Idaho has officially moved into Stage 2 of the “Idaho Rebounds” plan. Bars reopening was moved from stage 4 to stage 3, 95% of businesses being able to reopen in some capacity, and easing of restrictions on travel were all a part of the updates provided by the governor. However, prior to the press conference Lt. Governor Janice McCeachin felt it prudent to publish an Op-Ed criticizing the Governor and her own party's response to the COVID-19 virus.
And where was this voice when planning began? The time for productive discourse was weeks ago, when Governor Little first issued his stay-at-home order on March 25th. Little based his actions on the information at the time and Idaho began the process of planning the next steps. The Governor’s actions helped Idaho smash the curve, prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, and bought us time to gather more data and attempt to better understand this virus.
But does the Lt. Gov celebrate our accomplishments and begin the open discussion necessary to the success of Idaho’s future? No. Instead McGeachin opted for partisan language seemingly meant to make Republicans choose sides at a time when a unified message is what many people need. Favoring the headline over practical solutions that will work for all of Idahoans, McGeachin’s “reopen now” with no alternative unnecessarily contradicts Governor Little’s four-stage plan to reopen and further polarizes an issue at the forefront of every Idahoan’s mind. We all want to establish and get back to some sense of normal as soon as feasibly possible. So Lt Governor McGeachin let’s set aside the clickbait and work together to come up with solutions that will work for both Main Street and the subdivisions.
Michael Bongiovano, Boise
Not so prosperous
IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY burst upon the scene in early May providing much hope. The Nampa Rainbow Recovery Club closed in early March and with that our income. Our expenses continued. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit clean and sober social club that also host over a dozen twelve step meetings per week. Idaho Rebound Cash Grants for Small business appeared to be our salvation and we applied. We qualified on every item except for the fact that we operate on volunteers. No employees, no money. And now it is time for sole proprietors. No owner, no money. It would seem that Idaho’s path to prosperity is not so prosperous.
Scott Watkins, Nampa
The current occupant of the Oval Office refuses to don a mask for fear it will make him look weak. No, Cadet Trump, wearing a mask does not make you look weak. Bone spurs make you look weak.
John Eichmann, Boise