To the Editor,
Last night was another of those occasions when my brain was racing so much with thought that it wouldn’t’ shut down long enough to allow me more than three hours of sleep. One of the things I wondered about during that night was if we shouldn’t make a revision in our definition of heroes.
Our newer definition, I think, should specifically mention people like nurses, firemen, doctors, EMTs, paramedics, store clerks, those who deliver our pre-ordered merchandise to our cars so we won’t be exposed to the virus, in other words every one who has any role to play in servicing the public during the pandemic.
Let’s face it, Donald Trump has changed the definition of “normal” in politics and its become an aberration of all we as a nation believe in. His heroes are the ones who ruthlessly take advantage of others, without so much as a twitch of conscience—assuming of course that they still have the remnants of one. We have a different vision.
It’s time for this change in our understanding of what really makes a hero. Yes, we have heroes in titanic struggles like wars, but this is a daily struggle.
The medical personnel reporting to work expose themselves to this disease with each patient they treat, the police and fire departments expose themselves to it every time they answer a call—over and above the normal hazards associated with those jobs—store clerks too are exposed to the C-19 and yet show up for work every day and hammer out their jobs in the face of all we don’t know about the virus.
Certainly there are others who deserve to be mentioned but these are the scattered thoughts that ran through my mind at 02:45 (aka-zero-dark-thirty) today. Just thought I’d share.
Daniel F. Giallombardo