Letter: Crane singled out unfairly

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To the editor:

In regard to your article from May 14 titled "Mayor Bernard can enforce conditions on Crane reopening, state confirms" the central outstanding question the media should be asking is not addressed. That question is, why is the requirement to not produce or sell non-essential items as a state-determined essential business being limited to this one company?

The mayor cites health as the reason. Produce and/or sell less product, and as a result less staff and less staff interaction is generally needed. However, he not only praised Crane's submitted health and safety plan to the media, but he won't tell anyone why the requirement is simply not applied to all essential businesses in the city. If health is the reason then, and if the order was city-wide rather than targeting one business, that would optimize results.

Government power should be used through the lens of equal treatment and honest reasoning. That does not appear to be happening here.

Joseph Smith,

Clarksburg

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