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Roethlisberger and the Governor Splitting Hairs Over Covid-19

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Roethlisberger and the Governor Splitting Hairs Over Covid-19

Roethlisberger and the Governor Splitting Hairs Over Covid-19
May 21
20:54 2020

The photo above is my son giving me a haircut – a new experience for both of us.  It was necessitated by my inability to visit my local barbershop for several weeks.  I was actually in need of a haircut when the shutdown hit.

Unlike my tonsorial experience, the trimming of the hair and beard of the Pittsburg Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has garnered a rebuke to both the footballer and his friendly barber from Pennsylvania’s Democrat Governor Tom Wolf.

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Wolf said that “anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we have to try to avoid.”  Harm’s way?  That is just the kind of overreaction that is getting the American people tired of the excesses of the lockdown.

Now, make no mistake about it.  Big Ben definitely needed a haircut and his beard trimmed – as seen in the photo atop this commentary.  His pre-grooming photographs made him look like a guy emerging from the jungle after being lost in the wilderness for months.

It should be noted that this was not a commercial transaction.  Mr. Norman, of Norman’s Cutting Edge Barber Shop, is an old buddy of Big Ben.  The shop was not open for business.  In fact, it had been closed in compliance with the lockdown rules.  Mr. Norman was just doing a favor for a friend.  It was no more a menace to public safety than my son trimming my locks.

Big Ben and Mr. Norman are close friends – and were hardly clandestinely breaking the law.  In fact, the whole thing surfaced because they video recorded the action and put it up on social media – sans instant replays.  Not much different than me getting that photo of my son working on his old man.

But that did not stop Governor Wolf and a number of pandemic vigilantes from blowing steam through their masks.  As might be expected, most of the folks in football-loving Pennsylvania appear to be siding with Big Ben – with Wolf coming off as some Locks Stress Monster.

Until we retrieve the country from the hyper-cautious and the perma-scared, I guess we will just have to endure the type of nonsense that Governor Wolf exhibited over a haircut.  Geeez!

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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