Magazine May 18, 2020, Issue

Michigan’s COVID Confusion

A sign placed outside a bowling alley in Hillsdale, Mich. (Brendan Miller)
No seeds for you!

This spring Damon Glei ran a renegade garden center. Under the rules of Michigan’s COVID-19 lockdown, his business, Glei’s Orchards and Greenhouses, should have been shuttered for most of April. Yet he kept it open, selling trowels, gardening gloves, and flats of vegetable seedlings. “You have to eat,” he says. “If you grow your own food, you have to start now. We will sell you everything you need.”

This act of civil disobedience could have led to fines and even prison time for Glei. As Americans bristle at the stay-at-home orders that have thrown tens of millions of people out of

This article appears as “COVID Confusion in Michigan” in the May 18, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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