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@MyKitchenTable - March 9, 2021

@MyKitchenTable: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

ImageDear Friend:

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb

A fitting quote for today as we have beautiful weather in southwest Michigan. The photo today is from last night’s remarkable sunset over the Lake as the ice continues to melt. Also fitting as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to slowly but surely improve and we make our way toward that sense of normalcy we all want.

The CDC issued guidelines yesterday for those Americans who are fully vaccinated, which you can see HERE. The latest numbers are that 10% of American adults are fully vaccinated and 21% have had at least one dose of the vaccine. We have to stay vigilant of course with a number of variants out there, but if we continue to wear masks, wash our hands, and get our vaccine when it’s our turn – we will finally defeat this vicious virus once and for all.

I do know that there are a lot of folks still frustrated they cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. We’re making progress but folks are still anxious. One of the good elements of the COVID-19 relief package is additional federal resources to accelerate the mass immunization effort underway in this country. We know we have to pick up the pace, that’s for certain. But that’s why it’s good we now have thee approved vaccines on the market. My office has put together a resource guide that is a one-stop shop of information on the vaccines broken down by each county here in Southwest Michigan, which you can see HERE. In Kalamazoo County, residents 65 and older who would like a COVID-19 vaccine appointment are being asked to reach out to the county health department, which you can read about HERE. You can follow Michigan’s progress in vaccinating residents on MLIVE HERE.

Other parts of the COVID-19 relief bill that I liked were direct checks for Americans still struggling and more money to finally reopen our schools. But there is also so much pork in this bill the Democrats should have worked with Republicans to fix it and target it specifically toward measures that were COVID-19 related. Instead this $2 trillion package will pass – probably sometime tomorrow – without a single Republican vote. The last five relief bills passed with broad bipartisan support – this one should have been, too. Early this morning, I was on WHTC for my weekly interview, and Gary and I talked about the bill, which you can listen to HERE.

Tomorrow, to offer a token of thanks to the Michigan National Guard troops who are still serving here at the Capitol, the entire Michigan congressional delegation will be going around throughout the day and giving them gift cards and delivering Chick-Fil-A. It’s a small gesture to recognize all they have been doing to protect our nation’s Capitol – we are truly grateful.


A few more updates:
     -     In partnership with Kalamazoo Literacy Council and Southwest Child Care Resource, the YWCA of Kalamazoo is ready to open a new expansion to their childcare program in the Edison Neighborhood. It will be the first 24 hour child care center in the Edison Neighborhood, and you can read more HERE from WWMT.
     -     As of yesterday, Michiganders who are 50 and older with a preexisting condition are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. On March 22, all Michiganders who are 50 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. MLIVE has a helpful list of 7 things to know 

Imageabout this recent expansion, which you can read HERE.
     -     The Congressional Art Competition for the Sixth Congressional District is accepting submissions from high school artists here in southwest Michigan until March 15. To learn more about the contest, click HERE. Audrey was last year’s winner with this incredible photo of the St. Joe lighthouse.


Lastly, we’re still accepting photos to use as our KT report Photos of the Day – whether it’s of you with your favorite masks, getting takeout from your favorite restaurant, or a selfie of your vaccine – submit your photos HERE. Paul from Berrien Springs sent this photo of him and Barb doing Dine-In at Cracker Barrel. They picked up their generous portions of rainbow trout and drove to the Lake Michigan overlook south of St. Joe to eat their meal. They pushed the front seats forward and put up a small tray table to eat from. They had their own private room and hardly anyone else was parked there at the turnout! TY for sharing Paul!

ImageAll the best,


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