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OPINION

LETTER: It’s easy to support the shutdown when your business isn’t

Staff Writer
Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

You have printed several editorial and opinion pieces talking about the danger of opening the economy back up.

I wonder if your position would be the same if the governor had ruled that newspapers were not essential because all this could be available online and required you to shut down your presses and stop delivering newspapers?

People would say that the press is protected by the First Amendment, but this amendment gives the same weight to the free exercise of religion and the right of the people to peaceable assemble.

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It could also be said that there is great risk in delivering papers. If a carrier were infected they could possibly spread the virus to countless people in the community. You obviously did not think a newspaper shutdown was a good idea because you didn't shut down for the safety of your employees and the community.

I am just asking that you see the problem from the point of view of those businesses that are shut down and the workers that are out of work and struggling.

It seems to me that all those calling for the shutdown to continue are still operating or receiving a paycheck.

Jim Reese, Niceville