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Keeping Each Other Safe

Each morning when I wake up, I keep thinking this day will be different. I will hear people singing in church, I will see children running about on playgrounds and I will notice parking lots filled with shoppers and workers. But then I remember.

So I clear my head and face what is real. I sit down at my home computer and begin my workday, usually long before many of you are up. I am a morning person and that fact makes me more appreciative of the people who put in the night hours at all kinds of jobs.

Because this virus has changed how we do just about everything, from gathering the news to buying toilet paper, every day is a small or great challenge, depending on your occupation.

I have a friend who works in a hospital ICU. Is there apprehension in her voice when she heads off to work? She tries not to show it because she also has her own family to care.

Each day I look over the police and sheriff’s reports that are sent to our office. There are the usual calls of traffic stops and someone getting rowdy after one too many beers. But with many businesses closed, there are more foot patrols and doors being checked for intruders.

It kind of reminds me of The “Andy Griffith Show” when the sheriff goes around the town with a flashlight and shakes doorknobs. Yet I know there is much more danger to law enforcement these days than when Sheriff Andy and Deputy Fife walked the beat. A shooting in East Wheeling the other night proves that.

Today, because there are so many people staying home, there are more people watching out for each other. There are more calls for “suspicious” vehicles or circumstances because there are more eyes than ever looking out windows.

Law enforcement officers are being asked to check on students and their families when a teacher has not heard from a student in a while. Deputies still pull over and cite speeders.

The pandemic doesn’t give us the right to bend or forget laws. If anything, we should do our best to walk the straight and narrow and ease up on the pressures for those trying to keep us safe.

Until the new normal arrives, we have a duty to ourselves and to our neighbors more than ever. Let’s nip this pandemic in the bud. Nip it!

Heather Ziegler can be reached at hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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