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Updated 3/25/2020 10:15 PM

Healthcare hindsight

It would seem it would have been better if we spent less on a wall and more on our health care system. If I remember correctly, I read that the previous administration recommended more money for the CDC in developing a better medical disaster program. That was shelved by Congress to make room for a tax relief program instead. Now, we need our industries and a strong economy, but if we don't have healthy workers to man those industries and healthy citizens to promote the economy, we wind up in a standstill that will takes months to recover from. So where are we now? We are sending money to the citizens we failed to protect and a health care system we failed to improve. Hindsight is 20/20 for sure but it can't be the norm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Rich Marquardt

Schaumburg

A spirit of gratitude

"The only person you are destined to become, is the person you decide to be." (Emerson)

We find ourselves challenged today in a way that most of us have not known before. That is not to say our individual and collective lives have not had their share of difficulty. What I am saying is that there is a certain universality in how today's challenge is unfolding. No person is unaffected by this. Some are more impacted than others, but none are fully insulated. This is profoundly revealing the inter-connectedness of humanity.

But I digress. What I really wanted to share is how vital it is to recognize and appreciate our New First Responders. If you recently had to attend a meeting from work via the internet, thank the person who assisted in the coordination of making that possible. If you recently stocked up on food and supplies for you home, thank the stock clerk, cashier, maintenance staff, delivery personnel and, yes, the individual who restocks the shopping carts, farmers, production workers, shipping clerks.

If you recently filled up your car with gas, had your newspaper delivered, picked up a pizza at your local restaurant, had a loved one in a specialty care facility being helped, had a prescription renewed, received an online order delivered to your front door, purchased food for your dog, picked up paint supplies to do that special project that you now have time for ...

When I think about all the people I am grateful to, it astounds me. These are the people who need to maintain the goods and services pipeline, the lifeblood of our society. So in addition to the doctors, nurses, fire, police, hospital staff and laboratory personnel, we have so many more to be thankful for. Oh, and if it takes a few additional minutes to get your order at the deli counter or check out at the cashier, let's remember those words above by Emerson.

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God bless you all.

Phillip Zbaraz

Skokie

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