An Open Letter to Governor Whitmer
I live in Lansing. I see that you just extended the stay-at-home order to May 15. Here is what I want from you: a very clear plan as to how the state will reopen and in what order. Simply, endlessly extending the order is going to spark more protests.
Here is the vicious cycle. People are on their last nerve. No one can debate that. They are losing their jobs. So they protest, which, as you have pointed out, creates a spike in cases and forces the extension of the stay-at-home order. So then they go even crazier and protest more… My opinion is that, if Trump had taken this seriously from the beginning, we would be on the verge of opening everything up right about now. His fiddling while Rome burned made it impossible, in my opinion, to ever truly get the virus under control. He dumped all the responsibility on the governors and, at this point, there are zero good options. Now we have fifty separate kingdoms trying to balance the survival of their citizens with the financial disaster that is kicking all our butts.
You need to be the sane one. People need to know at least some of what’s coming next. There needs to be a light at the end of the tunnel–even if it is a train.
Cynthia Hoag, Michigan Native and Resident