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We are #NewnanStrong, and I Thank You


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 20, 2020 - 4:53 PM

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I have lived here in Coweta County for almost eight years, and I am continuously astounded and inspired by the people here and in Newnan. Thank you for giving my children a community of heroes and helpers to look up to.

I admire the heroism of the nurses, doctors, cafeteria workers, and custodians working at the hospital and the nursing homes throughout our community. They deserve the gratitude we give to veterans, firemen, and police officers- heroes who have proven themselves willing to put their lives on the line for each of us. A parade is in store when this pandemic is over.

I am grateful to the people working at the grocery stores, convenience stores, and the truck drivers that work to keep them stocked.

My family has been heartened by the many rainbows peeking through all the windows. Beauty and brightness are out there if you look.

I have seen school workers step up daily to feed children and churches step up during spring break. I have seen local charities find innovative ways to serve other people in need, and I have seen teachers and principals do everything they can do to keep the school community alive and prevent back-sliding on skills.

I have been inspired by the thousands upon thousands of parents here in Coweta coming up with ways to entertain and educate their children while maintaining their job (if they still have one) and their sanity. Some are even finding ways to help people on the front lines.

Being under lockdown, I would not know about much of this if it were for this newspaper. Thank you, Newnan Times-Herald (and local papers throughout this country- those that still exist).

Thank you for profiling the work of Mom’s Make Masks, publishing suggestions from local pastors and parents, reporting on what local businesses and governments are doing, and simply sharing how everyday Cowetans – our neighbors - are doing dealing with this crisis that is affecting us all.

If it is true that “what does not kill us makes us stronger”, then we are all becoming very strong right about now. All of you are, and have always been, more powerful than you know.

There is no other town, no other community, no other people with whom I would rather be going through a global pandemic.

Alone but together. Newnan Strong.

Cole McSpadden

Newnan