I must say that this year has been very challenging and, after months of in-home closure, it has been so nice to experience the phase one opening of restaurants and stores. It has also been extremely challenging as we have had so many issues that have led to all the protests. And, while peaceful protests can make a difference, they are not adhering to social distancing and that is not good. I purposely used the word peaceful protests because there has been so much hate and conflict in many of them. Burning down businesses, throwing rocks and bricks at police officers, closing down sections of cities – this is all wrong. We need to respect the rules that the state and government set for our safety and, more importantly, we need to respect and appreciate the police officers who defend our homes, our businesses, and our lives. The majority are really courageous, good, and kind people. They do not deserve the current climate they have been subjected to.
As we begin the summer season, we should all continue to be cautious about stopping the spread of the coronavirus. It would be tragic to have to be forced to stay at home again. Summer is the time to enjoy our family and close friends. We are fortunate to have so many places we can enjoy while still respecting social distancing. It is important to support the local businesses now more than ever when so many companies and restaurants have closed their doors.
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Wishing all of you a safe and fun summer.
Roberta B. Turner