Tough love, a plea from nurses, surging numbers, Council set to pass biennial budget tomorrow

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November 16, 2020

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The outlook for a safe and effective vaccine is certainly looking good, based on today’s news.   The fact is, however, that it will be several months until a vaccine becomes widely available.  And between that time and today, we stand on the brink of a truly dark winter. 

I’m going to speak bluntly. It’s time for all of us to toughen up, stop complaining and resolve to meet the challenges of this virus head-on.  Yes, we’re facing four weeks – at a minimum – of tight restrictions on gatherings and activities.  The fact is that the current surge in our state is far worse than the outbreaks we lived through last spring and summer.

The Governor’s new restrictions are absolutely appropriate, given our current circumstances.  See the numbers and charts below.  Unless we really buckle down, our state is facing overwhelmed hospitals and public health systems.   We flattened the curve last spring and we can do it again.  And if we hunker down now, we’re more likely to shorten the time before we’re free again!      

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.