I appreciate the letter to the editor (May 6) written by Robert Harrigan.
It has stimulated me to write. However, I don’t agree with much of what he said.
Listing people who have died and making conclusions is like anecdotal science. It is akin to saying that because Lysol cleans surfaces, it may be of use as a medicinal therapy. How preposterous is that?
The truth is that 80 percent of deaths due to COVID-19 are people over 65 years of age. I think that 65 years old is still pretty young. The records also show that 17 percent of the victims are 45- to 64 years old, and that is very young.
So, no, I do not think it is worth saving businesses over lives.
Plagues have always been with us. Since 3000 BC, there have been major plagues that have caused upheaval in our business and economic lives. I am sorry for those many people, especially those hired last, for losing their jobs.
My conjecture, not based on anything but what I have read, is that our systems of doing business are about to change. It will take some creative and bright minds to figure out how to educate our young people
in a safe manner.
To me, education takes precedence over restaurants as being essential to our livelihoods. Health care is also right near the top.
Lastly, I don’t agree with everything Gov. J.B. Pritzker says, but at least he and the other governors in New York, California and elsewhere are showing leadership. They are not worried about their popularity as much as they are worried about doing what is best for society.
They are filling a void that is not being addressed by the federal government.
Michael F. Thomas