The following is a letter to the editor.

It's time to re-open Michigan.

I've heard many say, "We don't dare. We must take every possible precaution." No, we must not. No sane person takes "every possible precaution." Do you drive a car? 40,000 Americans are killed in automobile accidents every year, the same ballpark as the number of deaths that have been attributed to coronavirus. Do you have electricity in your house? But you could be killed by an electric shock, or a short circuit could start a fire and burn down your house. Yet most of us still drive cars and use electricity. Because reasonable people do not take every possible precaution. Reasonable people take reasonable precautions. We balance risk versus benefit.

It's not possible to live a 100% risk-free life. Even if you hide in a corner of your basement, the roof could cave in or the water heater could explode.

If you want to stay locked in your house, I support your right to do so. I oppose any law that allows the police to break down your door, drag you out of your house, and force you to let people sneeze on you. But if I want to go out, please give me the same privilege to decide for myself.

People's jobs are being destroyed. People's lives are being destroyed. For many people, the choice is between a 100% chance of losing their job versus a 0.02% chance of dying from coronavirus (based on the latest statistics I’ve seen). There are many people who live paycheck to paycheck. Losing a month or two income is not an inconvenience for these people; it is devastating.

I am fed up with seeing government officials who are still receiving their salaries at taxpayer expense saying "we are all in this together" and "we all have to make sacrifices." No, what you believe is that the peasants have to make sacrifices, while you will continue to go on with your life pretty much as normal. Except that now you get the extra pleasure of being able to lord over other people. It must be a real ego boost to say who gets to keep their job and who will lose it, which businesses will be allowed to survive and which will be destroyed.

Mark Johansen

Monroe