(Mike Allen)

Another week, another chapter in the future book that will be written about this time in our state.

COVID-19 cases are surging, you may have heard, and our hospitals are filling up to capacity. To make matters worse than at any point during the pandemic, hospital workers are in short supply, stressing the health care system even further.

Gov. Kevin Stitt spoke out this past week after a long period of silence. He had fire and brimstone in his words. It was an impassioned speech we rarely get from him; one that you would expect of an elected leader tackling the pressing issues affecting our state. Except this public address was about … Afghanistan. To borrow a meme phrase, “Wut?”

I have a feeling Stitt will eventually come back around to talking about what’s happening, you know, here in Oklahoma with COVID-19, and our old friend “Personal Responsibility” will make a return. You probably remember him as a catchphrase often employed last year by Stitt, but one that was rarely put into practice by a sizable chunk of the state’s population. It never made much sense as life advice in the first place, but at least it seemed like the governor was trying.

Will the message of personal responsibility break through this time? It likely won’t, but it’s probably better for leadership to show they have been paying attention rather than doing whatever it is they’ve been doing for the last month and a half. I would take any progress at this point.

Past Sundaze comics

Finally burger time? In-N-Out should be in OKC
The delta variant is getting a little too trendy
Git along little dogies: It’s SEC or bust
California fires bring the hazy days of summer to OKC
Western lows: The unclear motivations of Western Heights board members
Despite housing prices, more mosquitoes moving in
Pizza and other strange things are afoot at the Circle K
Canoo tax incentives more elusive than great blue whale
Where is the beef? Where is the receipt?
‘The COVID 19’ lingers around the waistband
The complex puzzle of OU’s Cross Village dorms
Sonic seltzer: The Oklahoma collaboration we didn’t know we needed
Gov. Meathead should bring back Onion Burger Day at the State Capitol
Budget match: The audience wants to go home
As mask mandate ends, remember not to litter
Everyone getting pegged with a charter school audit
Real ID: Thank you so much for playing my game
Gold Dome renovation could involve taxpayer subsidy
OU basketball says goodbye to Lon Kruger, Sherri Coale
Keanu Reeves in OKC? Excellent!
New depths of boredom after a year with COVID
Demolishing OU housing towers should be a breeze
Happy tastes good: Oklahoma wants to be Texas?
Rolling blackouts: Storm saga so confusing
You’re on your own: It’s too cold for Cupid this year
COVID vaccine: Never doubt what nobody is sure about
Oklahoma Legislature: A mask for thee, but not for me