Gebler-let

Posted 5/6/20

To the Editor, Our plates are full, friends. People are sad that distant learning will continue in many states for the remainder of the school year. Our empathy is strong for every graduating senior who will quietly receive a mailed diploma rather than

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To the Editor,

Our plates are full, friends. People are sad that distant learning will continue in many states for the remainder of the school year. Our empathy is strong for every graduating senior who will quietly receive a mailed diploma rather than tossing a cap in the air to celebrate their graduation. Kids, and the adults who love them, are missing school sports, recreational sports and simple pickup games with their friends.

We are ALL missing the freedom to be anywhere we want to be at any time of day or night. We’re tired of staying in houses where we once yearned for spare time to quietly enjoy our busy lives. Many of us miss hugging friends, family, coworkers, teachers and the numerous others we automatically embrace on a daily basis when we see them.

We are worried about the small business owners we patronize who may not survive. As time passes, more of us find we know someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Some struggle 24/7 with not being able to visit friends and family in nursing homes. Families have said goodbye to loved ones without the closure of a funeral.

The hardest part of this pandemic is there is no end date. Yes, we’ve been educated and have an understanding of flattening the curve. But, there’s no date when we know for sure that we can safely resume our daily lives.

We yearn to live in a manner we have all now learned we took for granted and assumed would never change. That’s a fact and a reality and a common denominator we all share. Yes, our plates are definitely full.

Empathy, compassion and patience are just like Lysol, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. They are in short supply, difficult to find and more important than ever. Be well friends. Do your best to be patient with yourself and others.

Lori Gebler

Warwick

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Wuggly

Why not just open it all? If you're in an "at risk" group, stay in. Let the rest of us carry on with our lives and save our businesses. I believe safety measures should be taken like social distancing and masks in stores. Restaurants will have to compromise with their capacity but we can also allow them to stay open 24 hours a day if they wish. Reduce regulations in general for all businesses.

Patrons can choose to go and shop or not. Can we agree that closing outdoor beaches and parks was ludicrous? Even when these were open who was getting close to others besides a quick "Hi how are you" as you pass on the trail?

After all if we can keep abortion clinics open, isn't it "my body, my choice"?

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