So much we could have done, so much we should have done, so much we did not do and will not do.

The women (and yes, every single one of them is a woman) who work as servers at the popular bar restaurant in my Michigan village are pretty much all mothers. The restaurant doesn’t hire women old enough to be grandmothers.

The servers did okay during the first shutdown, because they got unemployment. They were glad to be able to spend time at home hunkering down and taking care of their children.

But we’ve just shut down restaurants again, and unemployment benefits have run out.

These mothers are home with no income and no possibility of any income even though their families can’t make it financially without them.

And nobody cares, at least not enough to do something about it. National leadership is off in la la land somewhere, and our state government is locked in hopeless partisan bickering.

You’d think a crisis like this pandemic would have pulled us together to work on important things like you’re talking about here in your article. Instead, it has fractured us, and people are suffering terribly.

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