My morning coffee is working as planned…stimulating my thought process as I review the past week and collect my thoughts to share with you.
The looming question remains: Do we open our economy to stem the economic disaster and risk further spread of illness, or do we remain in lockdown to limit the transmission of disease? While more data is needed, the likely answer is: BOTH. This week saw divisiveness and dysfunction continue, but there is far more cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government, business, health care, social services, and people-helping-people than meets the eye. The media makes you dig a bit, but as you parse through the headlines, you discover so much that is being done to overcome the challenges we face. I am optimistic and enthusiastic about our future as the United States government and so many of our fellow Americans are proving to be tremendously resilient. I hope you are seeing the same things.
We could be running out of paper, but not toilet paper!
What is most uplifting for me and our team here at Christina is the fact that there are many sincere and honest individuals and businesses who have continued to pay rent to the extent reasonably possible. For those who demonstrate the need for assistance, we are responsive and supportive. For those who are simply taking advantage of the situation (courts are closed, and evictions are not possible or popular), they will pay a price as the tide rises. Just as those who didn’t need to avail themselves of the last batch of printed money were shamed into returning it, tenants who can pay but haven’t (or won’t) will feel the heat.
Survive, thrive, stay healthy and let us embrace change and prepare for what the future will bring.
Lawrence N. Taylor