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Christensen: The things we're allowed and not allowed to do during COVID-19 don't make sense

I didn’t want to say anything but I feel staying silent means I consent to how I am being governed.

Today, I can buy a pack of smokes, an ounce of weed, a fifth of vodka and wash it all down with some fast food to ease my anxiety but I can’t go to a yoga studio, a gym or a place of worship to do the same.

I can’t enjoy boating with my family but shopping with 500 strangers at Target is perfectly acceptable. The clothing store in downtown Crystal Lake where you can buy your wife a Mother’s Day gift is forced to be closed but buying a Mother’s Day gift at Wal-Mart is acceptable.

We live in a state where we let convicted criminals out of prison, even murderers but we criminalize business owners for trying to make a living. A haircut is illegal, but me buying weed is allowed. I could go on and on with these inconsistencies but this is what happens when big government gets involved in running our daily lives.

Common sense rules go right out the window. I understand the virus is real and its power but so is the path of economic ruin we are currently on.

I thought the governor made the right call when he shut down the state but I have been left dismayed and confused by almost every one of his decisions thereafter.  We need a common sense approach to the virus; as it’s not going away.

Staying in our homes isn’t a practical solution and the governor’s plan isn’t flexible enough to even hear an alternative course and that is a combination that leads to the turmoil we find ourselves in today.

I am the third generation of my family to call Illinois home. I love my community and my wife and I have done everything we can to make it a better place to live but we have reached a point where we have both asked ourselves if our days of living in Illinois are coming to an end? Not because we want to leave but are worried what will be left.

Lastly, there has been debate of our elected officials salaries and a potential 10% cut to take effect in 2 years. I will be gladly out of public office by then but I will be donating 10 percent of my remaining paychecks to 4 Non-Profits my wife and I donate to currently.

• Chris Christensen is a McHenry County Board District 3 representative. This was his statement from Tuesday night's meeting.

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