Dear Governor Little,
As an Idahoan who has seen the impact of your “stay-at-home” order, I am asking you to immediately lift the restrictions on our economy and our freedoms.
I actually supported how you were handling the situation prior to the stay-at-home order being issued. Then, you decided that Rachel Maddow should determine what Idaho did in response to the Chinese Coronavirus.
Who is anyone in the government to decide what is essential or not essential?
For instance, you determined that state liquor stores are “essential” and that bars must all close. However, did you go talk to my brother and his wife who own a bar in Pocatello (Hooligans) and ask them if their business was essential to their livelihood?
They are now without any income and are unable to do the “loan” being forced upon them.
Is feeding their children essential or not? Is clothing their children or ensuring that they can take them to the doctor essential or not?
You see, it’s interesting to me that elected officials who are shuttering the lives of everyday Idahoans all have jobs. Elected officials are going to be paid no matter what decisions you make.
It must be nice to have a paycheck to support your family while deciding that my brother and his wife’s income are not “essential.”
Governor, I know you are under a lot of pressure from people to extend this “stay-at-home” order. However, Idahoans have suffered long enough.
We can take care of our people, social distance, and slow the spread of the virus without devastating on our economy.
There is no guarantee in life that we can live without risk.
Yes, we can mitigate those risks but doing so by government force is setting a dangerous path.
The amount of liberty being taken by governments is deeply troubling. Sadly, you and others in this state have set a dangerous path for future emergency orders.
I am asking you, along with thousands of other Idahoans, including my brother and his family who you have put out of work, to immediately lift the order and get Idaho’s economy back on track.