets fall to the ground rapidly, aerosols linger.

If homemade masks are insufficient to ward off the coronavirus, why mandate the wearing of a mask? Conditioning the public to accept orders from government? What is really in store for our future? Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of some.

Fear, the downfall of many.

Dennis Carr

Loveland

There was a time in our nations past when most people tried hard to honor the Golden Rule: Treat others as you want others to treat you. The Golden Rule is one of the fundamental pillars of the universal natural law that governs all human existence. Basically, the natural law is: Do good. Avoid evil. If all humans obeyed the natural law, we would be in a genuine paradise.

There is no hope that we will ever be able to fully obey the natural law. But it is extremely distressing when groups of people deliberately thumb their noses at the Golden Rule. The rule keeps humans civilized.

During COVID, face coverings are both a tool and expression of the Golden Rule. When you refuse to wear a mask if you dont have a health reason you are saying that you are the only person on earth who matters. Everybody else is worthless and expendable. Maybe youre thinking that if someone dies of COVID because of you, Oh well, everybodys going to die of something. Im just playing my part in the Darwinian big picture.

Wrong. When you refuse to wear a mask, youre just a lousy citizen. Period.

Glenn Troester

Loveland

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JCPenney Selling Its Original Store Is A Tough Break With The Past – Forbes

American businessman James Cash Penney (1875 - 1971), owner of the JC Penney chain of retail stores, ... [+] points to a picture of his first store, Golden Rule, in Kemmerer, Wyoming, during the celebration of his 86th birthday, New York, New York, September 15, 1961. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)

Whenever I covered JCPenney JCP in my analyst days, I spoke about the companys humble beginnings in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Thats where the founder, James Cash Penney, opened his first store called The Golden Rule in 1902.

The company was later renamed the JCPenney Company, but for many years management continued to hand out little colored balls with the name Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you) engraved on it.

When it was still known as The Golden Rule Company, the company flourished because each store manager seeded the next store in the growing chain and helped the new fledgling store get off to a strong start. Of course, the store manager who supervised the new store shared in the profits of that enterprise and was motivated to keep that chain expansion going.

That original 8,000-square-foot store is located about 100 miles northwest of Salt Lake City and was known as the mother store of the chain. Initially, the store was a dry goods store that carried notions, fabrics, and some ladies fashion. But, the world has moved on from those days, and the town, with its 4,000 residents, will see this store be auctioned off. According to Business Insider, an auction will be conducted on September 14 and 15.

It is interesting to note that headquarters was moved to Salt Lake City in 1909 because it was closer to railroads and banks. In 1913, stores were consolidated under the JCPenney name, and in 1914, the company opened its headquarters in New York City. In 1992, the company moved to Plano, Texas.

Now, the 118-year-old company is fighting for its life. It declared bankruptcy on May 15. Management is shrinking the size of the company and trying to cobble together an agreement with financial institutions. More than 80,000 associates are awaiting a court order that will determine whether the company will survive and they will still have jobs. What a change from 2011 when the company had its best year: sales hit $17.6 billion and it employed 156,000 associates (almost twice the number facing an uncertain future today).

JCPenneys history is a glorious one I respect. Some leaders were great, others were destructive. But, is the department store model that once served JCPenney so well now an albatross that will no longer be the driving force of retailing? I think the coronavirus pandemic has changed the industry a lot, and we will shop differently in the future. I look to Jill Soltau, JCPenneys CEO, to drive the enterprise forward successfully.I hope that the sale of the first store is not the beginning of the end.

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SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: It is our religious calling – News – Wicked Local Kingston

Who is our neighbor, and what effect do these words really have on our lives?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There is a version of this Biblical quote, also known as the Golden Rule, in the sacred texts of every religious tradition. Love thy neighbor is a similar passage that also can be found, in some form, in religious writings all over the world.

But who is our neighbor, and what effect do these words really have on our lives?

Is our neighbor just the person who looks like us and thinks like us, those that we see regularly at work, in our families or in our religious institutions? Its easy to love those people, isnt it? Or, is our God, or Higher Power, or Great Spirit, calling us to take on the more difficult task of loving everyone, even those neighbors who look differently, or think differently, or speak a different language, or are from a different race or culture?

I remember some of the discomfort and controversy that arose when the rainbow flag started to become popular and we had conversations in our Houses of Worship about displaying it as a sign of being welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. Many people didnt want to deal with their long-held prejudice, discomfort and beliefs that devalued the lives of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered neighbors. It made us uncomfortable to focus our attention on those people. Then we started to really listen to the stories of our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We did not know how much discrimination, violence and hatred LGBTQ+ people faced on a regular basis. We realized that, in many ways, their lives were similar to our own and some of our fears were unfounded. We became more comfortable with seeing the rainbow flag, and with appreciating what LGBTQ+ people bring to our lives and our communities.

Now, we face a new challenge as we see a renewed Black Lives Matter movement and Black Lives Matter signs appearing throughout our communities. We have to face the facts that our Black and brown-skinned neighbors have suffered horrific violence and prejudice in our society. We are now being asked to deal with our own prejudices and the racial hatred that has been passed down to all of us in our society. It is scary and uncomfortable, as it always is, whenever we are asked to look deeply within and make some changes in ourselves and our lives.

Yet, if we are truly to love our neighbor and do unto others, it is beyond time for all of us to listen to the stories and the lives of our Black and brown neighbors. It is beyond time for us to stand with Black and brown-skinned people who have been oppressed and mistreated to proclaim that Black Lives DO Matter. It is our religious calling to do so. It is what is required of us as people of any faith tradition.

The Rev. Arthur Lavoie is the minister of First Parish in Plymouth, Unitarian Universalist.

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Letters to the editor for Aug. 7, 2020 – Opinion – Ocala.com – Ocala

Lessons from the pandemic

While we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another major crisis looming in the near future: climate change. Behind the pandemic news headlines there are frequent reports of the ever-growing impacts of climate change. Most notably, the continued record-breaking heat waves throughout the world.

Many corporations as well as some states and cities are taking heed and adopting policies on their own to reduce their carbon footprint. Yet again, what is absent is national leadership. Our current president dismisses climate change for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

We surely can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that it is important to listen to science, and science has warned us that we must act now to prevent the more serious consequences of climate change. Just like not wearing face coverings during the pandemic, if we do not significantly reduce carbon emissions, things will get out of hand quickly.

We need our national elected leaders to not just focus on todays economy, but also look out for the future welfare of our grandchildren and to build a new economy based on green energy. We need effective actions like adopting a carbon fee and dividend program, a free market approach to wean us off our dependence on fossil fuels. Its time to clear the air.

James Stormer, Ocala

Protect the energy sector

Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, the United States is no longer dependent on oil imports from the Middle East. Last year the U.S. became a net petroleum exporter for the first time since records were kept in 1973. That protects us from the volatility of other petroleum-producing countries and creates jobs and commerce for millions of people. Yet the radical left wants to decimate fossil-fuel production with the Green New Deal, setting us back to the Stone Age.

We need fighters in Washington who will protect our nations energy sector. Thats why Im voting for Gavin Rollins for Floridas Third Congressional District. Rollins will push back against the socialists and protect and support Trump.

Rollins is an Army Reserve lieutenant and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.

Ross W. Cowen, U.S. Navy Reserve veteran, Silver Springs

Empty slogans

If racism is so prevalent, how come we have such a large number of well-educated minorities occupying powerful positions all across this great country?

Slavery was a horrible thing and a black mark on any nation where it was tolerated, and it never should have happened. However, that is not the fault of Americans now living. Our generations now were not slave owners, nor were any present Americans slaves. If poverty, a poor education or perceived racism is an excuse for not succeeding, why do we have millions of Americans black, white, Latino and Asian who are wealthy because they rose above?

"White privilege" and "racism" are empty slogans dutifully echoed by leftist lemmings who have been indoctrinated with liberalism, Marxism, globalism and communistic ideals, as well as a false sense of entitlement. Destruction of everything sacred to this country is their goal, and America is buckling to their demands. Congress and the Senate are more interested in their re-election and bank accounts than the country.

History is not being taught in our schools, discipline and the Golden Rule are nonexistent, and brainwashing of our children has instilled in them a disrespect for our country.

Brutality, inequality and discrimination should never be tolerated by any society. God, country, and law and order must be restored. Misconduct by everyone must be called out and punished wherever it exists.

If anyone thinks America is so bad, we wish they would leave, but first give up their citizenship so they cannot return.

We are 87 and 89 years old and have voted independently all our lives, but were very afraid for our country. If you organize a march, we will be there with our walkers along with thousands of others to save America and stop the anarchy.

Colleen and Ernest Lord, Ocala

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Letter: Not a mask in sight | Opinions and Editorials – Aiken Standard

I have been sitting here eating at a local restaurant watching folks give lip service to the mask mandate.

The bartender who is wearing a mask is serving people who took off their masks as soon as they sat down. She is at times about 3 feet from them. Per ordinance people can take off masks to eat. I guess they assume looking at the menu and ordering falls under eating. One guy who is neither eating nor drinking is engaged in conversation with her in between playing on his phone.

Outside half the people are walking around with no masks in sight.

Social distancing is expected but not required. Thus, a family group can theoretically walk closely by others while coughing and sneezing and this is acceptable.

A call to the Aiken Department of Public Safety verified that this was perfectly OK as long as people put on masks before entering a restaurant (or store). Once seated in a restaurant they could take off masks. I guess the health of waiters is of no consequence. The mask mandate is a joke.

We are supposed to wear masks to protect others in case we are asymptomatic and unaware. We do not wear them to protect ourselves from others. Only hospital-grade masks are proven to protect us from others.

It would seem the golden rule should apply, or at least Southern hospitality. Neither are present today in an otherwise lovely downtown Aiken.

Seth Quick

Aiken

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