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Deadly economy

It is surprising to me that with a longtime and unabashed left-wing slant to just about everything emanating from NJJN, that the paper does not recognize that a healthy economy is the quintessential social justice issue of our time (Editorial, “The false choice between safety and the economy,” May 7). A depressed state and national and global economy will ultimately most hurt those whom a social justice movement purports to champion.

In an effort to stem the spread of Covid-19, our economy is already being devastated with a prolonged lockdown of society and commerce, and with this so-called mitigation proceeding indefinitely, unemployment just might spike to unprecedented levels. What will ensue will be an increase in homelessness, violence, crime, substance abuse, malnutrition, suicide, disease, and, without a doubt, death. I fear that the aforementioned deaths will continue long after the last Covid-19 patient succumbs to the virus.    

The choice between safety and the economy is not a false one, but perhaps better described as a Hobbesian one. There will no doubt be continued deaths from the virus, but also from a ruined economy. Thus far, and as evidenced from NJJN’s editorial, there has been little balance in this regard from many government officials and the mainstream media, in particular. 

Martin Marks
Cranford

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