What a difference a few weeks can make. At the end of January, very few of us had even heard of the coronavirus…but now it is seared into our collective consciousness and will likely remain there for the rest of our lives.
As with every other national crisis, there have been many heartbreaking stories and associated revelations. We have been shown, in no uncertain terms, that many of our national systems are near a breaking point. We have learned that inadequate planning and slow response from leaders can magnify a crisis. We have learned that we are not in control of the world around us and that such an assumption can have perilous repercussions.
However, we have also learned that the human spirit can be as mighty as any force of nature and that sometimes it takes adversity to bring that to light. Although, social media is cluttered with plenty of trash, it is also filled with wonderful stories of people going out of their way for their neighbors. Stories about people hand sewing surgical masks, some offering to shop for those who can’t, and local police visiting a young girl to wish her a happy birthday after her party was cancelled. Simply amazing.
In this edition of The Community Advocate you will find many current stories about the Coronavirus and information you need about the local response. But, if you are a long-time reader, you will also know there are plenty of stories about the wonderful and unique people who make our community great. It’s what we’ve always done and will continue to do. We have always subscribed to the belief that there is way more good in every community than there is bad…we just need to give it equal attention.
You will also see a new icon we have created called “Community Matters.” We created this as a subtle reminder that we are all stronger when we stand together…even if that is six feet apart. We will use this icon to highlight the people and programs that serve to make our community stronger. If we don’t work together to highlight the good, the bad will get more attention than it deserves.
If you are aware of a story that our readers need to hear about please email our Managing Editor Bonnie Adams at [email protected] or, if you wish to reach me personally, please email me at [email protected] We want to hear from you…any time for any reason, because this is your community and it is your community newspaper.
In the meantime, be healthy, be optimistic and be good to those around you.