The “Reopen Bishop” Protest was “interesting,” but will it make a difference?

MAGA hats, flags and protest signs were prominent at the “Reopen Bishop” rally held last Friday in front of Bishop Park. While there were cars with horns honking in support as they passed, there were also a few drivers giving thumbs up or down, and some giving the occasional “finger,” (a.k.a. the “California salute” or “flipping the bird”) as well. Clearly, there are some significant differences of opinion by the public on how the state, federal and local governments are handling the coronavirus pandemic through public health edicts and executive orders. And, of course, some protesters had their own agenda.

Around 40 residents showed up at Friday’s protest, including two Bishop city council members, protesting what many feel is “government overreach” in shutting down the economy by closing most small businesses and putting people out of work, while a few select businesses are allowed to remain open. There is considerable resentment by many small business owners and their employees on having lost their livelihood and being forced, in some cases, to rely on government or charity assistance.

It appeared that most of the protesters were small business owners and their supporters, expressing concern that they may well lose their businesses if the restrictions imposed by the state “Stay at Home” executive order issued by Governor Newsom on March 13, coupled with what many consider the  imposition of “draconian” public health orders, goes on much longer. Some businesses have already gone out of business and others may not be reopening.

A few protesters expressed anger as well at the severe restrictions that have been placed on many of the local public lands, limiting citizens’ movement and access in the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

One protester mentioned how she resented what she referred to as “COVID-shaming,” especially online on social media, in an effort to make local residents feel “guilty or ashamed” for simply just being outside their homes. There appeared to be a few “Constitutional experts” in attendance as well, who feel that government officials are “hell-bent,” as one protester described it, “on turning the country socialist.”

About thirty minutes into the protest, some of the protesters worked their way down Main Street, waving their signs and American flags.

While the state executive order by Newsom was purportedly to ensure consistency throughout the state in dealing with the public health emergency, a major sticking point with many of the protesters is the inconsistent way in which the order has been implemented. Put simply, they hate it when others are treated differently or unfairly or given preferential treatment over others.

Protesters want to know why it is that gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, golf courses, banks and laundromats were allowed to remain open, while local restaurants and many other small businesses had to close? Why couldn’t these small businesses that were closed been allowed to implement public safety protocols and remain open?

There are 58 counties in California, almost all them interpreting the executive Stay at Home order in different ways. Even many cities have different policies. Modoc County in Northern California (pop. 9,000) is allowing a” staged reopening,” letting all nonessential businesses, schools, and public transit companies to resume operations on Friday; the first in the state to do so. Other small counties with low COVID-19 cases are planning to do the same. Some here in Inyo County feel the same about reopening local businesses here.

People are also clearly beginning to suffer from “coronavirus fatigue,” a common result when a disaster or situation, goes on longer than most people are willing to tolerate. The question is: Are we there yet?

A disturbing aspect of the “Reopen Bishop” protest was that many of the protesters were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, either because they do not believe the government’s dire warnings on the danger of the coronavirus (i.e. that it is a “hoax”)…or possibly they simply did not care. There was evidence of both sentiments made in comments from a few of the protesters.

One argument heard was that “We’re all going to die from something anyway,” although there was no response to the question of, “Who among your friends and family would you be willing to sacrifice so that you can enjoy your freedom of movement and continue to enjoy your ‘constitutional right to go on living?’” Even the idea of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” was brought up by one protester.

Another protester said that “we have to stop this government from becoming socialist and giving everything away to people that don’t deserve the help.” When asked if they were going to cash the forthcoming stimulus check from the U.S. government, they remained silent. Socialism, it seems, does not exist when the government is giving you money, only when it gives it to others.

And then there were the usual references to the coronavirus not being any different than the flu that we experience every year. It is, in fact, very different. It is a “new virus” (hence the name, nuevo coronavirus 2019) and it is much more severe and deadly than the flu. Then there is the fact that people around the world have no natural or built up immunity to it, which is why it is called a pandemic.

Despite all the typical arguments heard at the rally that have little, if any, facts to support them, several things about the gathering are true:

People have a right to protest in this country whether others agree with them or not.

The “fairness” issue of why a select group of businesses were given preferential treatment to remain open during the pandemic is a fair question and should be addressed.

[As several business owners noted, most small businesses do not have hordes of customers inside their stores at one time; and that, given the proper guidance, most small businesses could implement safety precautions for their employees and customers on par with businesses that have been allowed to stay open.]

Probably the best argument made by protesters to “Reopen Bishop” is that the current situation simply cannot be sustained, socially or economically, for much longer. At some point, the question needs to be asked, “Have we flattened the curve with the measures taken, or have we merely extended it out for a much longer period of time? There is talk of a “second wave,” and a return of the virus again in the fall, and the possibility that the coronavirus may become an annual event just like the flu is now. There is currently no vaccine and it may be many months or over a year before one is developed.

There are no easy answers. But nor is there any reason to not allow people to ask questions. There is one thing however that sticks out about protesters in Inyo County: They are some of the most polite and congenial people you can imagine being around…well, except for a few exceptions!


58 Responses to The “Reopen Bishop” Protest was “interesting,” but will it make a difference?

  1. Craig May 11, 2020 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m still trying to figure out what the businesses and council members that were at the protest want as a reopening plan. Is this what you want?

    If that’s the plan, count me out. If not, please tell me. Here, or in the Register, or in a Chamber of Commerce or City Council press release, somewhere, anywhere that’s reasonable for Bishop customers to find out what you’re thinking and planning.

    I find it quite interesting that neither the businesses at the protest nor Ellis and Smith have the guts to publicly state what they want to do. That speaks volumes to their integrity and their (in)ability to safely navigate this health issue. I’m disappointed.

    Two council members refuse to tell
    What’s the plan? I hope it’s swell
    Businesses, too, they stay silent
    At least the protest wasn’t violent
    But unless the plan is good, to my business say farewell

  2. Brett A Wylie May 7, 2020 at 7:09 am #

    Mono County Health Department issued a county wide face mask requirement awhile back. It doesn’t seem much of a burden to comply. My wife “manufactured” us a pair or two, and we are wearing them and are trying to be careful around others when we are shopping in town. For those who feel whether to wear or not wear a mask is an individual choice, and who feel these types of government proclamations, either on social distancing, or shelter in place, is an overreaction, I would urge you to reconsider. This isn’t about only protecting yourself, a fact missed by those protesters carrying a sign, “it’s MY body”. This isn’t a personal choice on engaging in risky behavior that only effects an individual. This is or should be a community wide response to a community threat, its’ just a different kind of “fire”, a different emergency scenario, the effects of which will be determined by whether we pour fuel on the “fire” or “sand”. Again. Its not about protecting us as individuals so much. I think of every first responder, be it hospital, emt, law enforcement, essential business employees, who wants to return home safely to their families, after serving the community each day. Just the other day, I read a disturbing statistic out of L.A. County; of 29 fatalities from Covid-19, 11 of those deaths were medical/health care providers. I would hate to see even a fraction of that here. We live in what is roughly called a “rural medically underserved” community. Yes, anyone seriously affected will be flown out; but they will be so after initial assessment from local medical staff and transport personnel would be involved. This involves risk to everyone involved.
    Also, at the start of this pandemic, there were, and still are, many un and educated guesses being made by both political and scientific/medical officialdom. The exact nature of Covid 19 infection rate and its potential health risks were looked at thru the lenses of potentially worst case scenarios, exhibited (possibly) by what was going on in Italy and New York/New Jersey, and no one knew how this was going to exhibit as it spread thru California, Washington, Oregon, etc.. That view of the east coast was pretty sobering. Today, of the total cases in the U.S., New York citizenry account for aprox 1/3 of it. If this were to happen in Los Angeles…Well, we are not that isolated, with the 395 corridor flowing thru our communities. Furthermore, even if the % of fatal cases compared to the overall infection rate is not much more than the common flu (and we won’t know that until we have a significantly higher numbers of people tested), that doesn’t negate the 3rd factor in calculating the potential #’s of people who could die from this disease; how infectious this organism is compared to the common flu. Yes, we need to restart our economy, but we also need to keep a sharp eye on key stats regarding Covid 19 as we do so. We do not want to put ourselves in the same situation as the S.F. Bay area or Denver, CO did in the 1918 pandemic.
    The numbers are still climbing, and so far, I don’t see much evidence that warmer weather is going to have a positive effect against this disease. Some experts are predicting a multi year battle with this disease.

  3. Craig May 6, 2020 at 6:47 pm #

    The article states “many of the protesters were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing” and “It appeared that most of the protesters were small business owners and their supporters.” Mayor Smith and City Council Member Ellis were there, presumably not wearing masks either.

    So you have business owners, the Mayor, and a City Council member exhibiting willful disregard for public health and safety best practices and malicious ignorance of the science of the virus.

    I’ll remember that when Smith and Ellis are up for re-election. And I’m still curious which businesses were represented, so I can shop elsewhere, given that they’ve proven they don’t take even basic precautions against the virus.

    • Charles James May 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

      Craig, forgive the length of this reply.
      A few things: I have known Bishop Mayor Laura Smith and her husband, Greg, for many years. Frankly, I like and admire them both and consider them friends. They do a lot of things in the community to help those less fortunate. And, to the best of my recollection, they practiced physical distancing during the protest. I respect their right to be there, whether I agree with their politics or whom or what they support. They are good people.

      Council member Jim Ellis was not actively participating in the protest but rather stayed in the background. He and Cami were both wearing masks that she made. I take him at his word when he said that he was only there to support his friends and constituents that were business owners and wanted express their feelings on reopening their businesses. He never indicated strong support for or against reopening, only in listening to what the business owners had to say. If you know anything about him, he is cautious in making decisions on behalf of the public until he feels he knows what they are thinking. He expressed sympathy for both sides of the issue. My takeaway is that Jim is as conflicted on the issue as many of the rest of us. We all want a return to “normalcy.” That includes being able to walk into a store to buy the things we want and need. He and Cami are also very nice people.

      Some people at the protest practiced physical distancing and some did not. Some wore face coverings, and some did not. A few wore red hats associated with certain political views and a political figure; most did not. But, if so, so what? They were exercising their right to association and free speech. The first people I met at the protest were an elderly couple wearing red hats and they were lovely people. They, just like all the others I met at the protest, were genuinely nice and pleasant.

      I would ask that you and others reserve judgment to the extent you are willing to do before making any decisions on who or who not to vote for in the future. We are so polarized right that we forget the Golden Rule of treating others as we would have them treat us.

      People can surprise you.

      • Craig May 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm #

        I fully and completely support the right to assemble and the right to free speech. At least there were no “Let the weak die, open Bishop” signs. By being in attendance, two local political figures were de facto participating. I couldn’t find any indication in the Register, Wave, or on the City Council website from them explaining “I was at the reopen Bishop demonstration and my view is _____.” I’ve seen nothing from them saying “For now we all should follow best practices, which means wear a mask in public and practice social distancing.“ They haven’t posted here or clarified to the Wave their views. I want my leaders to lead and to have a clear and safe plan. In the case of the virus, I want the plan to be based on science and data. A few business owners and friends yelling “reopen Bishop” isn’t a safe plan. By sitting mutely in the background and not clarifying their views (that I’m aware of) the council members showed tacit support for blithely and unsafely reopening businesses here.

        I’m trying to support local businesses by ordering out food more than I normally would, by doing things like buying a gift certificate from my favorite outdoor shop, even ordering bottled cocktails to go when I can easily make a fine drink on my own. I want the Bishop business community to be successful.

        But reading about the protest and seeing the photos, it leads me to believe the businesses that participated are generally virus hoaxers who aren’t taking the pandemic seriously. Sure seems this protest was similar to the small “liberate” protests here and there around the country, but without the military weapons and tactical gear.

        You note that some wore masks, some didn’t, some distanced, some didn’t. That’s not modeling a safe reopening of local businesses. That’s modeling “I’ll do whatever the hell I want and screw everyone else. It’s just the flu, get over it.” I don’t want to support a business whose owners and/or workers believe that. I don’t trust them to keep a clean and healthy workplace for customers or workers. That’s why I was trying to figure out which businesses were represented.

        Indeed, people have surprised me, mostly by continuing to deny the severity of the virus situation and by modeling that belief in their daily behavior. I’m also continually surprised at how few people follow the one-way aisle signs in Von’s. How hard is it to do that? Yes, I’m both surprised and saddened.

        • Better Safe Than Stupid May 10, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

          I agree with many of the points Craig and Sad make. Yes, businesses need to reopen and yes protest for what you believe in or feel needs to change, but do it safely and respectfully.
          Corona virus is here, we cannot go back in time to “Make America Pre-Corona Again”. For those that claim it’s “not that deadly”, is it not “killing” businesses right now? Is it not killing ways of life? Family vacations? Birthday celebrations?

          One of the points I have not seen made yet is that so many of us are having to and learning to do without many of the things we took for granted. For those out of work, they can’t afford it, for others, it’s hard to find or it’s unavailable right now. We are being forced to make due with less. This will be a permanent lifestyle change for some people and disposable income is going to be so much less for many families. People are becoming accustomed to limiting their spending to basic necessities. I think business owners need to take this into consideration. The majority of people believe Corona virus is real and act accordingly. We expect the businesses we patronize to treat it as real too. Masks have been required at the grocery stores for a while now. Most people are wearing them. In both the microcosm and the macrocosm, those that survive are those that adapt to a changing environment. This applies to species, to communities, and to businesses. The business environment has changed, drastically and suddenly. Adaptation now requires extra levels of cleanliness and making sure customers and employees don’t contract the virus at your business. If you don’t act like it’s a real threat, well, there are a lot of businesses needing our dollars right now and I will support those that show they respect the health of their customers and community. This extends to their “supporters”. If I walk into a business and see that an employee is masked, but some of customers are being selfish and “exercising their rights against the masking tyranny” I’m outta there.

          Now on to the pictures – I want to know as well. I blew up the photos on my computer from Sierra Wave, Inyo Register and KIBS. I’ve also been trolling Facebook. The funny thing is, I can’t say with 100% accuracy that I recognize the ones that ARE wearing masks. Guess I’ll be visiting their businesses. However, once you expand the photos many without masks can be clearly recognized. I don’t feel its fair to call them out here. I’d like to give them a chance to do the right thing and take community health seriously. But theirs will not be the businesses I visit for a while. And if they don’t like it, they were the ones protesting on Main Street without masks for all to see.

  4. Sad May 5, 2020 at 11:16 am #

    Charlie can you post a survey of how and if Bishop businesses are protecting their employees and patrons? Let the public decide what is safe and what is not safe. If these businesses owners don’t want to protect customers and employees for whatever reason or belief then that is their right. Those who disagree with them can choose not to give them business.

    • Charles James May 5, 2020 at 11:45 am #

      Sierra Wave will be covering store re-openings and there would be no way to ignore it if personal safety protocols were not observed for employees and the public at any business that re-opens. Store and business owners are very aware of the need to protect employees and their customers, and they will do everything possible to safeguard anyone that comes into their business establishments. There is also the threat to business owners of potential lawsuits if they do not provide adequate protection measures. Those that don’t will become known very quickly through word-of-mouth, the local press, and on social media.

      Let’s give our local business owners some credit. They have always been here for us providing products and services that we want and need. They are valuable members of the community who also provide much-needed jobs and these jobs also support families. Local business owners support our children and the heart of our local communities, the schools. They are the backbone of our economy and pay taxes that provide vital services. And they provide support to community-wide events and causes.

      And when our local businesses are once again open, let’s celebrate that fact by giving thanks and supporting them with our patronage.

      • Wayne Deja May 5, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

        One business I hope to be re-opening soon,Julie’s Dog Grooming…a GREAT groomer.
        My Cocker Spaniel named “Chloeno”,her hair is getting so long,and Julie’s Grooming does a great job with a bath and a trim,ready for her summer-cut and a camping trip.
        And my Dog seems to love her too !!

        • Charles James May 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

          I agree. We (and a whole lot of people) love Julie’s. I did an article on her shop several years ago for the Inyo Register “Best of…” special insert, and everyone I talked to for the article had high praise for her work and her as a person.

  5. PATRIOT May 5, 2020 at 11:11 am #

    I found this on the internet. The Chinese were all given mandatory vaccines last fall. The vaccine contained replicating, DIGITIZED (controllable) RNA which were activated by 60Ghz mm 5G waves that were just turned on in Wuhan (as well as all other countries using 60Ghz 5g) with the “smart dust” that everyone on the globe has been inhaling through chemtrails. That’s why when they say someone is “cured” the “virus” can be “digitally” reactivated at any time and the person can literally drop dead. The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was SPECIFICALLY equipped with 60Ghz 5G. It’s basically remote assassination! Americans are currently breathing in this “smart” dust through chemtrails (smart dust) and 5G and your body becomes internally digitized and can be remotely controlled. A person’s organ functions can be stopped remotely if one is deemed non-compliant. Wuhan was a test run for ID2020. The elite call this 60Ghz mm 5G wave the “V” wave (Virus) to mock us. Trump has created a space force in part to combat this weaponized technology. Since assuming office on January 20, 2017, Trump has periodically exchanged messages with intelligent extraterrestrial life forms who, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have provided him with advice and guidance on a multitude of issues including an impending attack from another world. We need to vehemently REJECT the attempted “mandatory vaccine” issue because our lives depend on it! #AreYouAwakeYet ???

    • Jubie May 5, 2020 at 12:24 pm #

      Oh my. Please seek help from a mental professional. When you say “I found this on the internet”, you don’t cite your source. Conspiracy theories like this abound, but science-based facts prove otherwise. Spreading this poppycock is dangerous. Your sci-fi rantings make for a good movie though! Thanks for the chuckle.

    • David Dennison May 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

      I’m trying to envision that first meeting between a highly intelligent extraterrestrial being from another planet and galaxy and talking with trump,with Sarah Sanders standing by on the side.
      I wonder if gulianni and pence were also in attendance to this meeting..maybe mitch McConnell too…
      If so,there’s a really good chance that being from another planet hopped back into his UFO,put it in overdrive and sped home ASAP,laughing all the way back,never to return.

    • Name (required) May 5, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

      Bless my heart, that’s the best thing I’ve ever personally witnessed on the internet.

      We are in so much trouble.

    • braahaaahaaahaa! May 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

      Brhaaaahaaahaa! Oh my goodness patriot! Thanks for the laughs. So needed right now. Man you scored an 8 out of 10 with that one! If you could have found a way to link it to 9/11 being an inside job and how NASA pulled off the fake lunar landing I’d have given you a perfect 10!

      • David Dennison May 6, 2020 at 7:31 am #


        With “PATRIOT’s comment there,you almost think and want to believe it was just for attention-getting and/or laughs with his friends while writing it.
        But ya know what,I actually,and sadly think he’s serious,and how many “patriots” and Americans think nowdays. Maybe part of that “deep state” takeover so many of them talk and rant about,and how the Liberals and Democrats are hoping and working at shutting the Country and economy down,as well as hoping for as many lives to be lost as possible while doing it.
        Seems now that list includes extraterrestrials that have somehow been recruited to be part of their plan,to destroy and take over America,and possibly the world.
        Thank God trump has created a Space Force to combat this issue..MAGA-KAGA 2020.

    • Classic! May 6, 2020 at 10:07 am #

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA You didn’t mention the Deep State or the Cabal, so I know you’re full of it!

    • eric h. May 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

      I just ran across a news show that dealt with this drivel, including warning that washing your hands will infect you

  6. Gabby Belfort May 5, 2020 at 9:25 am #

    What has Bishop become? Most of your comments are sickening and so overtly inaccurate. I would not have time to correct the falsities. Bishop used to be beautiful-full of giving and helpful individuals that created a small isolated paradise. Not so much now. Ugliness and selfishness is now the norm. Congratulations Bishop – your residents are now among the raging keyboard warriors that feel they have the right to attack and persecute others that don’t have the same exact opinion as they do.

  7. Brett Wylie May 5, 2020 at 8:36 am #

    Everyone invoved in this debate should read the latest news on the highly contagious new mutant form of the Covid-19 virus. It’s not good news. The possibility of developing an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is looking less likely.

  8. Craig May 5, 2020 at 8:25 am #

    Masks aren’t helpful? Tell that to front line health care workers, who, thanks in large part to the Klorox King often don’t have enough PPE. I’m curious which business owners were protesting without masks or proper social distancing. I don’t want to patronize them because now I don’t trust their cleanliness.

    Joe Joyce was a Trumper who thought
    The libs, they’re so overwrought
    Then he went on a cruise
    He only watches Fox News
    In the end a coffin was bought

  9. Motaur May 5, 2020 at 7:51 am #

    When mags hats, are the first thing in the article, he’s not even hiding his liberal bias, here’s the facts, Pelosi is directing the liberal governor’s to keep the stay at home orders in place as long as possible, there are rewards promised to these governor’s if they take the house & senate, the goal of this is crash our economy, thus making Trump look bad for the up coming election. The left doesn’t care if your small business goes under, this is another Presidential coup in order for the left to regain power. Are you awake yet?

    • Inyo K May 5, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

      The protesters were wearing the MAGA hats out in public. But I’m sure you think reality has a liberal bias.

  10. Better Safe than Stupid May 4, 2020 at 8:59 pm #

    So some of these business owners couldn’t be bothered to protect those around them by wearing a mask at a protest, yet they want us to believe they are respectful enough and capable of reopening their business to the public in a clean and healthy way???!!!
    I will support those local businesses that show they take public health and hygiene seriously and openly take steps to protect their employees and customers. And avoid those that don’t. (Thanks for those photos by the way)
    It is so unfortunate that it will take a loved one being hospitalized or dying in order for some people to take Covid 19 seriously.

  11. Pedro May 4, 2020 at 8:35 pm #


    There’s no data supporting not wearing a mask either. It seems to work in other countries that didn’t shut down, but who knows? Personally, I don’t go back to a business where employees and patrons aren’t wearing masks. Feel free to open shop, I’ll vote with my money.

    So we have less deaths with lockdowns than we did with 1969 flu? Do you even know what you’re arguing for? I personally think we could be open for business, but your circular logic is beginning to convince me we may not be smart enough to risk it.

  12. Liberty May 4, 2020 at 7:35 pm #

    Several counties up north have opened their economies, there is no reason not to. The facts are there is a 99.9 to 99.7 percent if you are healthy this virus will not kill you. The liberal media hides this fact and most other facts. The lock-down orders never had the data to support them ever. Fearful leftist agitators and politicians crashed rural economies for something less than the annual flu. People need to resume their lives and business needs to re-open before it’s too late for them. Fear was the liberal force involved and it’s a farce.

    • eric h. May 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

      “Fearful leftist agitators and politicians crashed rural economies for something less than the annual flu” Please stop with the same old flu versus corona virus.
      The CDC estimated 35,000 deaths by the common flu over the last 6 months, in the last 7 DAYS 30,000 people died from the corona virus. I’m also curious about your vague “several counties up north have opened their economies” comment. Which ones are they and how close are they to major population centers.

      • erik simpson May 5, 2020 at 8:16 am #

        Modoc, Yuba and Sutter Counties have “reopened” with various precautions. Modoc is pretty rural. So are Yuba and Sutter, but they’re quite close to Sacramento.

        • eric h. May 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm #

          Of course I saw that right after I posted, I’ve got friends in Modoc and it is quite rural but it will be interesting how the other 2 do. As of yesterday Sutter and Yuba are gradually opening up

    • Stop non-essential travel May 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm #


  13. Craig May 4, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

    Freedom to infect isn’t in the Constitution, last I checked. Although it’s possible the covfefe clown has somehow added that without me noticing, he’s trickier than Dick was. We need widespread testing, contact tracing, and a reasonably flat curve before fully reopening. Until then, some limericks:

    MAGA zombies say don’t tread on me
    But the virus spreads easily, you see
    They shout and they spit
    I don’t want to get hit!
    Of course none have a medical degree

    The MAGot said please cut my hair
    I care not ‘bout the virus out there
    I’d rather just die
    For a perm and a dry
    It’s all just a liberal scare

    • Mono Person May 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

      Please tell that to Mayor Littlefoot in Chicago. Just got her hair done, while telling people not to visit your neighbor. But she needs to look nice…

      It is way too easy, to put us in our corners. #wearenotinthistogether…

  14. Bob May 4, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

    Did someone actually fat shame the protestors.

    • Charles James May 4, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

      Play nice, please. My “fat a$$” was there as well, covering the story.
      I knew a lot of the people there at the protest and frankly, I enjoyed seeing and being around them, and having the opportunity to talk to them. And no, not everyone there was overweight. And even if they were, so what? Fact is, most people in the country have a weight problem. Something else we all share besides this coronavirus.
      Everyone I spoke with were very nice and polite. They believed in what they were protesting about and the protest was done peacefully, with good humor, lots of enthusiasm, and congeniality. So, even when we disagree strongly on issues, let’s all of us try to be nice to each other.

  15. Charles O. Jones May 4, 2020 at 11:48 am #

    For those out there supporting our president, carrying Trump signs, wearing red hats, etc. Please review:


    And pay particular attention to the first guideline on the list.

  16. Philip Anaya May 4, 2020 at 11:16 am #

    The infectious nature of covid 19 of asymptomatic afflicted folks presents a major problem to normal social contact. The unanswered question of immunity once you have had covid and recovered is also a problem. There is no vaccine yet , no medications to cure it yet. The only tool to combat the virus are the social mitigation measures, distancing, staying at home, wearing a mask in public and more. The Eastern Sierra has done a significant job in keeping infections and deaths as low as possible and we have a lot of high risk folks. We need to continue the best practices as recommended by the public health experts. There is definitely an economic impact to everyone some more than others . The delayed Stimulus checks ,the delays in unemployment compensation and the difficulty with the SBA loan/Grant programs have had a terrible effect on too many. Maybe we are seeing at the protests, some of these desperate folks still waiting for the check in the mail. However for everyone’s sake, everyone’s safety and prospects for the future, these folks need to exercise their right to protest, wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. The excellent idea from the previous post of “offer some ideas about how they plan to reopen their business safely. Please, here’s a ready forum for ideas!” that’s a road back to normal. Back to normal is not going to happen without testing, contact tracing and support for folks in quarantine as an intermediate step to therapeutic meds and a vaccine. In the meanwhile we all have to do our part to keep safe, to keep other’s safe, keeping covid 19 infections to a minimum.

  17. Inyo Citizen May 4, 2020 at 10:42 am #

    Please name the City Council Members who (apparently) joined the protest. This is relevant information to evaluate whether or not they are fit for office. Arguments can be made for a yes or a no answer to that question, but common sense suggests that the numbers for one answer will far outweigh the other.

    • Charles James May 4, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      City of Bishop Mayor Laura Smith attended the protest along with her husband, Greg. Both strongly support “Reopen Bishop.” Council member Jim Ellis attended with his wife, Cami, although they both stayed well in the background. When asked about his presence at the protest, Ellis provided a nuanced answer, saying that he was there to provide “personal support to his constituents who are business people and want to reopen their businesses.” He declined to state whether he supports the idea of reopening businesses in Bishop at this time, although he shared that he has concerns over what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to the local economy, small business owners, and those who are out of work and their families. The three city council members that did not attend were Chris Costello, Stephen Muchovej and Karen Schwartz. We have not asked for their public position on “Reopen Bishop”…yet.

  18. quacque May 4, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    the crackpots are out in force

  19. name May 4, 2020 at 9:57 am #

    How about instead of waving a flag and yelling MAGA, they offer some ideas about how they plan to reopen their business safely. Please, here’s a ready forum for ideas!

  20. Liberty May 4, 2020 at 9:38 am #

    There is no order to “Wear a mask” yet state-wide and if there was not many would do it as there is no data to support it, especially outdoors, maybe there was an intent to order it during this fake liberal planned-demic by Lord Pompador as he ordered a billion dollars of them from China and he’s being sued over it as he is for trying to pay illegals “Unemployment.” Many rural counties are not enforcing any unconstitutional orders from the state or from other leftist local health officers exceeding their authority. The numbers of fatalities from this virus are now in dispute by half at the CDC and they are not even at the level of the 1968-69 Hong Kong Flu where there were no lock-downs, travel bans are other leftist ideas like “Social Distancing” and economy crushing moves by liberal state Governors, the difference then was a lack of panic orders by crazed leftist politicians who are doing it for reasons that have to do with the fall election and for tv time for 2024.

    • David Dennison May 4, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

      In many (most ) cases,it’s the “illegals” putting food on your table right now,this very minute,both working the fields AND those holding the jobs at the fast food restaurants,as well as the restaurants that offer take-out,stocking the shelves at the stores,etc.
      And really,no different than it was before this “Liberal fake hoax ” pandemic hit our Country that you and yours continue to deny.
      Now if some of those “illegals”,putting food on your table before the virus hit and got out of control like it did,thanks to the slow response and denial from you know who back in February,happened to get laid off and lost their jobs,damn tooting they should be entitled to unemployment benefits,”legal paper” in their hand or not,losing the jobs you and your talking-type would never do and feel your way above ever doing.
      The masks ordered from foreign countries,true statement there.Many(blue) States and Governors had to do it,for the simple fact they couldn’t get that mass production from anywhere here in the U.S. of A.
      Not for the doctors, nurses,hospital workers,first responders,etc.,not with a Federal Government sitting on what they did have,doling them out like candy to a good child only if the States and Governors were to obey and doing what they were “told” to do and being more or less ignored if they didn’t.

      • Liberty May 4, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

        Mr. Dennison, when my family first came to this area, Owens Valley from the the ranches we sold in Indiana we had a tough time in the Great Depression and dealing with the LADWP was even worse. We ran cattle and sheep all through the country and bought the land we needed and never hired an illegal to do any work and lived as well as we could. We saw the Depression come and go and then the war and all that brought and took to survive it and the after-math of it all. Now I hear you talk about all the illegals are doing for this country and we reject it. We are still ranching and still eating and still don’t use or need illegal labor and live well without it. Most people around here do. There is no work we can’t do here in this country, just like we don’t need Chinese products and need to bring back our manufacturing. First we have to re-open the economy and get past this liberal virus scare and save our counties from certain economic disaster, that much is sure, as is Illegals always go home over the border when there is trouble here in this country.

        • Philip Anaya May 5, 2020 at 7:36 am #

          With respect Liberty , we are going to need everyone who is here to be plugged into the economy to recover from covid19 and the collapse of our economy. We are going to need everyone to be healthy and economically viable. The gift, the struggles and sacrifice that our parents, grandparents were able to do, to build the future that we are lucky now to have, is sustaining us now despite the sins of prejudice and a bind eye to the needs of each other. While our folks were doing for you, my folks doing for me most of the folks were and are doing for each other . That’s how we got past the Great Depression, WWII, hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes and more. If we eat in America today believe or not, everyone here is paying the field worker, the grocery or fast food clerk, the food processors no matter their legal status on the production line, They are now exposed to covid getting it ,spreading it and sadly some dying from it. We pay their wage with every pound of beef, wheat, rice, pork and beans processed. Be safe Liberty and keep others safe. Wear a smile, have a good greeting, best wishes for everyone you see, wash your hands and wear a mask in public and lets with everyone diminish covid 19 to a difficult memory as soon as humanly possible. All of our futures are at stake

        • dpblue May 5, 2020 at 10:56 am #

          Liberty unless your ranch is 100% self sustaining you are relying on those “illegals” you claim to not need.

    • MJB May 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

      Hi Liberty, I think for now, a face mask is just good manners. It shows you have respect for your fellow man. I know that people can carry the virus and not even know it. They might have low or no real symptoms… For myself, If I knew or thought I got someone sick because I wasn’t taking precautions it’d make me heart-sick. So I wash my hands. A lot. And I wear a mask when I’m around other people or know I’m going somewhere like the store. And I carry a mask in my back pocket. For me it’s the right thing to do.

      • Charles O. Jones May 6, 2020 at 11:36 am #

        Couldn’t agree more MJB. I’ll gladly do the same for you.
        Thank you.

  21. Indygal May 4, 2020 at 9:18 am #

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease. I am certain that most of us care enough about our communities to not politicize human tragedy. 40 people in a community of thousands does not a majority make.

  22. sherry kriescher May 4, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    complaining about being unfair, really. Welcome to America, where Natives got their language and religion taken By force, Africians were slaves losing their identiy to owners and illegals are treated better than Veterans. Fair lol…since when has America been fair. Natives protest and people rush with guns and dogs to stop them, Blacks protest and people call police cause the blacks are rioting. What was the minority protesting…not Natives or Africans and was pepper spray or attack dogs used to break up this protest, No…. Funny how when tables are turned these people cry Unfair.

  23. Alysson Wonderland May 4, 2020 at 8:28 am #

    Good reporting!

  24. Rose May 4, 2020 at 8:21 am #

    Can’t say I’m surprised that the same people protesting and not wearing masks are the same people wearing MAGA hats and yelling about socialism. These are the same people You see not wearing masks at the grocery store and not respecting the 6 foot distance. Unfortunately their reckless behavior might not kill them, but has the potential to make other people sick. They have they heads so far up their own arse they can’t see that. Or, the more likely, explanation, they simply don’t care about anyone but themselves. Selfish and ignorant people.

    If I would’ve driven by on Friday they would’ve gotten a thumbs down from me.

  25. Charles O. Jones May 4, 2020 at 8:18 am #

    Thousands of people throughout our state have taken to the streets in protest, and they’ve received a lot of media attention in doing so.

    Yet tens of millions in our state are not protesting in the streets. They’re doing their best to follow the guidelines set forth by our federal, state and local public health experts.

    Perspective matters. And while everyone is entitled to their opinions, public policies shouldn’t be guided by the fringe.

    • Chris Winslow May 4, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

      Its obvious that the writer of the article as well as the people “fat shaming” and calling the protesters demeaning names are sitting with their white privilege in their comfortable homes, teleworking, and taking absolutely no hit to their income or livelihood.
      This notion that ‘who would you sacrifice to covid 19, to continue to open your business’ (sic) is a logical fallacy.
      If you want to sit home and enjoy your white privilege telework job, please do and the let rest of us continue with our lives. In fact, please move away from Bishop altogether, afterall you’re probably better suited for a city like San Francisco.

      • Charles O. Jones May 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

        I have no idea why your comment is responding to mine, or why you think you should decide who should live where. But for what it’s worth, there are currently three people in my household, none of which are working due to covid. Additionally, we lost an extended family member to this virus about three weeks ago. Please save misguided assumptions for someone else.

  26. Pete May 4, 2020 at 8:14 am #

    Interesting to note in the three photos included in the article that every protester was older and overweight/obese, precisely the demographic that does not do well with this disease. Hard to run your successful small business when you are dead.

  27. Mono Person May 4, 2020 at 7:27 am #

    My small business is slowly dying, as the government takes huge payroll taxes, property taxes, TOT. Taxation without representation. And no, I have not received the payment from the government, and would I take it? Yes, I have to pay bills. As I said, from the first comment on this ordeal – it is not black and white, it is not money vs. death. There is a huge grey area. We back BIshop!!!

  28. Dennis R. Snyder May 4, 2020 at 7:10 am #

    “Reopen Bishop” was obviously written by a “LEFTY” who has his own spin on the world. Why can’t reporters report WITHOUT putting their own biased opinions into the article! Please young mat do u think we readers are stupid?
    Dennis R. Snyder (Independent)


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