The Nevada Independent
Not everyone is singing the praises of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s statewide shutdown of the economy and ridiculing the mayor’s calls for reopening.
Writing at The Nevada Independent Orrin Johnson accuses Sisolak of not even having a plan to have a plan for reopening.
“Humans aren’t built to be isolated from one another for this long, and we all recognize that life must still go on,” Johnson writes. “We have to feed ourselves, pay for our homes and utilities, preserve our livelihoods for the future, and do all the things that make life worth living. Americans in particular don’t put up with boredom or confinement well, and we definitely don’t like being bossed around, at least not quite so overtly, and certainly not so arbitrarily. Under the best of leaders, where we knew what ‘victory’ over this virus meant and where goalposts weren’t being moved, maybe we’d stay hunkered down for another month if clearly necessary, but even then it wouldn’t have lasted. And we don’t have that best-case leadership scenario.”
He suggested the people of the state will begin to reopen whether the governor has a plan or not.
Norman Rogers, writing at American Thinker, says the governor’s shutdown is killing the state economy.
Tourism is the base of Nevada’s economy. Hundreds of thousands of tourist industry workers have been laid off. The state unemployment benefits office is apparently helpless in the face of the flood of applicants.
The governor sees this as a medical problem. It does not seem to bother him that destroying the Nevada economy will devastate the citizens of Nevada. Not only will they lose their jobs, they will also lose their savings and assets.
What exactly is the purpose of the house arrest? The disease is going to spread through the population until enough people are recovered and immune, so that herd immunity develops, and the virus fades away. That is the typical pattern for the spread of a new disease. Placing everyone under house arrest will slow the spread of disease but prolong the time it takes for herd immunity to develop. The justification for house arrest is that it is necessary to flatten the curve and avoid spikes that will overwhelm the medical resources.
Debra Saunders, writing in the opinion section of the morning paper, takes issue with the ridicule heaped on Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman by CNN interviewer Anderson Cooper:
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper gave Goodman, who sees her role as a “cheerleader,” 25 excruciating minutes of airtime. Let’s be clear about the intent of that sitcom-length allotment. The idea wasn’t to explore how a tourism mecca could open for business — as an actual news story might do. This was
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pure theater, reality-TV dressed up as journalism — with Cooper mugging on camera, calling Goodman “ignorant” and at one point taking off his glasses and rubbing his eyes in a pose of exasperated disbelief, which made for a viral Twitter screenshot.
What’s especially irritating about Cooper’s preening-not-probing is his apparent belief that it’s his job to ridicule anyone who wants to open America for business.
If you’re worried about businesses never reopening, if you think about low-wage workers who don’t know how they’re going to make the rent and buy groceries, if you fear what’s next in this economic free fall, beware. You lack the due reverence owed to what CNN anchors refer to as “the science,” and you will be pilloried.
Chuck Muth, writing at Muth’s Truths, also came to Goodman’s defense:
Under grilling by Cooper, Mayor Goodman said she “wanted” everything to open back up – including hotels, casinos, conventions and restaurants – “so our people can go back to work.”
How is that controversial – unless you DON’T want people to go back to work? Is that what all the Stage 4 sufferers of Goodman Derangement Syndrome are saying?
Pretty Boy then declared that opening the state back up to tourism sounded like Goodman wanted to create “a virus petri dish.”
So professional. So unbiased.
To which the Mayor responded, “No, what it sounds like is you’re being an alarmist.”
Nailed it. And got Pretty Boy’s hackles rankled.
“I’m being an alarmist?” he asked with that patented smirk on his face.
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Then there is this Ramirez cartoon to sum it all up.