Letter: Legislators' words about stay-at-home endanger lives
To the editor:
Yes, Minnesota citizens, it’s been a long, tough, cooped-up spring. Yet, have you noticed — under the governor's “stay-at-home” order, Minnesota appears to be doing better than most other states? With courage and strong leadership, Gov. Walz has responded to an evolving pandemic catastrophe with scientific, evidence-based action. Walz’ data driven actions give me hope.
In spite of our low COVID-19 cases, on April 10, the Strib front-page headline read "Minnesota deaths hit daily high.” What disturbs me is that on the same day, in disregard for our governor's plea for us to continue the practice of social distancing, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, tweeted, "We have to get on with our lives.” Mary Franson, Minnesota District 8B representative, said on the previous day, "I'm not staying home.” I believe these legislators' words and actions, endanger the lives of Minnesotans.
Gov. Walz’ swift actions are saving lives. He says; “One Minnesota is who we are. We just need to foster it. Together, as One Minnesota, we don’t fear the future. We create it.” Let’s continue together to do the hard work. Let our actions keep us safe so we can look to the future with optimism. It is through cooperation that we will rebuild our economy. It is my hope that it will be an economy that includes sustainable farming, affordable health care, equal educational opportunities, clean energy and clean transportation.