For the duration
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Dear Editor,

Regarding Stephen Hans' op-ed "COVID-19: Impacts for Workers & Busineses" in the March 19th issue, I realize we face difficult times. But being on this planet for over 80 years and living in Queens for 76 of them gives me a perspective that many younger readers don't have.

I recall 1944-45, the last two years of World War II, when things were much worse. Stores faced food

shortages and customers needed ration coupons to buy vital items like milk and bread. Gasoline was scarce, if you were lucky enough to own a car.

Travel on public transportation was limited. Men not in uniform couldn't buy shoes because the military

grabbed all available footwear. Women couldn't wear nylon stockings because nylon was used to make parachutes.

Everyone pulled together because we were all in this "for the duration," a very popular wartime expression.

Folks on the home front, including my parents, grew vegetables in "Victory Gardens," gave blood, collected scrap metal used to make tanks and ships, bought government bonds to fund the war effort, and comforted friends who lost loved ones.

Our persistence paid off. On Jul 15, 1945, we threw one hell of a party, as shown in the iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.

Seventy-five years later we are all in this "for the duration" and we will triumph by pulling together.

I look forward to celebrating our victory of COVID-19 and returning to normal life.

Stay strong and healthy


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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