The inability of the public to engage with public officials and employees might be one of the more frustrating aspects of living through a pandemic: the shuttering of whole sectors of the economy — the sectors that heavily rely on walk-in customers — is undoubtedly the most frightening.
While financial stress is a heavy burden during normal times, these are not normal times. There are no jobs and Grand County leads the State of Utah in job loss on a per capita basis.
There is the virus itself. The isolation, whether voluntary or involuntary; the social distancing requirements, the call to constantly wash hands, the fear of not only getting infected, but passing it on.
All of us here in Moab and Grand County, indeed, all of us on the planet, are enduring what mental health experts refer to as a radical life event. While we can’t solve the COVID-19 problem, we here at The Times-Independent can provide an outlet for expression.
And so we ask you, the reader, how are you doing? What are you doing to get through the day? Are you coping or unraveling? Are you ready to open up and let fate do its thing or do you think our community should stay closed for a few more weeks?
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We’ll pick several comments that represent a broad cross section of your sentiments and run them as a regular “Rants and Raves” every Thursday on the Opinion page.
Together, we’ll get through this — hopefully with our humor and sanity intact.