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Leaders must lead by example

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A lot of criticism has been directed toward the Trump administration over the handling of the coronavirus. Some of it warranted, some of it not. However, the president, his cabinet members and advisers are all leaders. And leaders must lead by example. The daily White House briefings completely ignore social distancing guidelines with everybody standing in a row behind the person speaking. Meanwhile, a Georgia state senator ignored warnings to stay away from the state’s Capitol building if exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. His symptoms dated back to March 10, and he was tested last Saturday. In between March 10 and Saturday, the Republican said he felt healthy enough to join dozens of legislators, staff members and reporters for a one-day special legislative session at the Capitol. Now, all of Georgia’s state lawmakers are urged to self-isolate themselves for weeks.

Heroes on the front line

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We are hearing stories all across this nation about doctors, nurses and other medical workers putting their own health at risk while treating sick patients. Many of them are working in facilities that are running out of masks and other personal protective equipment. These are the men and women on the front lines. When this is all over they should be honored as heroes.

Protecting the vulnerable

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Other heroes include health care workers who are following strict procedures when providing services to our older family members and keeping them safe. These strict procedures are inconvenient but will help keep the coronavirus from entering these facilities. Also, staff members with the various area school districts are working to distribute lunches to students who are now forced to stay home during this crisis. Many students are in need of these lunches.

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