Letter: Compassion, not blame, as we move forward

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To the editor:

We are now in the month of May and it looks like after a two month lockdown there is the potential for restrictions to be lifted gradually. As America as a whole begins to open up the economy, there will be opinions that will be expressed strongly such as: some people are eager to have the economy up and running and want to have everything opened at once; some people prefer to stay in lockdown until they know for sure that the COVID-19 is definitely gone; and there are some people who are in the middle — eager to have the economy open up while still having social distancing.

We need to remember during this time of uncertainty as America is attempting to establish some type of normalcy that this deadly virus is still here and has not disappeared. Yo create some sort of normal, everyone will need to do their part in helping to move this process forward, which means the first thing we need to do is to stop playing the "blame game." It is very easy to blame a political party or a foreign country as being at fault for bringing this terrible virus to the United States. We can continue to play this "blame game" but the truth of the matter is it does not get rid of the virus and it causes bitterness and resentment and serves as a distraction from the matter at hand.

We are definitely in unsettling and nerve wracking times, but the good news is that the restrictions are being lifted in phases and we are beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of a very long tunnel. In order to make it to end of the tunnel and to see the light fully lit, there will be setbacks along the way, but try not to be discouraged. We will return to some sort of normal again but it will take patience and time.

As we move along this difficult journey, let us all try to have understanding, compassion, love, and kindness towards each other. Although our lives are completely different from each other, we are all in the same storm and let us try to be there for each other as much as we are able to.

Please continue to have hope, stay safe and be well! We will get through this together— one day at a time.

Kelly Koperek,

Lee

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