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EDITORIAL: Will March 1 Mark the Start of Better Days or the Slide Over the Cliff?

Schools in the greater Washington area and across the U.S. continue to point to March 1 as “D-Day” — the proposed date when many school districts will pivot toward increased in-person learning for hundreds of thousands of students.

But March 1 will be “D-Day” for another reason which will undoubtedly be equally alarming for Americans, particularly those living in the DMV: the end of a monthslong moratorium on evictions and protections from the shutoff of utilities.

In both cases, with the parents of students being urged to send their children back to class and with utility service providers, landlords and banks in control of mortgages allowed to kick start legal proceedings in search of past due balances, the results, we fear, may be catastrophic.

However, we’ve heard very little about what Americans can expect on March 1 as the last weeks of winter come to an end and spring begins to rear its normally beautiful head.

We have heard promises about more opportunities being readied for those who wish to take the vaccine for COVID-19. And we’ve heard that plans have been set in motion to assist taxpayers with early filing and, if appropriate, earlier tax refunds.

But we remain concerned about the coming weeks and the possibility that for millions of Americans, the long, inevitable slide into the abyss may begin in full force — like a fast-paced avalanche.

There’s no way that the average American family will be able to pull themselves out of this quagmire that affects so many due to the coronavirus and the changes that we’ve been forced to endure. It will take time – weeks, months – for some even years.

Unfortunately, plans and strategies that might assist Americans with this difficult process of recovery remain vague at most – if they exist at all.

And that should cause all of us to fear the future.

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