To the Editor:

I didn’t want to get involved with what happens in our community but I think it’s my duty to report what I’ve seen and what hasn’t been done about it.

Mitchell is usually a booming place in the summer months. With tourists, carnival week, Main Street is usually the place to be. But this year Mitchell’s seniors don’t get to have the normal graduation.

Personally I work in health care and right now it’s scary, every single day going to work and trying to make sure I’m not bringing anything in with me, as well as making sure I have PPE to wear for that particular day.

I’ve lived in Mitchell my whole life, and I have never seen this quiet run-of-the-mill town so desolate, so volatile. I’ve seen the grandmothers and grandfathers trying their hardest to get out of the house and try to get supplies they so righteously deserve. I myself am one of the many people in the United States not to get a stimulus check, not being able to have that little extra push is hard. I’m happy that I’m still able to go do my job, but it’s getting harder and harder to stay afloat with the economy essentially crashing down around us.

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I love Mitchell. I was born and raised here, but don’t you think that Kristi Noem should’ve enforced the ban on leaving our homes days ago? Even weeks ago? Now we face absolute devastation if COVID-19 gets into our nursing homes, our grandparents' houses, and in total our loved one’s homes, especially those with a weakened immune system. What about newborns and expecting mothers in this time?

What about the precious life they carried for months in order to bring life and happiness into the world, future generations that could be damaged if we don’t do something about it now.

Stay home please!

Ashleigh Stunes

Mitchell