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April 01, 2021 - Joe Rodgers

Covid-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans from Guam to the continental United States to the Virgin Islands. It has been a devastation year for many people across the globe. The disease, which has shuttered businesses nationwide and sent the economy into a tailspin, has claimed the lives of more than 531, 000 Americans since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

Life, for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones from COVID-19, will never be the same. Together, we morn and pray for them and for those who left us far too soon. We must always remember the lives well lived.

Positive advances are occurring. Millions of Americans have received their immunization vaccine. Johnson & Johnson has joined with Merck to produce more serum along with Pfizer and Moderna. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) will deliver $1.9 trillion in critical aid to the most vulnerable communities who are still suffering the worst effects of the COVID crisis. It is the second-largest bill ever passed. President Biden signed the bill into law allowing many Americans' lives improve for the better.

There are more reasons to remain optimistic. Teachers are being vaccinated. Schools are reopening. Local governors are reducing restrictions permitting businesses to increase capacity. President Biden, the former vice president and U.S. Senator has four decades of relationships with union leaders behind him, setting him up to be the most labor-friendly president the United States has ever had. And daylight savings time is here!

As I wrote earlier, it has been a devastating year. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I hope everyone takes time to see that we are on the verge of positive change. We could all use some good news!

Happy Easter to you and your family and God bless.