Like the 49 others who hold a similar position in the United States, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is encountering immense pressure right now.
Since there are no sports at the moment, a sports analogy is appropriate. Our governor has stepped up to the plate by providing clear, calm direction during a time of tribulation.
Just four months after celebrating triumph after a grueling gubernatorial race, Beshear is serving the commonwealth at what may be remembered as one of the most tumultuous periods in Kentucky’s — well, America’s — history.
Beshear is supplying responsible leadership on a daily basis. He’s keeping the commonwealth abreast to information that is currently only divulged by the state’s department of public health. Straight from the governor’s mouth are statistics and relevant updates regarding the new coronavirus permeating the globe.
Over the weekend, he stayed on the ball, delivering developments regularly to the people of the Bluegrass State.
In a steady manner, Beshear communicates firm messages for Kentucky residents to heed. There’s no panic present in his voice, and let’s hope it stays that way, but his tone is serious and his speech sincere.
Politics aside, we must respect the governor’s recommendations as we all battle this novel COVID-19. In almost all cases, with very few exceptions, we should follow his counsel.
As we’ve witnessed, if we don’t follow the sound advice, the state isn’t hesitant to step in. A 53-year-old man in Nelson County refused to self-isolate after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, shrugging off medical guidance. Beshear said Kentucky forcibly quarantined him.
“It’s a step that I hope I never had to take, but we can’t allow one person who has this virus to refuse to protect their neighbors,” he said.
Ah, love thy neighbor. Those religious and perhaps those who aren’t may recognize those three words as God’s greatest commandment.
It’s as applicable as it has ever been. The commonwealth’s leader, despite absorbing backlash because of his recommendation regarding church service cancellations, is clearly displaying that “loving thy neighbor” is driving his actions.
Thanks, Gov. Beshear, for providing calm, clear direction in the ugly face of COVID-19 in 2020.