Responding to disruptive forces is what truly matters

What will life look like after this?

By Walt Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

A year ago, Everett’s future was about as bright as it had ever been. Looking down Broadway toward Boston one could see a completed casino, a huge bronze building that defined our side of the Mystic river. Then, Everett was on edge and many in the state divided as to whether Wynn would or should get its license because of strong allegations of sexual harassment by its former chairman Steve Wynn and an environment of covering it up. Wynn prevailed, the casino opened and, despite a few scuffles by late-night miscreants, we had 5,000 new jobs in our town.

Now, the casino is closed like many businesses in our town. While Encore is paying its employees for now, something we applaud here at the Leader Herald, we are all experiencing a time of uncertainty. What will life look like on the other side of coronavirus? It will be different.

We are all taking time indoors, for the most part with family, but we have our moments of solitude where we must confront the reality. We are asked to be brave and be strong but it is okay to feel fear, to embrace it for a positive change.

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Just Don’t Quit; Never Give Up, The Only Option is Success

By Walt Pavlo
For the Leader Herald

Look at the bright side, there were no fights, arrests or drug overdoses at Encore Boston Harbor this past weekend.

Like the rest of the country, we in Everett have a challenge in front of us to overcome this virus COVID-19. Right now, most of us need to do our city a favor and just stay indoors in an effort to avoid getting sick. The fewer of us that are in sick, the

more room they have in hospitals for those who are. This also means putting off those home projects that require the use of saws, screw drivers and ladders. We don’t need any accidents.

So, what do you do? How about the things that the busy world prevented you from doing just over a month ago? Back then, we paid more attention to our cell phone than the person sitting across the table. There were books we wanted to read but never had the time. There were people around us who yearned for our attention but we were too busy to give it to them. Today, we have been giving the gift of time.

We have things to do. Engaging in a conversation with those we love and care about. We are fortunate enough to live in a time when we can communicate by a cell phone call. We can have a virtual experience of visiting through by video chats.

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