By Mike Urgo
As early as January 2020 and likely earlier, the US had a chance to get out in front of a virus that is now ravaging our country and doing untold future long term damage to our economy. The intel was available and our top leadership made a choice to ignore the reality of facts and science. Had we followed the truth from the earliest warning signs we may have been spared from the full brunt of this virus and avoided being the country with the most COVID-19 cases in the world.
Some astonishing things have happened over the past month. Many have a newfound and deep appreciation for our emergency responders and front line Dr’s and Nurses. We also see how much we depend on some essential workers like our restaurants, supermarket, and pharmacy employees who are all risking their own health help to serve others. We have seen in this dark hour the talent, compassion, and intelligence of many leaders. Thankfully we have been able to retain some high ranking people of character in our national Government who have led us through the chaos the likes of which we have not seen in over 100 years. Many state Governors including our own Ned Lamont here in CT and Gina Raimondo in RI have shown the moment has not been too big for them. Nationally, Dr. Fauci has become a voice of calm in the storm for many of us. The majority of Americans now see that the science which was initially treated as a "hoax" by US leadership is obviously real and equally terrifying.
An Open Letter to the Residents of North Stonington,
As of the week of 4/4/20 the Board of Finance and Board of Selectman have denied the Fire Company’s request for funding to support putting 2 Per-diem firefighters on during the daytime, Monday - Friday 6am- 4pm, while 90% of our members leave town for their full-time jobs. NSVFC has continued to advocate and advised the town’s leaders for years that this was a concern and a need that was coming.