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While Texas was promoting how we were leading the way, it looks like Oklahoma might have quietly taken the lead

Matt Pierce Briscoe

While Texas is said to be leading the way in terms of getting back to business, our neighbors to the north up in Oklahoma are pressing the bar and some say, their luck. 

Falling in line with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s statewide plan to get things moving again in the Sooner state, bars will be allowed to reopen Friday and other activities such as organized sporting events will be allowed to resume, with proper sanitation and social distancing protocols being observed. 

In some places throughout Oklahoma, church nurseries are allowed to even reopen. 

Gov. Stitt’s plan did not stop there either. Restaurants, gyms and personal care services reopened when phase one began back on May 1. That allowed places such as bowling centers, miniature golf and skating rinks to fling open their doors and grab hold of at least a little bit of the revenue that they have lost over the last few months. 

But it did not stop there. Even places like tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen their doors, by appointment only, of course. 

But here in Texas, we are convinced that we are leading the way and setting the example. President Trump even said so himself. Perhaps they ought to try telling that to bar and club owners who are still left without much direction. 

While it is true that places like Nueces County have seen a spike in cases recently, those can be directly attributed to isolated locations and public officials are making sure that proper steps are being followed to keep it that way. But Texans in general are ready to get out and get fully moving once again, and that includes going to the beer joint. 

Texas Gov. Abbott has begged for ideas from the bar industry for ideas on what to do. But it seems like the only logical option is to just open them up and let the chips fall where they may. 

Many here in Texas do not agree nor do some of their friends up in that county...I mean state up north of the Red River. 

They say that the plan is overall too risky and even dangerous. They could be right, but so is being a rattlesnake handler, but by taking the right precautions even that can be made somewhat safe. 

The truth is that Texans want to get to work, go make money, get drunk and pick up either a drunken partner or a DWI. All of the risks be damned. Are you anymore likely to get Coronavirus from being at a bar than you are from getting an STD at the hotel with the person that you have been twirling around all night? Are you anymore likely to get coronavirus from going to a bar than killing somebody, or yourself because “damn it, I have driven home drunker than this before” on the way home at two in the morning? The answer is debatable for sure, but counties need to make some money and they make plenty of it off DWI charges. Law Enforcement is big business here in Texas. 

Plus, those bar owners would probably not mind making a buck or ten thousand here or there either. Because if you open them, they will come. 

Perhaps we in Texas are just doing what us Texans love to do—self promote ourselves shamelessly while deep inside we know the truth. 

Oh, and maybe while we are looking at how far behind we are, maybe we can consider gaming too while we are at it. 

I know, I know….”But Matt, that’s a sin and the Bible says do not gamble.” Well, the Bible says a lot of things that we just don’t listen too or believe applies to us. You know, like immigration and “do not consume too much wine.” 

Just some random thoughts for a Tuesday morning. 


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