In his letter to the editor, Randy Boettjer asks, “Under what law does she (Gov. Whitmer) make it illegal to buy a can of paint or pair of jeans?


That’s a fair enough question, although finding the answer himself would have been a relatively easy task. Since Mr. Boettjer did not do so, I will share the authority.


Michigan Act 302 of 1945, also known as the Emergency Powers of Governor Act, reads in part, “During times of great public crisis, disaster, rioting, catastrophe or similar public emergency within the state ... when public safety is imperiled ... the governor may proclaim a state of emergency and designate the area involved.


“After making the proclamation or declaration, the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.”


So that’s the law.


Boettjer has every right to declare the law is unconstitutional, but quoting the First Amendment is not an argument in his context of “buy(ing) a can of paint or a pair of jeans.


Ray Buursma


Holland