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By Gabe Gants
Special to The Times 

Social distancing: A lesson learned from history

Guest Column


Last updated 4/23/2020 at 5:54pm

As a student of history, I often wonder what we have learned from historic events in our world.

I personally don’t believe history truly repeats itself, but that doesn’t mean there are not parallels.

I tend to lean more toward a phrase Mark Twain has been credited for saying: “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” With that in mind, I spent time looking back at what our area experienced in 1918 during the influenza pandemic.

I began looking through local history books and was surprised to find very little pertaining to the flu outbreak. Local newspapers had a few...

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