A lot of people stepped up in this tragic pandemic. We as a country have demonstrated our ability to care for one another, to support the most vulnerable, and to fight for those in need. Those people are extraordinary. Doctors, nurses, staff of healthcare centers, grocery store and big box store workers, unemployment office employees...the list continues. The essential workers who risked their lives for us are amazing and we are forever in their debt.
I'm going to say something a smidge controversial: I like Stephen King better in brief.
If there's one solid fact we can take away from the current pandemic, it's that it has exposed the gaping holes in our society; the populations for which our country has fallen desperately short. The unemployed or underemployed. Individuals of color. The poor. The almost poor. The not quite poor but within one disaster from being poor.The disabled. Then there are the systems we are constantly assured are here to help us. The banking industry. Government programs. The health insurance industry. I could go on and on.