We should thank Gov. Sisolak instead of criticizing him

By Perly Viasmensky
Normally, I don’t agree with Governor Steve Sisolak on anything, but I respect him as an elected official and as a human being. This time I believe he made the right decision, even though I believe he was put in a very difficult situation, and we all could see that he looked tired as he was concentrating on a decision that could affect the whole state. It showed that he was deeply concerned with all the people infected by a disease that not even experts seem to be able to combat and control.
It is not easy to stand in front of over 3,000 people and inform them that half the businesses in the state will be temporarily closed down.
One thing is for sure: we need to be grateful. He showed great interest in each and every one of us Nevadans.
On the other hand, very seldom do I disagree with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, but on this occasion I believe she erred big time by disagreeing with the decision of Governor Sisolak when she said, “We need to live our lives, support our families, but we can’t do that if we are continuously housebound, unable to work, including earning a living and providing for our families.”
Mayor Goodman forgot that this situation is not a simple cold with a running nose; it is not an epidemic that spreads over a wide area and many persons are taken ill. We are talking about a pandemic that affects the world and a significant number of the population becomes affected.
We all agree that we need to live our lives, earn a living and support our families, but if we get infected with this horrible virus and die, who is going to support our families and provide for them? The City of Las Vegas? A little sacrifice would benefit everyone.
What I don’t agree with the Governor on is to claim that among the essential businesses that can allow its employees to continue working is the stadium. I firmly believe that such a stadium is not going to be ready any time soon and players won’t be there in a week or two.
Regardless who the owners and investors are, they need to be treated like the rest of the citizens and their workers are not better than the rest of us.
What the State of Nevada, Clark County and the City of Las Vegas need to put emphasis on is how stores are speculating on the needs of the
citizens and are almost doubling the price of the few items they have left on their partially empty shelves.
It is not easy to be the governor of a state, trying to protect the health of its citizens and receiving nothing but critical comments for making difficult decisions. Florida Governor Ron De Santis, on the 20th of this month, ordered the close of all restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, playhouses, bowling alley gymnasiums, fitness studios and BEACHES, yes beaches— as potential gathering places for the spread of coronavirus. The counties of Broward and Palm Beach restricted access to venues and closed its beaches to public access due to the risk of community spread.
Florida tops 1,200 cases of confirmed infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends people maintain a distance of six feet apart and not gather in groups of 10 or more. Still, watching news from Florida we could see hundreds of people gathered at public beaches, shoulder to shoulder, ignoring recommendation from authorities. Several “dummies” were interviewed on camera coming out with the stupid remark, “We are young and need to live our lives.”
Right, don’t listen to anyone and see how long you will live your “young” life. I can understand how difficult it could have been for Governor Sisolak to close practically the whole state, but if he considered it necessary due to his interest in our health and well-being, we should
thank him for it instead of criticizing his well-intentioned decision.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.

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