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Worried about the businesses in St. Helena

Worried about the businesses in St. Helena

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As thewildfires come under control, with hundreds of thousands of acres already burned, we grieve and pray for those who lost loved ones and or personal property. Yet we are so thankful for the many lives and homes spared compared to previous fires.

Hopefully, the spread of COVID-19 is also slowing down. We have more power to control the virus than the fires. I hope we will all do our best to be good soldiers as we battle this insidious disease. Being older and immune-compromised, I have been mostly sheltering at home.

We are probably going to see more businesses close over the next several months. I was speaking by phone with a shopkeeper on Main Street a few weeks ago and she told me she expects a “retail apocalypse” due to inertia brought on by the pandemic. People are getting used to doing things differently and largely from home and they’ll come to like that, she told me.

I can’t support all the businesses in St. Helena. I do my best to support the ones that are relevant to my lifestyle and that I can afford. I’m pretty sure most everyone reading this is doing the same. I hope so.

I drove to the ocean a few days ago for some fresh air and beautiful scenery. It was good to get out of the house and away from the smoke. During my excursion, I thought about what the future of St. Helena might look like. The phrase “survival of the fittest” kept coming to mind. I think survival of the most relevant might be more realistic. Either way, I don’t want anyone to suffer if it can be avoided.

I am praying for all of us here in St. Helena and the broken world around us while looking forward to those better days that are surely coming. I hope they come soon.

Nancy Dervin

St. Helena

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