We’ve all heard the uproar regarding the cancellations or postponements of large gatherings like proms, sporting events, concerts, weddings and most concerning this month graduations. My heart goes out to those students and parents who will not be able to experience a traditional graduation due to the COVID fear or more concerning the overreaching government control. However, there is a solution.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to shop in Walmart, Lowes, Menards, Fleet Farm and many other stores. Now each time how could I not notice the "social distancing" guidelines and "rules" put into place? They're everywhere you go.

For the most part, customers and employees were practicing smart social distancing guidelines, which is a good thing.

During a recent visit to the Detroit Lakes Menards I couldn’t find a parking space remotely near the entrance. In fact, I commented that I don’t think I’ve ever seen the store so crowded.

There was social distancing taking place, so that’s not the issue at all. What I did start to think about is why don’t the schools have their graduation ceremonies at Menards or Lowes or Walmart?

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I mean, it makes since if they are worried about having 1,500 people in the Fargodome, put 1,500 people in Menards and have the graduates walk up the plumbing aisle. Parents could be off on the lumber side with their families.

Let’s face it. The CDC came out this week stating they got it wrong again and the virus isn’t transferred easily off surfaces, so if everyone came into the store, i.e. graduation, wearing a mask and touched very little we should be good.

Why would we stop there? Lately there has been a call for "mail in balloting" for the November general election. But why? Again, if the concern is standing in lines and the thought is how "dangerous" that could be during an election (but don’t use the Wisconsin primary a few months ago as your test as they had an in person voting primary with little to no additional outbreak) set up the voting stations at Walmart. Seems there is always lines of people in there.

These are unprecedented challenging times. I know or have spoken to many of the young men and women in this 2020 class and I’m impressed with your maturity in handling these challenges.

To the class of 2020: I truly wish you the best in your future.