Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Shiawassee County, MI
If you were referring to Mr. Manke of Owosso, please note that he drives a nicer car than you or I do, owns rental property, and by most local accounts does not need to cut hair to make ends meet. If Mr. Manke had provided rent payment relief for his tenants I expect it would be front page news in the local paper. It has been postulated, by folks closer to the Owosso scene than I am, that Karl Manke and his brother Tom Manke(who has a Facebook page called Friends and Community Shiawassee News and Views) are engaged in a politically infused scheme to raise money through Gofundme schemes.
Mr. Manke is doing his community a disservice with this charade. He, and his clients driving in to town from across Michigan, and his misguided supporters milling around without masks or maintaining social distance before returning home, comprise a living coronavirus culture/reservoir which increases the risk of another epidemic surge this summer as restrictions are lifted. Same comment applies to folks headed to Lansing this AM for another misguided inappropriately conducted demonstration if the behavior follows the earlier protests.
All Michigan citizens have been adversely impacted by the governor's executive order restrictions, many more so than others. Even with federally enhanced unemployment benefits many hourly workers have to pull in their belts to get by. Lots of folks feeling secondary impact; I've heard that our small town has 60% rental residences and those landlords will feel the pinch if rent is not paid. But the flip side is the cost of increased deaths and serious illness burdens on local healthcare institutions.
One thing seems to be true: Rigorous stay at home restrictions encouraged by Whitmer's actions appear to have flattened the curve in Michigan which has, IIRC , one tenth of the US population but is third in the number of coronavirus deaths. Flattening the curve means we continue to have significant numbers of new cases of sick infected people and people dying every day, just that the numbers are not increasing on successive days.