Mike Hendricks

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Mike Hendricks recently retires as social science, criminal justice instructor at McCook Community College.


When there's war, people die

Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Editor,

What's worse; an economy that crashes completely or a higher Covid-19 death rate as people go back to work and increasing the spread of the virus.

I think the answer is simple: If we don't go back to work our economy will bottom out and it will take us decades to recover.

On the other hand, many more deaths will occur due to the suspension of physical distancing but the economy will recover much faster. I believe most Americans will choose the latter rather than the former because we're in a war with this disease and when we're at war people die.

We tolerate those deaths as long as we win the war. There was great celebrations across this country when we won World War II even though tens of thousands of Americans died fighting that war.

So if you or a family member or a friend or someone you know doesn't die the people who did die are considered the price we paid for winning the war.

So the only logical conclusion is to restart the economy quickly, knowing that many people will die because of it and one of them might be you.

Mike Hendricks,

Russellville, Ark.

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  • Easy to say when you are at death's doorstep anyway. So old hack.

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, May 8, 2020, at 5:01 PM
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