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Published by Halston Media, 2020-03-17 19:56:25

Yorktown News 03.19.20

Vol. 8 No. 51 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, March 19, 2020

We are here for the community

during this uncertain time

Dear Beloved Community, essay in 1948 called “On Living in an lives, how we treat our neighbors, and Page 2 or Page 4, we provide a directory
Atomic Age.” e point of the Facebook how we act as leaders. of phone numbers and email addresses
Iwant to avoid the pitfalls that may post was to replace the phrase “atomic that you can contact at this newspaper,
come with writing a front-page letter bomb” with “coronavirus,” and Lewis’ My own response has been far from and we encourage you to do so.
about COVID-19, the disease caused argument remains the same. perfect. roughout this crisis, I’ve been
by coronavirus. incredibly concerned about the state of A newspaper is no ordinary business.
“ is is the rst point to be made: and the local economy and how it will impact We have the ability to make a positive,
I don’t want to contribute to a panic, the rst action to be taken is to pull our- our clients, and frankly, how it will impact and in fact, life-saving impact on our
nor do I want to downplay the serious- selves together,” Lewis wrote. “If we are us. I’ve probably caused undue alarm for community. An example of this was a
ness of this either. all going to be destroyed by [coronavirus], my children, my wife, and my employees. story we published on March 5, on the
let that [virus] when it comes nd us do- front page of our sister publication, e
I aim to speak from the heart and to be ing sensible and human things—praying, But over the last week, I’ve been Somers Record, about a local woman in
candid with you. I write this as a fellow working, teaching, reading, listening to incredibly inspired by the leadership I’ve need of a kidney and liver donation.
member of the community, as a local music, bathing the children, playing ten- seen by my colleagues in each depart-
business owner, and as the publisher of nis, chatting to our friends over a pint and ment of our business. One colleague who After publishing the article, three
the leading source of hyper-local news a game of darts—not huddled together received a rare piece of good news last residents in Somers contacted the woman
in this town. I also write this as a father, like frightened sheep and thinking about to say that they would donate a kidney
husband, son, employer and friend. [coronavirus]…” ursday sent an email to the entire sales to her, should they be a match. What
team as an inspirational note, and as an a blessing that we could share this vital
I’m confused about this crisis. I read is is not a perfect analogy, because attempt to boost my mood and the mood information, and what an amazing testa-
con icting articles and analyses, where sadly, in the case of coronavirus, our own of others. ment that we had readers respond with
some compare coronavirus favorably bodies may unknowingly be carrying the such an amazing o er of sel essness.
to the u, and some say coronavirus is deadly weapon that could cause harm to Meanwhile, my editorial colleagues
far worse, and that our country will be someone else. But our overriding concern, have become leaders in communicating at is the spirit that is alive and well
completely shut down in a few weeks, just especially for those of us relatively young breaking news through our TAPinto. in our communities. is is the life that
like Italy. Indeed, since I began drafting and healthy, should not be focused on our net community websites and through C.S. Lewis was calling us to live.
this letter, we’ve come close to this. It’s own personal safety, but how our actions our pages on Facebook. Because of their
also a bit perilous to write my thoughts in may impact the elderly and other vulner- leadership, we’ve become an important I know these health and economic
a weekly paper, as the situation is fast- able people. pipeline of information to the commu- scares are frightening. We will pull
moving, and from the time this paper nity. through this stronger than before.
went to press to the time it arrived in your But to Lewis’ point, as we are chal-
mailbox, things may have changed drasti- lenged as individuals, families and com- And the rest of our team has stepped roughout this temporary crisis, it is
cally. But what I write about is timeless. munities, and also as a country, our focus up by simply being present, working hard, our pledge to you that we will be a calm,
should not be entirely on how we prevent and trying to ignore all the pessimism unifying force for good in the community.
A Christian pastor and friend of mine sickness and death, but how we live our surrounding us.
reposted a column on Facebook by the -Brett Freeman
late, brilliant C.S. Lewis, who wrote an I want the community to know that
we are here for you. Each week, either on CEO & Publisher of

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