All across the nation this summer, Americans have been "un-hitting" the pause button, resuming travel, family vacations, and reunions, getting out of the house and largely back among the unmasked masses. Our combined anti-pandemic arsenal of vaccines and boosters, rapid tests, improved general hygiene, and regional reactions to spikes and surges to periodic attacks by new strains and variants of COVID-19 show America again resilient, if not still a bit embattled.

Just over two years ago our small family began plans for a trip back to Manhattan and Broadway. My two loving daughters, at different stages in life, both love music and musical comedies. Olivia preferred more of the Disney variety, and Barclay more Broadway and the Great White Way... though still also a Disney Princess at heart.

Bill Crane is a syndicated columnist based in Decatur. He has worked in politics for Democrats and Republicans, respects the process and will try and give you some things to think about. Your thoughts and responses to his opinions are also welcome,

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