Election fervor has faded and the real world has crept in. Kansans continue their daily lives and work amid growing distress as COVID-19 infiltrates our communities.

Battling this scourge should be — should always have been — front and center at the federal level. Yet the U.S. has the highest death count in the world. The recent rate of spread in this, a supposedly developed country, boggles the mind, heart and soul.