Four Northern Michigan Sheriffs call on using "common sense" in letter.
I’ll just drop this here.
It was posted on Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel’s Facebook page.
April 15, 2020
For Immediate Release
Sheriffs of the 101st House District Speak Out
As Sheriffs of Michigan’s 101st House district, comprised of Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, and Mason Counties, we write today to inform the public of our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority. She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.
As a result, we will not have strict enforcement of these orders. We will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation.
Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God given rights are not violated. We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.
Our focus needs to be on reopening our counties and getting people back to work. We also need to be aware that this virus is deadly and that we need to continue to practice social distancing, washing of hands, wearing of masks as well as other medically recommended measures. Allowing those without paychecks back to work is imperative to the economic success and wellbeing of our community. We can do this in stages, especially those that work outside.
Together, as a community, we will overcome this pandemic, and as Americans, we will persevere and come out even stronger than before. As Sheriffs of your community we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who have entrusted us with your protection.
Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich
Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel
Manistee County Sheriff Ken Falk
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole
Clearly we know who we can trust.
I have known at least two of these serious constitutional officers, and have known of (and respected) the other two for some time. They mean it, and have our backs.
I was not surprised that my county sheriff was not a part of this list, but saddened just the same.
God bless them all.