COVID calm makes us proud to be Nebraskans

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April 1. 2020. April Fool’s Day . . . It may be “April Fool’s Day,” but we must be proud of the way Nebraskans have stepped up to the plate when the nation and our state is faced with the coronavirus.
Good old Nebraska; the medical staffs of our health care systems; the citizen volunteers who are sewing masks for health care staffs; corporate financial donors; as well as those citizens who obey the suggestions to follow the mandates of not purchasing excess of needed products; the mass awareness of washing hands to curtail the spread of the virus; and we can’t forget the fast action of the Nebraska Legislature to quickly, unanimously approve emergency funding to fight our battle.
Simply put, “We salute them all and say, ‘I’m proud to be a Nebraskan.’”
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On another thought, no piece of machinery, no man-made satellite, no computer comes close to equaling the intricacy of the human body. Man is duty-bound to take care of that body and to keep it in good health.
It has been said, “Health and money are two temporal blessings. Money is the most envied but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed but the least envied; and this superiority of the later is still more obvious when we reflect that the poorest man would not part with health for money, but that the richest man would gladly part with all his money for health.
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The up-and-down ideas on solutions to virus, stock market and the future of our economy was best described by one observer when he said: “It’s no time for a panic, but it also no time for business as usual.”
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“Almost every man can find work if he uses his brains,” asserted the man who traveled a good deal. “That is, if he has the ability to adapt himself like a piano-tuner I once met in the Far West.”
“We were in a wild unsettled country and I said to him, ‘Surely piano-tuning can’t be very lucrative here. I should not imagine that pianos were plentiful in this region.”
“‘No, they’re not,’ said the piano-tuner, “but I make a pretty fair income by tightening up barbed-wire fences.’”
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Spring is just around the corner. Here’s a reminder:  A gentleman never buys a lawnmower that’s too heavy for his wife to push.

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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