Today’s Opinion piece comes from OMP residents Jim and Fran Krupka, who feel that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gone too far with Executive Order 2020-42, signed yesterday. The order, which further restricts businesses with regard to slowing the spread of COVID-19, includes closing store areas dedicated to carpet or flooring, furniture, paint, garden centers and plant nurseries. Read more about the order here. The Krupkas submitted the following letter to Senator Wayne Schmidt and Representative Larry Inman, as well as to Gov. Whitmer on her website.
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Reading about the Governor’s latest magnification of restrictions on business, they have gone too far and make little sense for Northern Michigan. They must be reversed. The guidelines go beyond CDC descriptions of how the disease spreads and appropriate precautions. This is not Detroit! Immediately seek reversal of:
- Closure of garden centers. This is prime agricultural planting and preparation season. We run a commercial farm and know this.
- Home maintenance supply sales such as paint. People need some things to do with purpose during this shut down. Not allowing sale of this type of thing is counter productive.
- Entrance lines at all stores regardless of place or type of business. For our local stores in areas with few or no cases, this is burdensome.
- Ban on meetings of any size or type, even faith-based. In these times, people still want to marry or seek spiritual help as they face grief. The Governor has made no allowance for work, including small groups, aimed to address people’s spiritual needs. In times like these, faith-based work is “essential.”
- Prohibiting people from coming to their own property.
- Other parts of this order, like the advertising ban, go too far.
We do not routinely write letters to politicians. This is a first to all on this address list. We expect action to turn this around.
-Respectfully, James and Frances Krupka