first_imgIS IT TRUE when people get desperate they will do desperate things? …desperation can be caused by loss of employment, not able to pay your water bill, gas and electric bills, mobile phone bill, can’t pay your rent or mortgage payments, experiencing a medical issue, going through a divorce, can’t buy food or medicine, or can’t make your car payment?IS IT TRUE we are told by people in the know if some of the self-serving and narcissistic politicians don’t stop making unreasonable political promises that it could lead to civil discourse among the masses?IS IT TRUE it looks like some people living in Michigan and Kentucky are becoming somewhat desperate and are beginning to openly protest against some of the decisions and promises made by their elected officials?  …according to recent news reports, some people are beginning to feel helpless and angry about their current economic station in life?IS IT TRUE we can guarantee the next time a politician calls a news conference to talk about the COVID-19 virus they better also have a workable and well thought out plan to safely put people back to work?IS IT TRUE we are told that most people are getting sick and tired of hearing mindless platitudes making comments about how to eradicate the COVIS-19 virus?  …the comments are coming from unqualified people?…if there has ever been a time for competence (doctors, researchers, and scientists) to step forward and political charismatics to keep their mouths shut, this is the time?IS IT TRUE for over a month we watched Governors Andrew Como (NEW YORK) speak in detail on how to protect people from the Coronavirus? …he is brutally direct, honest, well informed and well-spoken? …he understands how deadly this virus can be and how to take it head-on? …it’s also obvious that he is putting ordinary citizens, first responders and health professionals above profits?IS IT TRUE we give first responders, nurses, doctors, law enforcement, health professionals, delivery persons, hospital administrators, national guard, clergy and grocery store clerks, and owners and trucks drivers five (cheers) for the brave things that they are doing to protect us during this time of crisis?IS IT TRUE that re-opening our society must be a step-by-step and gradual process by utilizing contact tracing that involves mapping whom the patient was involved with before contracting the COVID-19 disease?  …testing is also another important element in preparing to reopen our society to a normal way of life?  …that certain political types better understand that this crisis “Isn’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings”?IS IT TRUE  recently Berry Global announced they will be temporarily laying off approximately 600 employees for one week? …foodservice products for the restaurant industry have seen a decrease in demand was the main reason for the unexpected lay-off?  …we recently predicted that the employees shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the lay-offs may be longer than originally announced?IS IT TRUE that a once gainfully employed divorced waitress with two kids told us that when she gets her $2,200 governmental stimulus check it will last like a snowball in the Sahara Desert?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the government fears the people we have Liberty? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that Linda McMahon is the wife of the multi-millionaire owner and CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment Corp.? …that Linda McMahon was a former Trump cabinet appointee? …last year Linda McMahon left her cabinet position with President position as Chief of the Small Business Administration to form the American First Action Super PAC? …this committee mission is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the “Trump For President” campaign?IS IT TRUE that the Orange County Florida Sheriff went to the World Wrestling Entertainment Performance Center numerous times in March and April to inform the owner that wrestling isn’t an essential business and needed to be shut down?  …that a few days later the Republican Florida Governor declared WWE as an essential business? …we now understand where the saying “it’s not what you know but who you know” started?IS IT TRUE the masses are finally getting fed up with the political patronage and pork-barrel politics of self-serving and narcissistic Federal, State and local politicians? IS IT TRUE as of 12 noon today only 1% of the population of the United States have been tested for the COVID-19 virus?IS IT TRUE the population of the United States is 327 million people?  …as of today, around 2 million-plus people have been tested for the virus? IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is:  Who’s more qualified in determining when people should be allowed to go back to work?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES and “LOCAL SPORTS”.You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily or If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. 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first_imgBOSTON — Warriors coach Steve Kerr looked across the floor at the Celtics at TD Garden and saw something familiar. There were two points guard, a 6-3 star (Kyrie Irving) and his 6-1 backup (Terry Rozier). There were two big men, Al Horford and Aron Baynes, both 6-10. Then he saw six guys ranging from 6-4 to 6-9, all multi-positional offensively and defensively.What Kerr saw was a team that reflected his own, winners of three of the last four championships. Less frontline talent, for sure, but maybe more depth and every bit as much ability to create mismatches. MORE: Kerr hits major milestone with win over Celtics”They built their team in a way that matches up with us pretty well in terms of like-sized wings,” Kerr said. “You’ve got all these guys like (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart who can guard multiple positions, which is how we’re built. When you have that kind of defensive versatility, it’s a lot easier to gain your footing in a game.”They’ve always battled us hard. We’ve had good matchups.”The Celtics again battled the Warriors hard in a national game on Saturday night, a game with 21 lead changes, 14 ties — including in the final 46 seconds — and no lead that reached double digits. Golden State came out the victor, 115-111, led by 33 points from star forward Kevin Durant.But maybe the real winner was the rest of us. This was a playoff-level game of adjustments and countermoves, of forcing matchup problems and poking at each team’s small weaknesses. It was the teams’ best players facing defensive challenges and finding ways to respond.All this was done in the kind of high-decibel environment usually reserved for important playoff games.”It was amazing,” said center DeMarcus Cousins, playing in his fourth game of the season. “I have missed this feeling for a long time. The atmosphere was incredible. The fans were into it from start to finish. I enjoyed it, man, it was a lot of fun.”For NBA fans who have been starved for a decent matchup in the NBA Finals after the Warriors took just nine games to win the last two championships, this was promising.MORE: Tracy McGrady explains why he wants Durant to leaveIrving, a thorn in the Warriors’ side going back to his days in Cleveland, had 32 points on 27 shots, but was heaped with Golden State defenders late in the game to prevent home-court heroics. Horford, lauded by Kerr as “the perfect modern-day center,” was 10-for-15 from the field for 22 points and 13 rebounds, dragging Cousins into foul trouble as he did.From the Celtics’ perspective, the moral victory rang hollow.”I think we came in,” Stevens said, “and we expected to win. So we need to get better so that we can have a better chance of winning that game.”You get the sense from this Warriors team, which may be heading into its final hurrah as Durant and guard Klay Thompson (as well as Cousins) enter free agency this summer, that they’d like a new Finals challenge themselves.They’ve played Cleveland four times for the Larry O’Brien trophy, and though they blew a 3-1 lead to lose the 2016 title, the four series have been lopsided — Golden State won 15 of the 22 games between the teams.The Celtics, despite a mostly disappointing first three months of the season, are still a fascinating matchup for Golden State. That’s because Boston has embraced the style of play on both ends that the Warriors established as the gold standard in the NBA. Other teams have, too, but the Celtics simply have players who are better at it.”I think a lot of teams are playing small, using a lot of length, shooting a lot of 3s,” Durant said. “We play similar kind of rosters, but as far as skill level, I don’t think we have faced anybody as skilled as this team.”TRADE DEADLINE: Latest news, rumors, top targetsIn fact, the Warriors could get a good challenge from two other East teams — Milwaukee, which leads the conference, and Toronto (second). Boston is one of four teams in the NBA that ranks in the top 10 in both offensive efficiency (they’re 10th) and defensive efficiency (fifth). Denver does, too, but the other two are the Bucks (fourth offensively, first defensively) and the Raptors (sixth and ninth).Golden State has lost twice to the Raptors (once without Stephen Curry) and split its season series with Milwaukee. The Warriors did not have Cousins, returning from a torn Achilles tendon, in any of those games.”On the road against the Eastern teams — Boston, Toronto we had a great game up there, the atmosphere was unbelievable,” Kerr said. “Competitive game. Milwaukee, same thing. All the teams that you know have a chance to be there at the end, the game takes on a little more significance for us, given where we are.”The fact that we hope to be (in the Finals), we could be there, and you always want to show your best in a game like that.” Of course, it’s January, and after Saturday’s win, the Warriors headed out into Boston’s frozen and traffic-clogged streets on their way to their hotel on Boston Common. If they make their way through the West and come back to this city, the park will be lush and leafy, and summer will be nigh.That still feels an eon away, and Thompson was not taking anything for granted. Asked if he saw this as a potential Finals matchup, he said, “I don’t know, man, I am just trying to embrace tonight. Because if you start thinking about June, you overlook the process, which is the most fun thing about it.”Sure, but the Finals are supposed to be fun, too. And after back-to-back duds, it’s fun to imagine a series that could not only have some intrigue, but be competitive as well.last_img read more