In his final regular briefing to the public Wednesday, Dr. Nirav Shah, head of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, thanked Mainers for welcoming a newcomer to the state, enabling him to do his job. It is we who should be thanking him.

Dr. Shah is a state treasure. During a time of chaos, fear and misinformation, he was forthright, clear and supportive each day, offering wise guidance and even hope without preaching. We are so fortunate to have a leader like this in Maine.

Margaret Nareff
South Portland

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