To the editor:

Americans should have the right to choose and forcing businesses to close is putting on due stress on family businesses. How can the owners of all the businesses deemed non-essential ever recover from being closed due to this virus?

I know from past experience working at a local resort for about 15 years, how fragile that business can be and a cold wet season can mean the difference between a profit and a loss and for resorts not being allowed to operate with all their services they have to offer is not providing an income.

I see on the TV news all the numbers of cases and deaths and those that have recovered but they never break it down to percentages and it is my guess that if it was shown in percentages then there would not be this panic mode that we see happening now. I grew up during the polio epidemic and my family was one of the many families that polio struck and my sister spent most of her youth in Gillette Children’s Hospital and she had complications from polio through her entire life.

As serious as polio was and numerous other epidemics that have invaded our country, never were people forced to hide in fear. As to comparing the number of COVID-19 deaths to the Vietnam War is ludicrous, I was an American Infantryman in Vietnam and the chances of death for us was 1 in 10 and a 4 in 10 chance of being wounded so when you compare the number of personnel that served in Vietnam to the number of deaths and wounded that makes the COVID-19 statistics pale in comparison.

Dale Flemming

Alexandria, MN