I read Rep. John Lovick’s guest commentary in the June 17 Herald, “What 526 horrible seconds of video brought to mind.” If you have not read it, drop what you’re doing and read it. Lovick’s deeply personal story of growing up in segregated Louisiana and his journey as a veteran, sheriff, and now as a state representative, is deeply moving. But his words also gave me hope; even in these dark days with our nation recoiling from coronavirus, so many people out of work, and George Floyd’s murder, there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
I am a teacher at Snohomish High School and it has been so hard these past few months. I’ve seen my students growing frustrated and parents struggling to cope with everything we’re seeing. Lovick’s words are exactly what students need to hear right now. We will make it through these hard times because we have leaders like him who have lived through harder times and know what it takes to really help teachers, workers and our families.
Rep. Lovick, your words were infused with power, courage and hope and I know I, and so many of my students, look to you in these unprecedented times. That is what leadership is all about. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, inspiration, and devotion to Snohomish. You make me so proud to be part of this community.