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Letter: Crisis is teaching us self-reliance

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The current COVID-19 crisis has caught most Americans unprepared. It has caused changes in the way we live our lives and in our culture. What we need to do now is profit by our experiences and move forward.

We are learning to have sufficient food on hand to last for a few weeks, to work from home, to tutor our children, to cook and bake, to garden, and a renewed faith in Divine Providence. In other words, we are learning to take responsibility for our own lives. This is a good thing.

Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but if we as a nation can maintain these changes, we can have better health, less pollution, and most importantly, a renewed sense of family. Whether through worship, educating our children, cooking and eating as a family, or other productive chores, we have been given the opportunity to return to a way of life that has been eroding in our country since the 1960s.

Certainly, there are some, what one might call the “ruling elite,” who would...

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