Posted May 27, 2020
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president. Well, the countdown is on to this Friday, when Governor Pritzker's Phase 3 of his "Restore Illinois" plan after the coronavirus outbreak re-opens pretty much everything except restaurants and bars. Social distancing and masks will be required, but it'll be the first step in our state getting back to normal.
Some random thoughts as we look to Friday and the days thereafter.
A study by JP Morgan Chase, an investment firm which isn't liberal or conservative, has come out stating that lockdowns nationwide likely failed to alter the course of the pandemic.
They added infection rates continued to decline virtually everywhere once familiar routines were resumed which indicates the disease's spread may have been diminished by factors as increased hand-washing and sanitizing, the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere and the fact that the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 had already contracted it.
They added that lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than COVID-19 itself.
Apply that to what Illinois is going thru right now, and it doesn't take you long to figure out that, based on our region flattening the curve weeks ago, we could move to Phase 4 or even Phase 5 using common sense.
Let's get back to moving to Phase 3 on Friday. We're calling the re-opening of businesses in our small communities "The Greatest Comeback of All Time" to encourage YOU to shop our local businesses, AND to show how much confidence we have IN our local businesses. Let's re-start our small town economies together by shopping LOCAL!
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