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EDITORIAL: Malheur County, time for bold move to rescue our economy

A sign posted at the entrance to the Project DOVE boutique in Ontario points to the reason for the thrift shop’s closure. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

In these dark days, it may seem hard to imagine what life will be like when we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. In Malheur County, though, we should be planning now for that day. Our economy is slipping into a shambles and the work to rebuild it must begin now.

The economic damage is likely to get more severe. Many businesses have turned off the lights, either because customers disappeared or they were forced to. Others limp along with reduced staff, reduced hours and hopes to cover the bills. When the time comes to open up the economy, we will have lost employers, we will have lost workers, and we will have . . .