These are very trying times. The massive loss of life, especially within the older generation, is unprecedented in modern times. While the measures taken by all forms of government were necessary, the pain of those measures will not be over when the last person is discharged from the hospital.
The financial burden placed on this country is immense. The towns and cities will be looking to the county for help, the county will be looking to the state and the state to the federal government.
As a people, we have elected those that promised to give us back the most. It is human nature. The blame for past overspending does not rest solely on the shoulders of one person or political party. Almost all of those, both past and present, in political office are to blame. The check that we thought our grandchildren would have to pay may soon be at hand. We cannot continue to spend money we don’t have. There is no such thing as a free government program.
Governments, from local to federal, must not spend more than they have. If this simple truth is not adhered to, then the pain of COVID-19 will be nothing compared to what awaits us.
Very few are alive that would remember the great depression, but, it is something that we do not want to be repeated. Twenty-five million workers are currently out of work, but most of those will be returning once the social restrictions are lifted.
All business will not return, all people will not be able to continue to find employment in their past fields. We will be facing a different world after COVID-19.
We need to start preparing for the different future that awaits us. Good luck to us all.
Dennis Lynn, Montague