Letter to the editor: Necessary changes

To the editor:

We seem to be turning the corner on the devastating effects of this pandemic; that is yet to be seen. We know the huge toll in death and illness, the “Armageddon” that medical teams have faced in hospitals and nursing facilities, the desperation of the millions who have lost their jobs, the fear and sacrifice experienced by the many who continue to provide essential services. I hope at least we can use this challenging time to reassess ourselves and our nation and perhaps make valuable changes

The pandemic has turned a harsh spotlight on the massive disparities in our income and medical care, in food and housing security, in political influence. We have to change this if we are to honor our nation’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I hope we will long remember the courageous people who have taken great risks to be there for all of us. I hope their generosity, bravery and caring will become more a part of our national character.

I hope we can recognize what is really important: a sense of community, a willingness to help and share, valuing family and friends, appreciating quiet and using time wisely. Perhaps we will be content living with less stuff and less busyness, and perhaps we will allow the earth a chance to recover from the perils we have been putting it through. I hope we will create a better world for the children who will not even remember this difficult time.

Joe Douglas,

Lawrence

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