Northern Michigan to downstate residents: Stay home during coronavirus!

Traverse City is a magnet for second homes belonging to affluent families in downstate Michigan and places like Chicago. The mayor would like them to stay south during the coronavirus crisis.

The resort havens of Traverse City and Petoskey are among the jewels of Michigan tourism.  

But not this week.  

From the mayors in these lakefront towns, to a mother of two young children in Manistee County and members of a Facebook group in Leelanau County, the message to downstate Michiganders is pretty clear: 

Stay away.

They fear that part-time owners or renters of homes might bring the coronavirus to their — so far — lightly infected, less-populated communities, where they say a traveler-driven surge in cases could overwhelm small health care systems.

“If you have friends and family downstate figuring since they are out of work they may as well just come UpNorth to the cottage, please encourage them not to,” Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers wrote on Facebook Monday. 

“The possibility of bringing infection from areas with more covid19 positive results to areas with less, like the Grand Traverse region, is highly possible.”

Petoskey Mayor John Murphy told Bridge Magazine that limited medical resources — of medical staff, beds and ventilators — at hospitals in Emmet and Charlevoix counties would not “be enough to handle the onslaught if it comes full force.”         

“People should do what they’re supposed to do, stay in their homes and not travel,” Murphy said.

Those putting out the non-welcome mat say they are eying with trepidation an explosion of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in metro Detroit, notably in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties — which represent about 38 percent of Michigan’s population but 85 percent of its positive cases. The three counties had more than 1,900 cases by Wednesday afternoon. In contrast, counties in northwest lower Michigan had a total of 17.  

Earlier this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order banned most non-essential travel. But the decree specifically allows “travel between two residences in this state.”

Grand Traverse County Health Officer Wendy Hirschenberger said she wants those who decide to travel to their northern Michigan second home to escape the virus to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days.

“People who are driving up from downstate or other areas of the country that are high-risk need to self-quarantine for 14 days,” she said in a statement to Bridge. “Symptomatic or not, pretend as if you are carrying it and do your part to slow the spread.”

If they come, Hirschenberger said, she advised them to use delivery services, rather than entering local grocery stores or pharmacies, until their quarantine concludes.

The Traverse City Record Eagle reported that the largest hospital in northwest Michigan — Munson in Traverse City — had 29 adult ventilators.  The entire Munson Healthcare system, including seven owned and two affiliated hospitals across northern Michigan and St. Ignace had 81 ventilators, the newspaper reported.

Concern and, in some cases, anger from year-round residents of popular vacation areas have resounded across the United States, especially in coastal communities along the nation’s eastern seaboard, and virtually anywhere second homes are a half-day or less drive from infection hotspots like New York City.

There was a backlash among locals aimed at wealthy New York City residents fleeing to the Hamptons, the Catskills and the Jersey shore where they own second homes. Besides fear that they will bring the virus with them, locals say visitors are clearing the shelves in their grocery stores.

On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy sent out this tweet: “I urge those who have homes at the Jersey Shore to NOT go to them at this time. The local infrastructure, especially the health care infrastructure, is not prepared for the influx of part-time residents. Please stay at your primary residences.”

Meanwhile, an influx of private jets are raising concerns among residents of Nantucket island, where the only hospital has limited beds and just three ventilators. The hospital urged part-time residents to stay away “to avoid a potentially dire scenario.”

The case for caution 

Bob Kingon knows a lot about infectious diseases. He was a deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for 30 years before he retired and built his year-round retirement home on Elk Lake in Antrim County, just north of Traverse City. 

Kingon, 79, lives there full time with his wife, Karen, and has been active as a planning commissioner in Milton Township and on volunteer boards aiming to protect northern Michigan waterways.

He said Hirschenberger’s 14-day quarantine advice — similar to a restriction Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced as mandatory this week for travelers on all flights coming to Florida from New York or New Jersey — was an excellent solution.

“Folks with second homes are still citizens and taxpayers and we need to respect that,” Kingon said. “As long as they adhere to a quarantine, I think we can handle it.”

Kingon noted that it’s not just second homeowners who have returned or soon will to the region that might raise concerns. Many of the region’s retirees spend winter weeks or months in warmer climates, especially Florida and Arizona. They would be wise to also follow the 14-day quarantine plan when they return, he said.

Kingon himself has a neighbor who would seem to fit the quarantine request. 

Tom Kenaya recently drove up to Elk Lake from his primary home in Rochester in Oakland County (543 confirmed cases). 

Kenaya, who works remotely for an Internet company, packed up his truck with his three children, ages 10, 12 and 15, and seven coolers of food and arrived at Elk Lake 12 days ago. His wife, Connie, is a medical education specialist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. She works remotely but couldn’t join the family because she had to be within 50 miles of the hospital, while working.

“We haven’t left the house except to go outside for fresh air,” said Kenaya, 50, who said he has coronary artery disease. “We’re healthy and we want to stay that way.”

In essence, the family is following the 14-day self quarantine advice.

He said he understands the concerns of people like the Traverse City mayor but he’s taken all precautions to make sure he and his children were healthy before they left Rochester and since they’ve arrived.

“This was a way to get away from the noise, the phone calls the kids were constantly getting from their friends, who wanted to go out,” he said.

His oldest is a student at Brother Rice High School and the two younger children both attend the Rochester Public Schools. Kenaya starts his workday online at 8:30 a.m. and the three children begin later, all taking online classes and spending much of their days on reading assignments.

Warren Call, CEO of Traverse Connect, the lead economic development organization for a five-county region centered in Traverse City, was measured in his assessment of downstate travelers.

He declined to say he would tell second home owners to stay away, but said “there’s a lot of good reason to say if you don’t need to travel then you shouldn’t.”

He said he worries about the health of workers and families. “A strong economy depends on a healthy workforce. We support efforts to flatten the curve, shorten the duration that businesses are closed so, as soon as possible, we can get our local economy back up and running.”

Mayor Carruthers’ Facebook post on Monday provoked plenty of comments, mostly supportive, and 765 shares as of late afternoon Wednesday. 

Among those commenting was Beth Joseph, a single mom with children ages 2 and 5 in unincorporated Brethren, in Manistee County.

She posted a meme called “A Local’s Plea” with photos of a small northern Michigan hospital above a shot of the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She added these words: “You may have several hospitals this size within an hour’s drive of your primary home. Many of us have one 10-bed hospital within an hour’s drive of our only home. You are better off staying home.”

She said her anger was inspired by an ad she came across on Instagram, advertising a condo rental at the Homestead Resort near Glen Arbor. 

“If you need a place for some social distancing we can help,” the ad read. “Unlimited walking, hiking and bicycle trails available. Our condo is wide open through the rest of March and April.”

She was incensed and let the condo owner know it: “Shame on you! You should be encouraging people to stay  home! What hospital beds are folks going to use when they get sick from the virus that they bring with them?”

Even here in our outlying corner of the world, we are seeing people from the cities flooding our area and wiping our shelves clean of supplies we and our elderly population need! -- Julie Rapson

The ad was taken down not long after her post.

“I have empathy for people who have a home up here and want to come,” she told Bridge. “But people profiting off short-term rentals makes me crazy.”

The please-stay-put sentiment is not confined to northwest Michigan. Bridge reported last week on efforts by residents of the Upper Peninsula to have state officials close the Mackinac Bridge to keep the coronavirus from hitting the U.P. (they didn’t, and the disease did). 

Related: Some Yoopers want to close Mackinac Bridge to stop the spread of coronavirus

In Oscoda, on northeastern lower Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline, one resident had her own observations about the downstater invasion in an email she sent to Bridge this week. 

“Even here in our outlying corner of the world, we are seeing people from the cities flooding our area and wiping our shelves clean of supplies we and our elderly population need!” Julie Rapson wrote.

It hardly needs mentioning which shelves were cleared first.   

“WHAT is so special about toilet paper????” Rapson wrote. “Does it secretly cure COVID-19? Is there something the rest of us need to know???

“They need to stay home, stop coming up here and realize that this is NOT the Apocalypse! It's only a few weeks of isolation!”

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Promises
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 8:24pm

Well, do you promise not to come downstate when your hospitals are full or when you want more supplies? Are you going to give tax refunds to people who own seasonal homes up north?

Richard Williams
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:42am

I have already paid for a cottage rental in the Petoskey area for June. I may not be able to use the cottage if the pandemic persists. I do not expect a refund. So be it. I also would not want to get sick at a time when Petoskey 's hospital might be over burdened and unable to help me. I am self-isolating in Indiana and plan to do so as long as this crisis lasts. Best wishes to all.

LOL
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 2:29pm

Why shouldn't you get a refund? It must be nice to be so wealthy to rent places in fancy areas and not expect a refund when you can't use it.

Randolph Schreiner
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:53am

Why be nasty?

Unemployed
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:21am

We lost jobs, but landlords still want their income. Who is the nasty one?

Northerner
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:33am

Thank You Richard, you have a lot more going for you than the ones that have already run up here expecting to escape it where they might be carrying it.

Oh, please
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:27am

The hospitals up here will be full because all the seasonal, (aka snowbirds) families with children with no school to attend, other people that feel rules are not meant for them, will head up north from some of heavier infected areas to get away, ("might as well head up to the cottage, so we can hike, , head to the lakes, maybe even get the boat out, drag the bikes 4 wheelers etc.. ") and btw, they will stop at the stores and load up on a months worth of supplies or more.... thus taxing the already bare shelves - And no you don't get a tax break, anymore that I would if I owned several homes. You obviously can afford it :)

Anonymous
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 8:41pm

Keep in mind that COVID19 is probably already in northern Michigan and the UP, but there hasn't been widespread testing. West Virginia and most of the country have many more cases than are being reported. There have been plenty of delivery trucks going to towns all over the state and many still are even with the shut down. It just takes a few people to spread the virus. No one anywhere has adequate healthcare. All hospitals are already overwhelmed or close to it. Instead of fighting each other, make sure your government representatives allocate the trillions of taxpayer dollars to where they are needed, that is, where the people happen to be. The response has to be just as mobile as the residents. It's time to get back to work, right?

Where is help?
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 7:42am

Even if the federal government ever mobilizes with testing and supplies, there aren't enough trained technicians to run ventilators. It isn't enough to turn motels into ICUs. The president should be using the trillions of dollars allocated to train technicians ASAP, maybe those technicians should be military or former military. We're losing the war because our commander in chief is too conceited, with self-assured delusions of grandeur, and slow to act. He's only concerned with keeping his job, rather than doing his job. He's been in campaign mode his whole presidency pretending he's governing. He keeps saying he inherited all these problems. Yet he's had over three years to fix anything he thought was wrong. He's just woefully incompetent. I'd rather not see or hear from him and have Mike Pence in charge.

SSG-Rick
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 8:54am

Well at least the President closed down travel, and a multitude of other precautions at about the same time the U.S. had its FIRST few cases. Then within a matter of days he declared a national emergency. obama on the other hand WAITED until we had 300,000 in the hospitals and over 1,000 DEAD before HE ever did what PRESIDENT TRUMP.
One last point, President Trump took action in mere WEEKS, obama took more than six months to adequately respond .
However the most important thing is what is done now. Primarily the our main should be each other and our families, NOT POINTING FINGERS; we will have plenty of time for that latter...MUCH LATER!!!

Kathi Geukes
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 9:26am

Oh Rick...if only you knew that the team Obama had at the inauguration of the "person" in the WH told his people BEFORE he was sworn in that this was coming...you might have the true facts and not the fairy tales he likes...no loves to spread.....He KNEW this was coming BEFORE he really became prez and did NOTHING to prepare....NOTHING!!!! So the next time you try to school someone and point out what your "prez"is doing to make us safe...lol...you might want to stick to facts and not out right LIES!!!
!

Jeffrey Kless
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:14am

Thanks for rewriting Trump's Corvid 19 timeline of responses and actions.
He needs all the running dogs he can get.

You're delusional
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 2:51pm

Rick, you really need your head checked. What makes you think stopping planes from China did anything? By the time Drump did that, people from China had already come here from Italy. He still has people flying and driving domestically all over our country. Drump is a total failure who isn't fit to tie Obama's shoes. Obama took on Ebola and crushed it . Drump said COVID 19 was seasonal flu, a Democratic hoax, and that it would disappear in April. He followed the advice of boy-genius deny&deflect Kushner whom he's grooming to follow him. We now know the virus may peak in April thanks to the responsible actions of our great governors, mostly Democrats, but unlike you, a party hack, I'll give credit to the responsible Republican governors too. Sadly many Americans will still die unnecessarily. GOP Gov DeIdiot in Florida is the most irresponsible person in the country after phony commander-in-chief Drump and Moscow Mitch. All those asymptomatic snowbirds in Florida are going to come back here to infect responsible Michiganders who sheltered in place and greatly burden our already burdened healthcare system because the Florida governor is too weak and too greedy to act appropriately. Drump is the worst president in the history of the USA, the complete opposite of a very stable genius. The only thing comparable in a pejorative sense is the depth of ignorance on the part of his enablers. By that, I include you, Rick.

Ed of GB
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 8:53am

This article/blog (whatever we call it) is quite good. I would like though to know the specifics on the deaths and hospitalized. Those with the virus is interesting but doesn't help me manage fear. I understand sickness, but we all get sick. What we all need to get a grip on is who is likely to get so sick that we overload the hospital infrastructure and or die as a result. How many people are hospitalized or die because of underlying conditions? Living like we are under Marshall law is not going to end well if this continues for any long period.

Martial Law
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 3:06pm

Hey Ed, you should do some reading, especially about the situation in Italy. The US is on the same trajectory. Many people who survive this say they get a pneumonia described as breathing with shards of glass in their lungs. Doctors are spreading the infections because they lack supplies and equipment. They have to rely on homemade masks that don't even filter properly. Nevertheless they try to wash and reuse those defective masks. Hospitals are don't have capacity for all the people needing beds and ventilators. If they resolve those matters, they will still lack the number of technicians they need to run the ventilators. This isn't just people getting sick. It's masses of people dying. It's your loved ones, young, old, able, disabled going to the hospital alone, staying in isolation and perhaps dying alone. You can't talk or text while you're on a ventilator and no family can visit you. They'll have to cremate the bodies without any service. Let me guess, do you get all your information from FOX News? Try different sources. Trust scientists and doctors, not politicians. If you think you or any other red-blooded American can solve this with your gun, you're really nuts. Yes, there is a time when martial law is necessary and being a real American means loving your fellow Americans.

Anonymous
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:40am

If my hours were cut in half, will I be eligible to receive an additional $600 or prorated amount on top of the normal unemployment compensation?

William Hammond
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 1:16am

Yes.

Chris
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 5:04pm

1. Then don’t send your head traumas, cancer patients and burn victims downstate. Does that even sound right?
2. There isn’t a hospital in the state that can handle the healthcare that could potentially be needed from this situation. That is exactly why the whole state is on shutdown right now, so we can flatten the curve! You act like this is only a northern Michigan issue.
3. I’m not going to even get into the property tax issue here... we pay tens of thousands of dollars that go to all kinds of public services we never take advantage of including hospitals.

Robyn A Tonkin
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 2:38pm

I scrolled through the comments, sure I would find one that mentioned the magic words "property tax" and it was yours. There may be others, but yours is the one I saw. I have never understood this argument. If you don't want to pay the taxes, don't own the property. It seems you want to own the property, not live in it most of the time, but have people bend over backward and give you perks because you grace the Northwoods with your little tax gift. I've heard these arguments over and over again during the forty years we have lived in the UP. During that time, we have lost clinics, hospitals and doctors. I think women have to drive between 100 and 200 miles now to get to a delivery room when they are going to have a baby in my part of the UP. The hospitals and doctors we have soldier on with providing care for an ageing population and a younger population with all the big city problems--drug addiction, alcoholism, "diseases of civilisation". If a burn case from the northwoods was in a downstate hospital in normal times, he or she would not be noticed among the hundreds of patients. If such a person was in one of our tiny understaffed hospitals, they would be one of a handful of patients. Your behavior is the norm among downstaters, in my observation. Second home owners tend to keep to themselves, behave objectionably and boisterously in stores, taverns, tourism venues and restaurants, and in general, let the rest of us know how much better they are, and how much more they deserve, than we, the great unwashed locals. Second home owners in general behave as though the Northwoods was created just for them, and only for them, so they can collect all their cherished memories of being up "Up North" in their little personal kingdom. Very elitist, that. Not to mention, out of touch.

Theresa
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 3:14pm

As someone who lives in Petoskey, I could not agree more! They come here expecting to be treated as privileged and during this crisis they seem oblivious to the fact that we just do not have the day to day resources during this difficult time. They are coming to our area in a time when the stores can barely keep up being stocked for locals, much less for downstaters. We very much welcome them back when things are a bit less stressful here.

Be nice
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:35am

That's odd, the very first comment talks about taxes. Those "elites" typically pay higher taxes than locals. Locals can always move downstate and work their rears off to become "elites" instead of living in paradise hunting and fishing for food when the freezer gets low. Just saying a lot of working class people do a lot of nasty work to afford a getaway in Northern Michigan. Whether they own the place or rent it, someone pays a lot of taxes locally for the "privilege". If life is so hard up there, imagine how hard it would be if no one went there to spend money, if only seasonally. Yes, the transients actually support your cherished bucolic way of life and it's obvious that you loathe the people who support you. You bite the hand that feeds you and claim you're self-sufficient survivalists that don't need government. Well, this is both sad and ridiculous.

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:57am

Us locals forgo higher wages to live closer to the streams. If you want to live closer to the streams and not pay high taxes, forgo your high paying job and move on up here. Northerners don't buy homes to vacation in Southern MI. Sorry.

If you don't like the "Privilege" sell your damn house. You will lose your "Privilege" but you will gain your tax revenue. What means more to you?

Do we up here worry that you won't come up here? Do you sense any kind of worry in the wording of my post?

Where ya going to on vacation? Northern Ohio?

I am normally the one on this board who defends the city dwellers, until I see I crap like this. Have fun in NOrthern Ohio!

Family
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 10:26am

It's not all about money. Families can't stay together and thrive trying to live by a stream, especially when you have a health emergency like a pandemic. It takes money to build and staff hospitals. Have fun by the stream when COVID-19 hits you or someone you know. Otherwise be glad for the city dwellers. I love streams, especially when the water is clean, without PFAS or leaking septic tanks.

William Hammond
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 1:29am

“They need to stay home, stop coming up here and realize that this is NOT the Apocalypse! It's only a few weeks of isolation!”

Try being a person who has 3 or 4 strikes against them already and living in the populous SE part of the state. It feels like the Apocalypse already. Just sitting here - I’ve been Self-Quarantining for over 2 months now - and waiting for the other shoe to drop! I’m in a state of near panic every day! My family has owned property for 106 years in Manistee County and I have a vacation place I could go to. The relative absence of both people and Coronavirus has seemed mighty tempting to me. I have no illusions that any prediction on severity or duration has any validity as of yet. If I get worried enough I WILL go up north!! But don’t worry, I’ll continue my Self-Quaratining up there just as I have down here. Because if I get exposed I will likely be a member of the “Walking Dead”!!

Anonymous
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 3:57pm

"A few weeks?" Trump gave us the 15 day plan two weeks ago and now he's giving us a new 30 day plan. After that he'll give us a 6 month plan. Wake up! We're under martial law. He's never going to let go of power. He's the American version of Putin, only less bright and heavier. Imagine if he sprung his plan on us all at once, there would have been a rebellion. We're like frogs in a cold pot of water on a stove and he's turning up the temperature slowly, by election time, we'll be cooked and not even realize it. With a LIAR in CHIEF as president, we are DOOMED. The writing has been on the wall before the 2016 election, but everyone chose to ignore it. He is completely incompetent. Yet when he asks what do you have to lose? People just don't think about what they actually have to lose: EVERYTHING!

Karen
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 2:20pm

Grow up, Northern Michigan! On a good day, this insular part of the state has a general disdain for outsiders and cosmopolitan folks visiting what they believe to be 'their' holy land. Case and point: The Bay View Association. The facts are that many snow-birds are now migrating back to THEIR residences in the near future. Who ever said that Northern Michigan would be exempt from the same trials endured in other parts of the state and nation? It's time to accept that the only reason you're not some collective forgotten ghost-town is because of 'those people.'

Anonymous
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 3:57pm

Crazy Trump wants to attack this pandemic county by county! Still voting GOP?

Theresa
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 3:22pm

YES !

LOL
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:41am

So you ARE a socialist! Bernie introduced socialism to Americans and Trump implemented it! Trump and the Trump controlled GOP of today comprise the new socialist party of America! Everything they pretended to fear about Bernie is now being done in record time by Trump. Suckers! LOL

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:03am

NOT TRUE!

Bernie want's to help the average person.

Trump gives socialism to the REAL PEOPLE OF AMERICA! The paper people! CORPORATIONS! Privatize the profits socialize the losses!

That is the proper context!!

Tired
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 10:31am

TRUMP is NO CONSERVATIVE!!!!! He's a RINO.

Randolph Schreiner
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:52am

As a Fedex driver that goes from Pontiac to Toledo every night Ive been suprised by the percentage of out of State plates. Groups of people traveling thru the night from Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, and Ohio. People need to stop moving around and stay in place.

Bingo!
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 7:37pm

But it's their 2nd Amendment right to go where they want. This one snowbird came home to northeast Michigan because that's where his guns are and he thinks he'll need his guns when people run out of toilet paper! https://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2020/03/virus-changes-snow... The guy should be ashamed of himself. He says they didn't know the situation was bad before they escaped lawless Florida even though they had gone on a cruise and their family was worried about them, given that according to widespread news accounts cruise ships were not allowed to dock. These types of snowbirds all over the country come back from their winter homes potentially infecting people all along the way stopping at crowded rest stops. Smart and compassionate people would stay in their winter homes to protect their northern friends until this thing subsides. Then again they aren't so smart because they'll risk having to go to an overburdened northern Michigan hospital if they get sick. "Stupid is as stupid does" Forrest Gump

Robin
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 6:54pm

All of these homes need maintenance. If people aren't permitted in, they won't be able to mow the lawn and take care of their properties. Who is going to do it for them? Or are they just going to deliberately destroy people's homes?

Northerner
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:44am

really Robin your worried about you grass not being cut ?

Michigander
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 1:13pm

I’m a middle child and often try to be the peacemaker, so
We’ve been told to stay home, unless we are providing essential services, which is a solid science- based ruling. Wherever ‘home’ is, is where we should be. If ‘home’ is in northern Michigan, then isolate yourself there. If it’s downstate, ditto. We are required to stay put, and not travel unless it is for medical and other essential services.
I’d like to -eventually- be able to vacation in northern Michigan and the UP again and feel welcome there; I’d like Yoopers and other northern residents to remember that. I’d like us downstate residents to be respectful of the struggles that more remote residents have in accessing medical care, and that, for them, staying home presents challenges like not having a grocery store that delivers, or a pharmacy close by, or reliable cellular service, things that we take for granted down state.
Direct your anger and fear towards the virus, not other Michiganders. Let’s fight this together.

You are right
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:55am

On the other hand, all those things you mentioned as setbacks for northern Michigan exist because republicans are against changing those things. After dozens of years with republican control of Michigan, all we ever heard was that taxes were too high. They could have left taxes the way they were and fixed our infrastructure and education, put in place high-speed internet service across our state which would have helped businesses grow everywhere, including usable tele-medicine and education opportunities, not to mention better logistics for warehousing goods. Sorry, but people deserve their lot based on their choices. Vote for republicans and you lose, again and again. I thought that was clear after George W Bush and the great recession, but we're still being told to buy that old tired bill of goods about about trickle-down economics sold to us by Ronald Reagan and having to rebuild bubble after bubble. Slow and steady is best, but not for the greedy.

Summer Lovin'
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 4:01pm

If this goes on into summer, the locals up north, both rich and poor, will be begging for money lost from tourism. More bailouts!

Lola
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 7:40pm

we live in Oscoda mich. staying home doing what is asked of us But we have people who have a weekend home up here next door to us and they live downstate but they have been up here twice this week and stayed . i tought it was stay at home . TY

Hali
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:46pm

Start a petition

Hali
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:46pm

Start a petition