We CAN Have Impact Locally

Act Locally.

It can seem overwhelming when one contemplates seeking a change in public policy at the federal or state level. I give regular input to my federal and state representatives, but I don’t expect to see an immediate impact.

I did have an immediate impact (IMHO) at the local level earlier this month.

A Success Story.

I read a new story that Idaho’s Central District (Public) Health organization, which includes Boise, was planning to order gym owners to close the stores they had only recently been permitted to reopen.

I did a web search and found their website. I wrote the following message in the “Contact Us” section of their site:

Subject: Please don’t order closure of Ada County Gyms

Dear CDH:

I understand you are considering ordering Ada County gyms to be closed again.  I urge you NOT to take such a drastic step that will surely harm the economic and mental health of the gym owners, employees, customers and their families.

I am not a gym member, owner, employee, or family member.

I am a business lawyer who has spoken with numerous small business owners.  They are truly suffering.

Please don’t look only at the coronavirus case numbers.  The shut-downs have real harm, too.

Thank you.


I was not part of an organized lobbying effort, but it turns out I was far from alone.


The Central District decided not to order the re-closure. In a public statement, the District said

They received messages from more than a thousand people who wrote in opposition.

They were going to make the closure decision just based on the increased number of COVID cases.  Perhaps the numbers came to life when citizens added their voices to the analysis.


Don’t give in to the despair that is all around us.  Look for opportunities to take action.

Thank you!

Michael Oswald



Please note: the above post contains educational information. It is not intended as legal advice. Engage an attorney who is licensed in your state to get advice on dealing with any specific legal issue.

© 2020 Michael S. Oswald

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s