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The Daily Planet's Opinion: April 2020
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:44

Let’s flatten curve in pandemic

Much has been said and written about the coronavirus pandemic besieging much of the world, but we especially commend those who invoke the wise words of the great Winston Churchill to inspire us to hang tough through a crisis.

An example was a St. Patrick’s Day address on March 18 by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who said, “We’re asking people to come together as a nation by staying apart from each other.” He added, “This is the calm before the storm — before the surge” in coronavirus cases.

Varadkar then paraphrased a quote by Churchill, Great Britain’s prime minister during World War II: “Never will so many ask so much of so few.” (Churchill’s exact quote: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”)

Also inspiring was a mid-March letter reportedly addressed to the Mercedes dealer network across the U.S. from its CEO, Nicholas Speeks, urging that a brave face be put forward during the pandemic.

He also echoed Churchill’s war cry from 1940 when Britain stared at the possibility of a swift defeat at the hands of Nazi Germany in World War II. “Winston Churchill once said, ‘If you are going through hell ……. KEEP GOING!’ “ Speeks reportedly wrote in the letter. “The challenge we have is not of the dimension he was forced to confront, but that is exactly what we, all of us, are going to do: ‘Keep going.’”

We can do it, Western North Carolina! And, finally, as Churchill said memorably in yet another speech, “... never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”


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