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June 6, 2020

3/18/2020 3:59:00 PM
A few changes ahead
OK, just a warning for anyone who is about to read this column: If you abhor change, or have ever hoarded toilet paper or flashlights, proceed at your own risk.
Citizen changes
Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this about coronavirus preparations: "If it looks like you are overreacting, you are probably doing the right thing."
That's a little like preparing for the worst case, which is what the Citizen staff will do starting this week. You've probably noticed fewer pages devoted to news and sports. Next week, you may see more changes within our pages.
To some, it may seem we are overreacting, but really we're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. In the next few weeks, we will obviously see less sports, fewer events and less advertising - all of which translates into fewer pages.
In their own way, we expect many businesses to do the same thing.
Toilet paper
OK, I agree it's a bad idea to make light of the pandemic. I know we'll all feel sadness at some point. But I never expected toilet paper turn into such a major issue.
No one laughed when President Donald Trump was forced to discuss toilet paper hoarding during not one, but two, national press conferences. No one suggested the hoarders had to rearrange their Y2K water and flashlights to make room for toilet paper supplies.
On Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Davis said, "It's about preparation, not panic. You can't build a toilet paper fortress to keep the coronavirus out."
Here's my advice to toilet paper buyers: "We all need it, we all use it. Please don't buy more than you need."

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