To The Herald-Whig:
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives short shrift to the workers in Illinois. The system he initiated to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most rigid of the 50 states. It seems everything today is political, and Pritzker is certainly a political animal.
If one looks at those states that have opened more than Illinois, they are largely governed by Republicans. It's Pritzker and his fellow blue state Democrats who don't seem to want to save their states from economic tragedy.
The sudden halt in economic activity has driven Illinois' unemployment rate to 20.7 percent, for the week ending May 9, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Illinois' jobless claims have climbed to over 1 million people since Pritzker's recent order to close "non-essential" businesses.
It was difficult for me to understand the logic in Pritzker's recent order to open dog groomers, but not beauty parlors and barbershops. I have nothing against dog groomers, but the governor seems more concerned with how canines look than giving Illinois citizens freedom to make their own grooming choices. Pritzker may have his personal barber cut his hair weekly, but we can't do that in Quincy.
I have one of the best barbers in Quincy and likely the entire tri-state area, but I can't see him to get my shaggy locks removed. He operates by appointment only and can easily control the number of customers in his shop. I could wear a mask if necessary, although that would be cumbersome.
Perhaps I should consider contacting a dog groomer.