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2020 has been a whirlwind year. Through unprecedented challenges, selfless leaders have answered the call to serve District 1. I want to give a big thank you to our local elected officials and first responders. Your leadership throughout these uncertain times is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.
COVID-19 has created a slew of new issues for local leaders, from NRD members to city council. These roles are typically volunteer positions, meant to be served in addition to whatever full-time job the official has during the day. Very few are willing to answer the call to serve and commit their limited time to giving back. This is compounded during times of crisis when these officials are faced with situations that are “Kobayashi Marus,” as in, no-win situations. Each board has their own set of questions that come without historical comparisons. Should we have the county fair this year? When would be the best time to start fall classes at our local schools? What protocols should be in place to better protect the public at sporting events? These tough questions are in the hands of our very capable officials, and I’m grateful for their work.
Also answering the call to serve are our first responders and their families. Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, EMT, dispatcher, correctional officer, or firefighter- my message this week to all District 1 first responders and their families is simple:
Thank you for your service.
The sense of comfort and security in our communities is reinforced by our local first responders. Their devotion to a role where solid judgment is required and safety isn’t guaranteed is appreciated.
If you see our local first responders and elected officials around town, please take some time to thank them for their service to District 1. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the negative news in our world today- the best thing we can do is spread our own positive message in response.
As always, I welcome your input on issues important to you. Follow along on my Facebook and Twitter pages, both entitled “Senator Julie Slama” for more updates, or contact me directly at Senator Julie Slama, District 1 State Capitol, PO Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604; telephone 402-471-2733; email: email@example.com