423 Days After Shutdown, New York City Begins to Reopen, But Some Businesses Will Never Return

by Paul Riegler

It was not just that spring was in there.  Reopening was starting to take root; indeed, it was palpable.
As a reporter walked in the streets of Manhattan Tuesday night, it was clear that preparations were being made for many businesses that shut down 423 days ago to reopen.  It was also clear by the number of “Out of Business” or “Closed” signs that many would not reopen.
The names are largely …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

by Jonathan Spira

Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, under which GL stands for Geländewagen, or off-road vehicle, and the A reflects the vehicle’s place in the pecking order, in this case, the smallest, …

Mask Mandates Are Ending, But Don’t Throw Away Yours Quite Yet!

by Jonathan Spira

You heard it right: The CDC last week said that vaccinated people don’t need to don face masks in most instances be it indoors or out, but – and there’s always a but – this pronouncement was fraught with misinterpretation.  Still, no matter what the local ordinances are regarding face coverings where you are, it would be premature to ditch your face masks just yet.
It’s important not to infer that …

‘Saturday Night Live’ Roasts the CDC’s New No-Mask Policy

by Kurt Stolz

Given that. late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention somewhat suddenly released new guidance that said that vaccinated people do not have to don face masks indoors and out in most situations, it was inevitable that the late-night television comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” one of the longest-running network television programs in history, would take aim at it.
The show’s cold opening featured Kate McKinnon as Dr. …

‘If You’re Vaccinated and You’re Outside, Put Aside Your Mask,’ says Fauci

by Paul Riegler

If you’re vaccinated and outside, do as Dr. Anthony Fauci does and don’t don a face mask.
Speaking on the news program “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, told host Gayle King that people vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks outside.
“We’ve got to make that transition,” he said. “If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside…. You don’t …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

by Jonathan Spira

While the original Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a compact SUV and relaunched in 2009 as a mid-sized one, we never had the occasion to review a Sorento.  That is, until now.  Four generations after launch, the 2021 Sorento, originally slated to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show that was cancelled amidst the height of the coronavirus pandemic, made its somewhat less splashy and very virtual …

The Pandemic Is NOT Over, Dumbasses: The World is a Global Village and India is Its Powder Keg

by Jonathan Spira

All across the United States, governors are lifting Covid-age restrictions such as limitations on gatherings and the requirement to don a face mask. Meanwhile, halfway across the globe, India continues to set new daily records for the number of coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period, the latest in excess of over 401,000.
The contrast could hardly be starker.
In the developed world, vaccine orders run into the billions while Covid-19 cases plummet.  Economies …