The Leelanau Democrats are grateful that the vast majority of residents comply with COVID19 restrictions. We regret the unfortunate press release from four Sheriffs of Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason Counties, April 15, stating “As Sheriffs of Michigan’s 101st House district…we write today to inform the public of our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders….As a result, we will not have strict enforcement of these orders.”
Understandably alarmed by this position from public servants sworn to uphold the law, the Leelanau County Democratic Party’s press release on April 17 strongly opposed this position, stressing that the current COVID19 orders save lives. We were heartened to see that late on April 17, in response to community reaction, Sheriff Borkovich’s posted on facebook that he recognizes the danger and does indeed support and will continue to enforce COVID19 executive orders.
We agree with the Sheriff that all of us are in this together. The best way to get people back to work is to increase reliable testing for the disease, track and isolate every case. We understand many have lost jobs and income, and encourage buying local and ordering take out to keep our businesses alive.