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Letter from Hernando Commissioner John Mitten

By Guest Author Posted on April 7, 2020

Op-Ed by John Mitten, Chair of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners

To the Business Family in Hernando County:

April 6, 2020

We find ourselves in a difficult and sad time, a time of unbelievably swift and tragic change. What was considered the best and strongest economy, historical even, a month ago, is now spiraling downward at a truly alarming rate.

We are witnessing record layoffs and furloughs, millions of jobs lost; death. This is not an event seen from afar but painfully close.

Businesses in our good County of Hernando have closed or suspended operations, indefinitely.

Our streets are empty with only a trickle of traffic, teachers and students staying at home, and the unemployment infrastructure of our state overloaded with claims from employees and entrepreneurs alike.

Many are our friends and loved ones.

This week is observed by many as Holy Week, beginning with a historical and kingly entry on one Sunday, only to finish the week in a swift and tragic death. However, the path of Jesus Christ did not end in death, but life:a quick and miraculous resurrection.

The devastating impact of the virus will not end in the permanent destruction of our economy, our businesses, or our way of life.

The American spirit has seen tragedy before, been knocked down, but quickly to stand up stronger. Our economy will resurrect in a new and vibrant way, different but with resolve; wary but wiser, and with a deeper sense of appreciation.

Do not dwell on the darkness of the night. It is dreadfully painful, but temporary. Resolve now to play a vital part in the dawn of the new economy.

It will come.

A Prayer of Protection by President Grover Cleveland

We are unable to protect ourselves without aid, and therefore pray for the protection of the United States forces. Let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country’s history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors. Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.

Written from Washington, D.C., December 18, 1893

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