Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic caused everything to shut down in our area, I wrote a column in which I mentioned a term everyone seemed to be throwing around a lot - the “new normal.”

By Liz Beavers


Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic caused everything to shut down in our area, I wrote a column in which I mentioned a term everyone seemed to be throwing around a lot - the “new normal.”


I said at the time that I didn’t much care for the term, mainly because it suggested to me that we could not continue to operate - either professionally or personally - as we wanted to or had been accustomed to. Life was suddenly very much not “normal.”


Well, that was certainly true. At times it has seemed like our little area, and the whole world, has been turned upside down and sideways because of this unpredictable, ever-changing virus.


Now I know there are some of you out there who believe it’s not as bad as the media has made it out to be. Some even think it is an elaborate hoax. I have heard population control theories and political theories galore.


Whatever your belief, however, you cannot deny that nothing in our lifetimes has affected every single aspect of our lives like this pandemic has.


There have been jokes about plagues (first the pandemic and now the murder hornets!) and now we are even facing the arrival of the locusts this summer!


I could make a Bible reference here, but I won’t. What I will do is prognosticate that we WILL get through this, but there can be no doubt that it will be a much changed world on the other side.


And that, my friends, should not be a bad thing. In fact, I suggest to you, how this old world is changed, and what we do because of it, is entirely up to us.


The states are in varying degrees or phases of “reopening” right now, and I have to say it is good to be able to get out and about a little more - even if I am wearing a mask or resisting shaking hands.


On an economic level, businesses are starting to open back up and, in many cases, trying to reinvent themselves a bit in order to work around the restrictions we will probably continue to live under for at least several more months, if not through the end of the year.


And that, my friends, is part of the purpose of this “Rebuilding America” focus we have been presenting online since Thursday and in Saturday’s paper.


To quote an editorial from our parent company Gannett, “The U.S. is about to experience the most comprehensive economic awakening since World War II. After months of economic lockdown coast-to-coast, we are on the verge of ‘reopening’ our economies.”


The truth is, there is so much opportunity out there for us to “start fresh,” and we here at your hometown news service will be with you every step of the way.


Not only are we also one of those local businesses facing a journey into the “new normal,” but it is also our job to help you navigate these uncharted waters along with us.


It is my pledge to you that your hometown news team will continue to provide you with the news that you want and need, and our advertising staff is always at the ready to help you get the word out about your business and help spread the word about your great products and services.


So check out the stories online and in Saturday’s special edition. You’ll find local interviews, national overviews, and just lots and lots of good information as we look to the “new normal” together.


Liz Beavers is the managing editor of the Mineral Daily News Tribune and can be reached at lbeavers@newstribune.info.