Letters to the Editor

Letter: Time for McHenry County to stand with Madison County

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks speaks at the podium during a League of Women Voters forum discussing the dilemma of an elected coroner's office on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks speaks at the podium during a League of Women Voters forum discussing the dilemma of an elected coroner's office on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

To the Editor:

While Gov. J.B. Pritzker is busy exercising authority he doesn’t rightly possess, some are taking a stand against his unconstitutional and draconian measures. Madison County has voted to defy the governor’s ‘Executive Order.’ Ron Hain, the Kane County Sheriff, has announced that he and his department will not enforce the order.

These are examples of courageous Americans standing up for liberty and our constitutional rights. They should be applauded. The rest of us should emulate their behavior. We should stand with them – shoulder-to-shoulder, so to speak, and let it be known that our rights as Americans are not contingent on the absence of any virus.

Of course, in McHenry County, this isn’t likely. Jack Franks is conscious of the political implications of taking such a stand when his bread is buttered by the big man, and the little big man in Springfield (Pritzker and House President Michael Madigan, respectively) to ever consider standing against them.

The only chance we have of convincing Franks to stand against Pritzker and Madigan is to find something in doing so that would benefit Franks.

Taking a stand against Pritzker’s overreach does not mean throwing caution to the wind. However, it should imply a smarter approach to the crisis. Much has been written recently about the importance of herd immunity where enough people have beaten back the virus and now have the antibodies to fight it off the next time.

It’s also apparent that this is a disease that targets the aged and infirm. According to the Center for Disease Control, 80 percent of the deaths attributable to COVID-19 are among people over the age of 65. A report from Italy indicates that 99 percent of the people there who died of the disease had another illness.

In other words, we’re talking about people who, through age or other conditions, have weakened immune systems. We need to protect these people. Isolating folks in nursing homes and asking others who are at greater risk to ‘shelter in place’ makes all the sense in the world.

But shutting down the economy this way makes no sense at all.

Richard Rostron

Woodstock

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