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July 13, 2020

4/22/2020 2:07:00 PM
Choose less government

Dear Editor:

I'm an old man with little to do but to think. Current events such as the virus pandemic and how it is set to turn our entire world upside down
has been on my mind now for the last month.

As we arouse from our slumber and look about us in the morning, our priorities seem to change daily. Previously, we were primarily concerned with ourselves and family. Now we watch in fear and trepidation the advance of the coronavirus pandemic, and wonder how our world and lives will change when all this passes.

Writers will analyze and report the virus's effect on society, politics, economy and our view of the place of government in our lives.

Our evening news presents the statistical numbers related to COVID-19, and those numbers seem great. But what about the fact that every person in ICU on a ventilator is someone's parent, spouse or relative? The situation is critical.

Historians will ask how we, as a society, responded. Will they write about the shortages of critical medical personal protection, or the fear-generated greed for disinfectant cleaners and bathroom tissue.

Will they even recognize the sacrifices of so many medical workers and
the untold number of individuals working to make face masks?

Will there be any record of businesses that stopped regular production of their products to manufacture ventilators, or hand sanitizer?

Who will the heroes be?

Will historians see the millions of common people unable to go to their regular jobs, the laborers who were required to stay home under the "Shelter in Place" public health and safety order that shut down the factories and businesses where they earned their living?

Will tomorrow's writers see how a deeply divided Congress came together to write rescue legislation packages to avert economic collapse? Or will they just report of finger-pointing, blame and speculation of officials who failed to act in a timely manner?

What type of government will we have after so much government intervention with stay at home orders, limits to assembly, mandatory social distance, extra unemployment and medical insurance?

I hope, as a society, we return with less dependence on the government to regulate lives. The future will depend on how the millions of people return to the new normal after the pandemic passes. The future depends on the choices we make each day. I hope we choose less government and more independence and free choice.

William Gerhard

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