In a way, I understand the impatience of Republicans and many business owners. I know what it feels like to be furloughed. I also know from the employer’s view how hard it is to let good workers go.

I don’t understand impatience to “open” the economy just when we have finally “flattened the curve.” The place where the curve flattens is the very peak — the very worst level of the outbreak.

This crisis must be compared to the 10-year Vietnam War that killed 55,000 U.S. soldiers. Only this time, the same number of deaths has been squeezed into three months.

It’s not time to go out into the streets and kiss the first available woman like soldiers did after World War II. There are still plenty of bullets whizzing past our heads.

In the middle of World War II, one popular American soldiers’ motto was, “Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition.” Praising the Lord is great. But we can’t forget to pass the ammunition.

Kimball Shinkoskey

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