Here’s a salute to America’s other essential workers — our small business...

Here’s a salute to America’s other essential workers — our small business owners

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In the spring of last year, when no one knew how the virus worked or whether a vaccine would appear in two years or five years or never, we did know one thing. We knew who the heroes were. New Yorkers banged pans out their windows at 7 p.m. every night to celebrate the workers we had suddenly begun to recognize as essential: health care professionals, first responders, delivery folks and transit workers. I began to thank the check-out clerks at my grocery store for showing up to work. One enduring benefit of the pandemic, I hope, will be that we never look at — or rather, look through — these fellow Americans the way we used to.

Let me extend that hope to another group of pandemic heroes. No one is banging pans for them, but they have borne the economic brunt of the economy’s disruption, as they always do. I’m talking about small business owners.



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