By Emma Palova
Lowell, MI -As the winter returned this morning with freezing 30-degree temperatures, protests are brewing against the strengthened restrictions by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Whitmer extended the state shutdown last week Thursday to April 30 doubling down on the previous executive order. This further impacted landscaping companies, construction and golf courses in Michigan.
The Michigan Conservation Coalition is planning a protest called “Operation Gridlock” for Wednesday, April 15 at noon. The goal is to cause a traffic jam in Lansing.
The following is from the coalition’s website:
Everyone, every citizen, every business owner needs to get out of their house, out of their chair and get in their car, or truck, or anything that is legal to drive on taxpayer funded roads. Then drive to Lansing to circle the Michigan Capitol Building at 100 N. Capitol Avenue at noon on April 15.
Come prepared for a traffic jam in Lansing!
Stay in your vehicle as the “Whitmer police” will likely be out to enforce social distancing. That said we need to display our flags, take signs, make noise and make our unhappines known.
Among the accusations against Gov. Whitmer are the lack of plans for reopening of the state, as we enter the fourth week of the shutdown.
There seems to be no end to the struggles among the public: the farmers are dumping milk because the demand has dropped due to the closing of schools and the restaurants, clandestine golfers are parking their cars in the woods behind the golf courses, the offficials are encouraging snitching and the unemployment has reached one million.
The Monetary Fund warns of a recession bigger than the Great Depression.
The good news, that everybody seems to be ignoring, is that Michigan has already peaked in the coronavirus cases, along with New York and other states. While the other states are forming coaliations to reopen their economies, opposition is forming in the state of Michigan.
Airing on the side of safety are those who have come down with the coronavirus sickness.
Stay tuned for a story about a Hastings woman who has contracted the virus three weeks ago and has been sick ever since.
Her plea is:
“Do not be selfish.”
Featured photo by artist Tom Woodruff: “Past Pentagon Purchasers at Play.”
Tips for staying sane:
Do not protest against your own well being. Stay home, it’s not that difficult.
Find a new hobby, start a new virtual group, learn something new.
Lead by example. Help others.
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