Small Business Paying for Covid-19 Pandemic | Beaufort County Now | John Romano offers Federalist readers a small business owner’s perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Small Business Paying for Covid-19 Pandemic

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    John Romano offers Federalist readers a small business owner's perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For almost 20 years now my wife, Laura, and I have run Link Paris, a small boutique French travel company. We've had our ups and downs, but we survived the great recession in 2008, the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and 2016, and the reality of giant competitors eventually moving into our niche. ...
  • ... Our No. 1 product is a day trip from Paris to visit the landing beaches in Normandy. It is a destination every American should see if he or she visits France. We are very proud to have helped so many people visit this hallowed ground.
  • Now, here we are, 10 months into COVID. Our revenue is down more than 99 percent. We've had a total of two clients since March &mdash a father and daughter who were receiving medical treatment in Paris. They, and others like them, are among the very few Americans allowed abroad.
  • We're still standing, but how much longer can we? How much longer can any disrupted small business last? We are hurting in my industry and many others.
  • This is a horrible virus and I fully understand and support the fight against it. The worry is that the government is implicitly saying to us, and a million other small businesses, that we're simply collateral damage of the pandemic. "Yes, you had a decent life, but that is over now. You need to accept your limited prospects and move on. Tough break. But, you know, the virus." ...
  • ... No small business could've prepared for this. What started as "15 days to slow the spread" has turned into something far different. I get it &mdash six weeks to beat the Germans in World War I turned into four long years of trench warfare. Things change.
  • But Washington needs to give small businesses a genuine, real chance to survive.

Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Gov. Roy Cooper pushes wind energy panacea via executive order, but Chairman of the N.C. Energy Policy Council Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson deems the move an overstep of authority that does not ‘follow the science'
The nation’s federal prison system is in hot water again, this time for security failures that allow inmates to escape undetected.
Leave it to the Donald to lay it out
87% of respondents, who are likely Republican primary voters, view former president Donald Trump favorably

HbAD1

North Carolina Senator Natasha Marcus, D-Mecklenburg, has been spreading falsehoods about N.C.’s donor privacy bill.

HbAD2

Two bills, which would allow medical professionals who aren’t doctors greater latitude in serving patients, are advancing in the Senate.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is at it again, this time comparing the U.S. and Israel’s actions in the Middle East to those of Hamas and the Taliban.
A county in California has revised their COVID-19 death total down 25% — by 411 cases — after initially counting all deaths with a positive COVID-19 test as a COVID-related death.
Recently, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act (HELP Act) and the Strategic Acquisition and Floodplain Efficiency Reform Act (SAFER Act), legislation to help communities recover from natural disasters.
What about the part of Washington outside the Downtown?
Jaden Ng, 13, and her family sat in the gallery on Thursday morning to watch the N.C. Senate vote to ban abortions sought based on the likelihood of Down syndrome
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Data may have been queried and/or altered in the 2020 Election. Why else would this code be there if not to be used?

HbAD3

 
Back to Top