To the Editor:
I grew up in Fairmont and my parents still live there. My father, Dan Kehrberg, has been writing Christmas letters for over 50 years, but this year’s letter is a little different but extremely thought-provoking in my opinion. I hope you find it timely and meaningful. Here it is:
2020 – Oh what a year
Few hopes and many a fear
Who knew what a virus could do
With lives lost and business askew
With whom did you agree and take an alliance?
With doubt and conspiracy or data and science?
Were you siding with Trump or listening to Fauci?
Yet maintaining your sanity without getting grouchy
Can’t we agree on one simple task?
We can keep people healthy by donning a mask
Is it really so hard to socially distance?
Or are we objecting by taking a stance?
It “sucks” – not getting together with friends
Netflix and eating have become the new trends
I think you’ll agree and know what I mean
When I say, “Holy cow, can we get a vaccine?”
We are hoping that life can quickly resume
Over the fear and predictions of gloom
Not celebrating with family this Holiday season
Should provide incentive and a good enough reason
Kids are missing out by not being in school
And on-line learning just isn’t so cool
Teachers and parents are adjusting as well
To an ever changing COVID schedule
America has seen too much violence
Burning and looting just make no sense
Let’s move forward with hope and optimism
For love and respect can end this schism
So, can we take a step back and reassess?
And just ask God to “Bless this mess”
2021 has got to be a better year
So, “hang in there,” as its soon to be here