5,133 new coronavirus cases reported in Kentucky


The lines have been drawn for months. The information is readily available. It’s now a matter of a personal choice. Lectures, name-calling, shaming and political rhetoric does little to change opinions.


What will win the day against the COVID pandemic? Kindness and common sense.


It’s time to stop beating each other up through the news media and on social media. Sensational quotes from one political leader to another don’t change public opinion. Posting derogatory comments on a social media wall rarely shifts convictions.


We are in desperate need of kindness. Showing kindness and speaking kindly to one another. Kentuckians are worn out and thread bare from having to make decisions and process change and uncertainty due to the pandemic. Kindness would help us along the path of healing.


Another step on the healing path is common sense. The best decisions are the ones made closest to home. This pandemic has caused widespread difficulty, but the difficulties have not been equal. One community has faced challenges that were not faced in the neighboring community. Local leaders know how to respond and they must be trusted to do what is best for their community.


Local decision-making will help governments, school systems, churches and other organizations find their way through the pandemic. National, statewide, and, to some degree, regional decisions are far less effective than wise leadership on a local level. Local leaders know their community and are best suited to lead it.


We all want the pandemic to pass. Kindness and common sense will help us be the neighbors we should be. We might even find they will heal even more than a virus.


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