By Arthur Moore
We are beginning to open this state back up. Good idea or bad? I am not expert enough to know the answer. Time will tell. But since we are now in phase one of the states reopening it only makes sense to go along with it. By not doing this it will only show that it is being used for publicity. Nothing more. The fact is that anyone who wishes to use what will now be available to them will only have to go to another city. So it is a nothing move. I understand businesses want to get up and running before they lose it altogether but why should it just be the ones in Somerville? This makes no sense at all. The logical thing to do is open up as per the states phase one program. Businesses will go by the rules as they do now want any problems. Also expect they will do less business not only because of the rules but those who will chose to stay away. This is the time to stand up and make sure the rules are followed and watch for any problems that may occur. If this works or does not we need to know asap so the decision can be made to scrap it or move to the next phase. But let’s understand one thing. Kicking the small businessman while he is down is not the right thing to do. This is the right time to stand up and do the right thing. We need to do what is right, not what we want. Now is the time to treat our small business with the respect they deserve. Not the way they have been treated. Many of us have given up much and will continue to do so to make things as safe as possible. The taxpayers are helping each other while the city is NOT. We have many changes coming about so we all need to work together now more than any other time. So many losses are happening to people because of this. And it is not going to get better for some very soon. Unlike our elected officials there will be many that will not be getting paychecks. Never mind businesses that not only do not get paychecks but have the extra expense of the business. They get screwed double. Also, some businesses may not even reopen if they do not feel safe to do so. In other states that also is happening.