Dear readers, how are you doing today?
You’re in the comfort of your own home, so be honest with yourself now. It’s not like I expect to hear your superficial “I’m fine” response. The reality is this pandemic is taking its toll on everyone in one way or another.
I’ve known for a week that I had a column to write for today’s edition, and for a week I’ve contemplated what to write. It wasn’t procrastination that has me sitting in front of my computer monitor on a dreary Tuesday afternoon with a looming deadline; it’s that I couldn’t find anything amusing about the past few weeks to share in hopes of brightening your day.
Frankly, it’s been an exhausting couple of weeks reporting on what’s happening in our agriculture sector as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19. And yet, writing about the devastation this virus has had on our livestock industry cannot in any way compare to what our farmers are dealing with.
In the past three weeks, I’ve made more than a dozen calls to area hog farmers asking them to “tell it like it is.” More often than not they declined, and that’s OK. It is certainly not an easy thing to talk about having to kill perfectly healthy hogs. I can tell you, it’s not an easy thing for me to hear about it on the other end of the phone line. Yet, it’s a story born of COVID-19 that needs to be told.
There are so many COVID-19 related stories that deserve to be told, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to pursue them all. We at The Globe are appreciative of the individuals who have called or emailed to provide us with news tips during this pandemic. You have certainly kept us on our toes, so keep it up!
From the many mask makers to deliveries and donations of essential items for those in need, we are finding — and we’ve always known — we can always, always find something good in the bad.
I have to remind myself of that on a day like today, when the words of country crooner Anne Murray keep circulating in my brain, “We sure could use a little good news today.”