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Letter: Practice kindness now

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In these strange, dangerous times, thank you to all the first responders, fire and police personnel, doctors and nurses, grocery and restaurant staff, volunteers, financial institutions, newspapers, reporters and government officials working in our behalf and giving us accurate information for our wellbeing. So many are seriously affected with no warning.

It’s important to recognize the endless list of unsung support groups that allow those on the front lines to do their jobs and the rest of us grapple with daily changes in a world we don’t recognize — teachers and parents creatively home schooling children, pastors who stream their services online to encourage and hearten their flocks, sanitation, maintenance, postal workers, street department, construction workers who are building our communities for the time when this is over, pets, helpful neighbors, story readers and facemask sewers, and any and all whom I failed to mention. Our respect and appreciation are boundless.

Be Kind is not a slogan. May it become how we live. We may not return to what we knew a few weeks ago. We simply can’t say, but we can follow the guides given us by experts with years of experience fighting communicable diseases.

The beauty of spring is coming. Let the gifts of nature help us maintain our optimism and heal battered spirits and bodies. Stay safe and be well.

Mariah Julio

Crawfordsville

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