Close the borders to stop the virus

Close the borders to stop the virus

{{featured_button_text}}

I awoke this morning knowing I had to do more.

I am a native Montanan. My family owns a small restaurant that employees 25-30 employees and a small cattle ranch. As our restaurant closed and cattle prices plummet, I have spent the last weeks reassuring my fellow Montanans that all would be well by trying to make sure they had all they needed and implored them to do the same for their neighbors.

As our governor encouraged social distancing and shut down schools and businesses, again I assured our employees and friends all would be well, after all Montana is sparsely populated with a very low rate of infection. With schools and business closed social distancing and sunshine on the way, Montana was going to win this battle in short order.

While all of this could have been true, it will not be. I watched in disbelief as the spring break party continued in Florida, California and other party hot spots. After a passionate verbal display on the rampant irresponsibility of these individuals, partiers and providers alike (my daughter called this a rant) she also made me aware that some of these kids would be returning to Montana to mingle through our community at will spreading COVID-19 like glitter everywhere they go.

This is catastrophic for Montana.

There is only one way to solve this. We close borders and airports to non-essential travel.

I spent most of Tuesday pleading with health officials and politicians. While none disagreed with me, none had answers. As Tuesday evening approached things were getting worse as I saw many motor homes from Washington and California at truck stops in Missoula and Lolo. These are people trying to flee highly infected states.

So at this point anyone reading this letter gets it so what do we know and what do we do. Unlike the flu, a seemingly healthy person can shed this virus for weeks.

This shutdown in our state will not end as long as COVID-19 carriers come to our doorstep. If your home is Montana and you come home, you must self-quarantine. Commercial traffic must continue people need food and livestock must be cared for.

In closing, I leave you with these few thoughts. Only the governor can close the border, which I am praying he will do. Please call his office as well as other elected officials as we must close our borders. Last and most important, be respectful the people answering the phones as well as fellow Montanans. They are just as fearful as you. May God bless us all.

— Tony Hudson, Stevensville

5
1
0
0
0

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

The recent Letter by Susan McCreary headed “Supports Tummarello” comes extremely close to the rule that it shouldn’t be justified with a response.

Whoa! Riding a horse around an empty 55 gallon barrel without knocking it over does not qualify one to hold elected office. Neither does ego, …

As a boy of twelve or so, I was headed out of the house one morning to catch the school bus when a car load of workers going to work stopped a…

Senator Daines has, and will continue to be, a strong voice for the people of Montana in the United States Senate. Steve has continually worke…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News