Op/Ed

Editorial: Profiles in courage

Readers of the Addison Independent, of our digital newsletters and our Thursday print edition, will have noticed that among the many news stories about the novel coronavirus’ impact on the county, there are also an unusual number of profiles in courage. Amidst the hardship, it is inspiring and uplifting to see so many individuals and businesses contribute to the public good in so many ways. 
On today’s front page, pay particular attention to the role of the dedicated crew at Addison County Home Health and Hospice, whose work takes them into the homes of their patients, working in close proximity by necessity. They are on the front lines in this particular battle in ways that make what they do year-in and year-out that much more inspiring. Take the time to read past the headline and off the front page. Learn what they do and reflect for a moment on what it means to be in their shoes, as with the other medical providers throughout the state.
On a completely different front, Vergennes educational toy distributor WowToyz saw an opportunity to help and by the end of this week will have distributed toys to about 7,000 students throughout Addison County and neighboring schools in Chittenden County. It’s an extremely generous offer and will be, no doubt, a welcome present to parents whose kids have been learning remotely from home.
If only the nation’s leaders could respond with such selfless care and generosity; that is the spirit that makes a nation great.
Angelo Lynn
 
 
 
 
 

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