It was about 20 years ago when Anthony Piel contacted The Lakeville Journal to see if we might be interested in running any opinion pieces from him. One of the most memorable conversations with him about his choice of topics occurred soon enough. It was after 9/11, and he felt strongly that the approach of the U.S.
If you look through some of the ads in this newspaper in recent weeks, it will become obvious just how intensely small businesses of all kinds, for-profit and nonprofit alike, are being affected by the COVID-19 restrictions on operations. For those that are not essential services, as so deemed by the state, their doors are closed.
During this week when our national leaders are telling us this will be our Pearl Harbor or 9/11 event, it is surely difficult for many of us to find the strength to face the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are so many struggling with the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with few well-defined paths to good outcomes right now. The time is unique, but it gives us some feeling of control and comfort, it seems, to compare it to other times and look for historic ways of coping that have worked before and might work now.
When we Americans make it through the COVID-19 pandemic as a viable group, how do we want to remember the time it overtook our nation and our planet, and the way we responded to it? Will we think about how we had to pull back from those around us and bond with our families?