by Dwight D. Weidman.
In the face of Governor Wolf’s arbitrary and opaque rules for re-opening our economy, a group of Franklin County area business people have decided that enough is enough and have formed a group called “Fighting Back ReOpen May 11th”. The group launched a Facebook site on May 1st, and is currently made up of at least 18 small and medium-sized business owners who think it’s time to put people back to work and put food on the table for their families. Franklin and other surrounding South Central PA counties have had lower incidences of Coronavirus cases and deaths than other areas of the state but continue to be kept closed by government fiat.
Shane Myers, the director and spokesperson for the group, has stated that some businesses don’t want to be revealed at this point, due to fear of retaliation, but has listed Antrim Way Honda, UV Stems “The Flower Shop”, Janie’s Treasures, All Things Country, Alpha Fitness, UV Bronze Tanning, along with multiple Real Estate Agencies and Hair Salons as being charter members of the group. He has also stated that local elected officials State Senator Doug Mastriano, State Representatives Paul Schemel and Rob Kauffman, Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas and 85th District Representative David Rowe have been very supportive. “I believe that the local officials will be on your side on this one. Keep up the effort” remarked Paul Schemel and “While there are risks associated with it, I understand why it may be necessary for some to do this. There is a time for civil disobedience in a democratic society. Citizens and business owners have to decide what their breaking point is. It would definitely be important to have the local mayors and police departments involved, as they are the ones enforcing in our local downtown business districts” said Representative Rob Kauffman. Myers said he also expects more businesses to get involved. The Facebook page also mentions that attorney Chris Sheffield is providing legal support to the group.
A press release has gone out to local media about the group’s formation. Anyone wishing to support this effort to resist Governor Wolf’s tyranny should go to the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fighting-Back-ReOpen-May-11th-112504430447086/ or call Shane Myers at 717-709-6246.