Letter: Sorry for your loss, but solidarity with front line workers is a touchstone of this crisis

Re. “Letter: 7 p.m. frontline worker cheer is offensive to my sensibilities” (The Tri-City News, April 12)

The Editor,

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To the Port Coquitlam resident who is offended by the 7 p.m. salute to front line healthcare workers:

I’m very sorry for the loss you have suffered due to the global pandemic; by the time it runs its course, everyone will know someone personally who did not survive. I also validate your feelings of offence at this display. However, there seems to be a collective need throughout the world (as these salutes are not a Lower Mainland phenomenon) to show solidarity and support to those who are putting their lives at risk every day at their jobs, sometimes having to make very difficult decisions, deciding who lives and who does not. 

There are few instances where solidarity has been shown throughout the world and this is a touchstone; we are all humbled by the heroic acts of these essential people and want to shout it from the rooftops, so to speak. I don't know what neighbourhood you reside in, but I too am in Port Coquitlam. The sounds only last 10 minutes at most (and yes there are car alarms as well as pots and pans and even the trains blow their horns!!). 

Please keep supporting these heroes however, whenever and where ever you can.

Judi Zaklan, Port Coquitlam

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