A few thoughts as we continue to try and work our way this pandemic together.
º Drew Brees, the veteran NFL quarterback of the Saints, has donated $5 million toward COVID-19 assistance in Louisiana, particularly in his home city of New Orleans.
Brees is not the first, nor will he be the last pro athlete to step forward. None to date, however, has been as generous as Brees. Too often we condemn these individuals for living in what we perceive to be a bubble. So when they do something of this magnitude they deserve praise, too.
Admittedly, Brees is worried about those around him who are struggling.
"We all have to come together and make sure we get through this together," Brees told NBC News.
º Let this sink in: At this writing, Italy has had 51 doctors die from COVID-19 complications, making a dire situation in that country even more difficult.
More disheartening news has arrived from Robert Bruce Adolph, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel and United Nations chief security advisor. Adolph and his wife are U.S. citizens living in Rome.
"Nothing that I have experienced in either my U.S. military or United Nations careers is comparable," Adolph told airforcetimes.com over the weekend. "Caskets filled with human remains are stacked like cord wood awaiting military convoy movement to crematoriums. Health care professionals are suffering significant infection rates due to shortages in protective garb.
"Physicians are performing triage -- selecting those who have the best chance for life while regrettably allowing others to die because there aren't enough ventilators to go around. My advice for all Americans is to take the threat seriously."
Those are definitely words to heed.
º If you're like me, you have spent what seems like endless hours watching the 24/7 news channels. I have always switched back and forth between Fox and CNN, which are, of course polar opposites in their political allegiances. In these trying days, you need to listen to both sides.
That aside, there are two anchors on each of the cable sites -- and one in particular from the mainline networks -- that I have come to thoroughly enjoy, even more so in recent weeks:
n Sean Hannity is arguably the star of all cable news programs (as his $29 million Fox salary attests). He comes across as the guy next door who takes great pleasure in attacking the left and defending President Donald Trump.
n Don Lemon is a smooth, prime-tine standout at CNN, one who prefers more of a low-key approach, at least when compared to Hannity's histrionics. Lemon truly enjoys slicing and dicing the right and is a major star in the making,
n Laura Ingraham has established herself as another power voice for the right at Fox. Don't be fooled by that inviting smile. Ingraham can be as acid-tongued as any of her male counterparts.
n Chris Cuomo of CNN is big-time star on the rise. He's also the brother of Democratic New York governor Andrew Cuomo, so you know where his political leanings are.
n Night in, night out, Lester Holt, who anchors the NBC Nightly News Monday through Friday, represents a bastion of strength at a time of so much uncertainty. Following 30 minutes of Holt each weeknight, I somehow feel better. The news may be bad, but I always feel there is hope with Holt.
And we can all use a good dose of that right now.