Lack of leadership is problem

Lack of leadership is problem
                        

Letter to the Editor:

Elected leaders: please lead. When it comes to COVID-19, we’re experiencing an extreme lack of leadership from the federal government down to the city level, and nearly all the leaders I do see are almost entirely reluctant about their leadership but understand it’s necessary to see us through this pandemic.

This shouldn’t have been political. A virus doesn’t care about your political affiliation. At the time of this writing, more than 266,000 Americans have died and way too many people in Tuscarawas County couldn’t care less.

They cared deeply when 2,977 Americans were killed on 9/11. Why don’t they care we’ve experienced the equivalent of about eighty-nine 9/11s since March? Perhaps because our current enemy is invisible and among us — not far away in a foreign land.

I think we can agree we all want to keep our economy open, our schools in session and our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, so can we at least agree on what’s necessary to make that possible?

Look at how COVID-19 has been dealt with across the world. Here in America, we’re failing miserably, and I’m angry we aren’t doing what’s necessary to defeat our common enemy.

One simple and clear message should have been communicated from the top from the start, but it wasn’t, and now we have a war-like number of casualties.

I’m not asking for legislation or mandates. I’m simply asking local leaders to lead by vigorously and continuously promoting a responsible message to the community about wearing masks and social distancing so we can get our businesses, schools, hospitals and ourselves through this next predictably dark chapter.

We’re not through this yet. Thank science a vaccine is on the horizon and thank God you’re still alive to see it — or at least alive at the time of this writing.

Hannah Hubbard

Dover

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