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3/25/2020 12:55:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence County speaks
Lawrence Countians offer thoughts about COVID-19
It's been a week like no other in Lawrence County. Schools and businesses are closed indefinitely, and local health officials were gearing up for a possible crisis. Many of us are a lot less wealthy than we were a week ago, and the future has never seemed so uncertain. A few of you were asked to share your thoughts. This is what you had to say.

Steve Anderson, news director, WAKO radio: "It is surreal - no major sports at all. No live music in front of an audience. No close social contact with people. It truly is the end of the world as we know it."

Carl Aten, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors: "My concern for family is greater because of this crisis. I intend to be prudent without panic. Despite adversities, I've learned to always have hope. I may regret what the future holds, but faith as a Christian allows me to be at peace and not afraid."

Rev. Roger Boyd, Lawrenceville: "For the church worldwide, the pandemic has reinforced the urgency of Jesus' commands, 'Love the Lord your God,' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Dianne Brumley, Lawrence Public Library administrator: "It is the best and worst of times. I see my college-age daughters more, but they can't be with their friends. We no longer have a routine, but at least we're having meals together again."

David Burgett, Lawrence County Board: "Social distancing is about protecting each other. As invulnerable as you may be, the virus can still be carried to others less immune. Be responsible."

Michael Crask, Bridgeport Mayor: "These are unprecedented times we are in. Everyone needs to try and follow the guidelines provided so we can get back to normal quickly."

Dave Crooks, owner, WAKO radio: "We must step up and try and mirror our greatest generation. Our parents and grandparents were called to war. They understood sacrifice. It's time for all of us to unite for the common good."

Billy Darnell, St. Francisville Chief of Police: "Trust in God, this virus and all of the things we are going through as a species will never be fixed by man. Trust God."

Aaron Ferguson, Chairman, Lawrence County Republicans: "I believe in this confusing time, we need to help each other and remember that God is still in control."

Tony Gaither, Bridgeport Grade School Principal: "The most important thing for me is to focus on the things that I can control - helping my family, friends, finances and my community."

Bob and Tamara Gher, Lawrenceville: "We are being cautious and hoping that this isn't the new normal. It's starting to remind me of the stories my parents told me about the depression and rationing. We need an anchor to secure the vessel during the storm as Nancy Irwin reminded us."

Don Goff, community-minded retiree: "My family and I are hunkered down, being aware of the potential of running into friends and/or a careless person who have yet to give it the level of credibility it deserves. That will be the point where they or I are most likely not to follow the suggest rules and we lend our bodies to the experiment of lowering the number of individuals who become infected. Just loving our neighbors!"

Ron Green, Chauncey: "Mom and I being in the high risk group, have been staying home as much as possible since the first of January, due to flu season and now the virus. We're sad for all of those who have been laid off."

Steve Groner, Lawrence County Industrial Development Council: "I hope the shutdowns are timely and helpful. The non-health impacts will be with us for a long time."

John Hamilton, Lawrenceville author: "If anything brings down the Trump Administration, it will be the aftermath of the coronavirus. In any case, the nation will survive."

Donn Hammer, retired Lawrenceville educator: "I am deeply concerned and feel threatened by the coronavirus liability. Without question I am committed to following the government and medical guidelines to the maximum. The corona presence could be a monumental society changer."

Dan Hartley, advertising manager, Daily Record: "I understand how people can be frustrated, and frantic during this time. Let's focus on what we can do and take it day by day."

Bryan Havill, Red Hill High School basketball coach: "Take each day as it comes. Maybe we should worry more about our souls than where we can get our next roll of toilet paper."

Janet Kavanaugh: "We're in strange times and uncharted waters, but if we all follow the guidelines and work together, this too shall pass. In the meantime, I urge citizens to remain calm and keep updated with reputable news sources, not social media."

Roger Kull, Lawrenceville insurance agent: "While we follow the shelter in place guidelines, there are many we are thankful for who leave their shelters each day to provide care and important goods for our county. Keep these people in mind as we take this opportunity to spend quality time with our families, dust off the board games and do our part to stay healthy."

Allen Large, retired Lawrenceville attorney: "I think this is a time that we should be mindful of not only our own wellbeing, but that of all others."

Kathleen Lewis, publisher, Daily Record: "I have no words of wisdom, except to follow the advice of our president and governor. Being one of those in the vulnerable population I'm trying to be careful, but have faith in our adjoining counties' hospitals to meet the challenge if necessary. My most pressing worry is getting one of my granddaughters out of Italy."

Jim Luthe, retired Lawrenceville jack of all trades: "As the novel says, I see it as 'the worst of times and the best of times.' I'm disappointed in the hoarding as the worst of human nature but happily wowed by the Godly nature I have seen in others as they take care of those unable to handle the unprecedented changes that our world requires to deal with this."

Chris Lyles, teacher, Red Hill High School: "It's disorienting. I'm not sure what to believe, or what's coming next."

Blayze Miller, Lawrenceville insurance agent: "I'm curious how this will shape our society for the future. It could rapidly increase the number of work from home employees, online schooling for children and online food ordering for our many employers, schools and restaurants. Society will have to adapt to this new normal, which is unknown to us right now."

Matt Pargin, investment counselor, Lawrenceville: I think we are going to look back and see how united we were as a country during this tough time and it will lead to great perseverance. It's similar to 2001. My hope is we can harness that energy much longer than last time."

Tom Robinson, Lawrence County Board: "I'm thankful we live in a small, rural, county where community leaders come together for the good of the citizens. The Lawrence County Health Department has been amazing!"

Daniel Shinkle, Lawrence County Public Defender: "For some people, this is a really tough time. Most of us needed a chance to step back and slow down and rethink some things. Maybe some of those thoughts can be toward those who aren't doing so well right now."

John Supinie, Lawrenceville City Hall office manager: "At a time when the nation is divided like I've never seen, we can pull together and overcome an obstacle that threatens our health, economy and peace of mind. So, please, share some Charmin with your neighbor."

Ken Waller, CUSD 20 school board: "In days of uncertainty, it's important to remain calm and have faith in our leadership to make the best decisions for our health and safety."

Joe Weger, Lawrence County Democratic leader: "Politics aside, I am struck that the very people who many suggested do not deserve a living wage are now the workers we are dependent upon for our day to day survival. Thank you all so much!"

Garth Whewell, minister, Rising Sun Christian Church: "As we experience these current events, I think it is a simple reminder that humans can't control everything. It reminds us that God is the One who is in control and we just need to trust him for His sustenance and provision. He has not abandoned His Lawrence County throne."

Crystal Wimberly, reporter, Daily Record: "I think we should all be aware of the situation, but I don't think people should panic. Our lives have been disrupted, but it's nothing we can't handle for a few weeks."



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