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Letters to the Editor: May 8-15

From a Main Street Market Customer to Fellow Customers

I read the well-written letter that Sophia Bley submitted to the May 1, 2020, edition of the Pulse with both disappointment and annoyance – not with Sophia, of course, but rather, that she felt compelled to write the letter at all.

Back in March, when this was first hitting the fan, the owners of Main Street Market quickly came to the conclusion that things were about to change for the worse. Just as quickly, they implemented a new way of doing things that would help to keep us all going in the safest way possible.

Operating the market essentially the same way for the past 30-plus years and then immediately making about as drastic of a change as possible – and making it work in a week – is remarkable, to say the least.

But, I guess some folks will always feel the need to complain about something. All I can say is we all make mistakes. If there was ever a time to cut somebody some slack, this would be the time.

I, for one, am looking forward to being able to physically enter Main Street Market and catch up with friends, give the team there a much-needed break by doing my own shopping, and personally thank them all for a job well done!

Mack Bonk

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Welcoming Seasonal Residents

Door County home owners are not tourists. They are people who have made a considerable investment in this county, both financially and emotionally.

We have a world-class hospital that is classified as rural only because of our population. When you go there, look at the donor wall. For that matter, look at the lists of donors to the YMCA, libraries and any arts venue in Door County. Many of the most generous people listed cannot claim Door County as their legal residence, but many of them consider Door County “home.”

A huge number of year-round jobs in this county rely on the seasonal residents. Caretakers, every category of tradespeople, many retail businesses and most of the nonprofit organizations provide livelihoods for us and would not exist without the seasonal tax-paying residents of Door County.

The tax base of this county allows our municipalities to build marinas and parks, to pave our roads and plow our snow. Our schools have access to amenities that do not exist in most rural communities in this country. Those of us who live in this wondrous place owe much to those who do not have the opportunity to live here all year.

I do not understand why we are making them feel unwelcome and proactively asking them not to come. The people I know love Door County and would never do anything to harm it or the people who are lucky enough to live here. We are their “happy place.” They have every right to be here.

Kaaren Northrop

Main Street Market

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

A More Balanced Approach?

Is it possible to find a more balanced approach to COVID-19? 

We knew very little about this virus when it emerged. The data were inaccurate and incomplete. We took drastic measures we believed were necessary based on data and predictions that turned out to be wrong. We see the death rate has dropped drastically from original predictions, and that includes if social distancing was practiced.

It’s possible the approach Sweden has taken may create more deaths per capita initially, but some believe they’ll get through this more quickly and will have about the same death rate as we will, but we’ll have more deaths spread over a longer time. 

Hopefully, when this is all over, we can learn some things by looking at how other countries and states have handled things.

I have a mom and stepdad who are both more vulnerable based on their age and health conditions. I care very much about protecting people in their condition, but I wonder whether there’s a way to protect them while still not doing too much harm to other people. 

We’re seeing Great Depression numbers right now, with a predicted 27 percent unemployment rate. What are the mental-health effects of what we’re doing? What will the suicide rate be? How will people provide for their families if so many businesses go under? How many preventive health measures are being ignored, and will people die from not getting screenings in time? 

So far it looks as though we have flattened the curve in many areas of Wisconsin. I understand taking a gradual approach to opening up our economy and keeping certain protocols in place. We should look at each county and region to make these decisions and follow the federal government’s guidelines. I encourage us to find a balance and not do more harm than good. All lives are being affected, and we should be taking all lives into consideration, whether it’s people like my mom or a family that’s about to lose everything because they’re deemed nonessential. Let’s consider everybody during these difficult times.

Stephanie Soucek

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin