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Happy Holidays…

Each holiday season has found all of us at Health and Science Center wishing all of you a sincere “Seasons Greetings.” Along with best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

This year’s significantly different. In 2020, the Covid19 virus has brought us personal tragedy and a public economic challenge that was unthinkable last December. It has divided us politically, and with the most woefully painful numbers, has certainly divided the “haves” from the “have nots,” and from those who wear a mask to help save lives from those who somehow see that act as an “infringement” on their rights. For the most part, our political leadership, on both sides, have failed to act, and lead.

But if the current pandemic has proven one thing, it’s that our caregivers: from those of you on the front lines, fighting this disease, to those who stock our grocery shelves, sort and deliver our mail, and provide education in the classroom or online, have been the true heroes in our country. Most of us are just beginning to realize the simple fact that they have always been heroes living and working amongst us, just as our serviceman and women, and our police, firefighters, and EMTs have been.

And if you need further proof, you’ll find it in the increasing numbers of the next generation that are going into healthcare studies, inspired by everyone from Dr. Anthony Fauci to the CNA who’s not only caring for someone’s granddad or mom, but might be their only human contact in their final hours.

As we celebrate, as best we can, this normally most joyous of seasons, may we all not just benefit from there example but live up to it. “We are a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country,” Robert F. Kennedy declared in his last speech. Eldercare workers are proof of that.

May we all find that spirit in ourselves in 2021.

Happy Holidays,

Tim McGrath

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