I labored over 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a licensed wildlife biologist and as a licensed fishery scientist. I then spent over 15 years doing vital work for them as a volunteer, so I’ve a fairly good concept of the kind of work they should do to realize their accomplishment objectives.
Over the previous 12 months, I’ve tried calling varied places of work on the Chattahoochee, Pisgah and Nantahala Nationwide Forests a number of instances, with no response aside from an automated recording that the the workplace is presently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, or one thing comparable. Throughout this time, after I questioned a couple of supposedly educated people about what was happening, they advised me that the staff had been understanding of their home at full pay! I’ve little doubt that this is identical scenario throughout all authorities companies.
On the similar time tens of millions of individuals in non-public business had been going bankrupt and dropping their enterprise, tens of millions of presidency workers had been “working at dwelling” and drawing full pay? There may be actually no method that foresters, biologists, engineers, soil scientists and different people employed by the Forest Service can do every part obligatory to perform their objectives by ”working at dwelling.”
I definitely don’t fault the sector models I attempted to contact. They’re merely following edicts from their increased places of work in Washington, and I’ve little doubt would favor to be working usually.
The mortality price for kids and folks nonetheless younger sufficient to be working is so low, that lockdown restrictions on work ought to have been lifted months in the past. Most retired older folks have a alternative. They’ll go into hiding and be depressing for his or her remaining days or just ignore the possibility of contracting COVID-19 (or another of the various afflictions of the outdated) and revel in life with a really slight probability of assembly their maker a couple of days sooner! I’m 88 and take the second alternative with no reservations!
Monte E. Seehorn