The following is a letter to the editor.

I echo the words of the excellent Letters to the Editor by Ron Sweat and Robert Peven on April 23, 2020.

A big THANK YOU to Gov. Whitmer and team for working hard to save lives above all else! I can not imagine the immensity of the challenge this viral pandemic presents.

Gov. Whitmer has shown intelligent, well thought-out decision-making in unprecedented times. We all know that you can't please everyone. These are times to look at what's best for all of us. Difficult sacrifices will have to be made.

Let's rise above our culture of self-indulgence, instant gratification and "have it your way." Folks, this virus isn't going anywhere. I ask everyone – especially our legislature -- to work together. So take a deep breath, pull up your big boy/girl pants, roll up your sleeves and ask, "How can I help?"

Be patient; do your part by following orders. Save lives.

Jane Van Kirk

LaSalle