Thursday, 09 April 2020 13:00

From the Publisher: Keeping Society Running

By Chad Beatty | Editorials

GREETINGS TO ALL MY LOYAL READERS,

I hope you are staying safe and following the social distancing protocols. The sooner we can flatten the curve, the sooner we can all get back to regular life. I hope we still remember what ‘regular’ looks like!

Life at the newspaper has been somewhat lonely. We have 4 staff working in the building and we are spread out in different rooms. The in-house staff includes me, 1 sales rep, and 2 graphic designers. The rest of staff is hunkered down at home working remotely.

While I miss seeing the full staff, as well as my advertisers and of course all of you, I am very happy we have been able to provide continuous uninterrupted news and information to keep you ‘in-the-know’ about your community.  Some days have been more challenging than others to find good stories, but this remains a vibrant and caring community with plenty of great stories to tell.

Technically we are living through a once-in-a-century event. The last great pandemic took place 100 years ago. The Spanish Flu lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. It infected roughly 500 million people and killed approximately 70 million. But the Spanish Flu didn’t end the American dream, and neither will COVID-19.

I predict when we come out of this, we will experience a retail and dining boom like we have not seen in our lifetime. I know I am CRAVING: fine dining, hitting the gym, clothes shopping, massage, Jiu-Jitsu, chiropractic, home improvement projects, a haircut, etc. Yes, I am firmly confident that the wheels of capitalism will spin at full speed and cash will be flowing through the economy and the markets.

I suppose in the future, when I am bouncing my grandkids on my knees and they ask “Grandpa, were you alive in the great pandemic of 2020?” I can say “Yes I was sonny; in fact, I wrote about you during the pandemic in a letter to my readers!”

In closing, I, as well as the entire team at Saratoga TODAY, want to send a big heartfelt THANK YOU to all the front-line workers keeping society running. These include but are not limited to doctors, nurses, lab techs, EMT’s, police, firemen, bank tellers, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, power plant operators, garabage collectors, government officials, auto repair workers, chefs, volunteers etc.

God Bless & see everyone soon!

-Chad

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