It wasn’t a bad day. I woke up to rain and I’ll probably be going to bed to rain. In between, the weather was pleasant enough to take a walk around the block. Of course, wearing a mask while taking a leisurely stroll felt strange but that’s the way of the world is right now.
The Dallas county stay-at-home order has been extended until May 15th. Interestingly, the main opponent to Dallas’s stay-at-home order has turned out to be J. Wiley Price. Price represents some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of Dallas County and his argument has been that, the longer the economy is shut down, the more likely it is that the small and locally-owned businesses in those communities will never be able to reopen. That will take jobs and opportunities out of communities that are already struggling. Price is a controversial figure in Dallas and he’s said a lot of things over the past few years that I disagree with but I actually agree with him here.
(In Dallas, Price’s nickname is “Our Man Downtown.” It’s generally agreed that he’s corrupt-as-Hell and he was very publicly investigated by the FBI a few years ago. But, regardless of his personal ethics, he does seem to take care of his constituents.)
There’s been a shift recently among those who want to keep the economy locked down. They’ve gone from talking about reopening when the curve is flattened to reopening when there is a vaccine. However, there’s a very good chance that there will never be a vaccine for this. Waiting until there is zero risk is not realistic because there will probably never be zero risk. It’s scary but that’s the truth.