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Posted on: March 5, 2021

From the Desk of City Manager Jane Howington

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Last year was a rough year for everyone, as we dealt with COVID-19 and business closures. In the traditional spirit of Hudson, residents rose to the occasion, working together to offer help and support to those impacted by the pandemic. My family and I contracted COVID over the holidays, and I appreciated the outpouring of help and well wishes from the community. There is nothing like COVID to remind us of the importance of family and friends and helping each other through these tough times. 

Hudson was built on the principle of working together for a common cause, whether it be the story of John Brown and the Underground Railroad that spirited slaves to freedom, or the innovation of John Ellsworth, whose ahead-of-his-time vision helped make Hudson what it is today. 

In this tradition of caring, many community groups are working together to encourage conversation. Organizations like the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance under the auspices of Hudson Community Foundation and advisory groups formed by Western Reserve Academy and the Hudson City Schools were created last year to begin a dialog about diversity and ways to unite people in a polarized environment. 

As Maya Angelou said in her poem “Human Family,’’ “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” We come from different backgrounds, races and religions, yet ultimately, we all want the same thing … a safe, secure, thriving environment that is a great place in which to live and raise our families. We won’t always agree on the path to achieve our goals, but together we can make a difference. 

With 2020 behind us, I hope 2021 will be a year of healing, renewal and growth. It is time to set aside politics and negative rhetoric and work together to shape Hudson’s future. When we put away the social media and sit down together and have conversations, often we find our views are not that far apart. It is important we take the time not to judge people, but be respectful, listen, ask questions and try to understand their points of view.  

I have lived in several cities over the years, and I have never been so impressed by a community’s willingness to volunteer and help each other as I have seen in Hudson. Let’s take that spirit of community and apply it to every aspect of our lives and our conversations. We are all in this together.   

Stay safe, and here’s to 2021 being a better year than 2020.

-Jane Howington

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