Ronald W. Beebe | May 12, 2020
To the editor:
The news has been full of reports about Rep. Annette Glenn’s tireless leadership in coordinating state and local response to the corona virus threat.
I want to publicly thank her for calling to encourage me to re-task Euclid Industries associates to produce personal protection equipment for courageous healthcare professionals who put their health at risk just by going to work.
Euclid joined forces with Duro-Last Inc. of Saginaw to manufacture gowns and masks for those working the front lines. So far, over 50,000 gowns and 15,000 masks have been delivered to hospitals and emergency service providers in the Midwest. This not-for-profit project is an honor to a part of and has also kept our associates working.
I admire Glenn for pressing the governor for information to allow legislators to help remove any politically-motivated roadblock to Michigan getting contracted PPE shipments from medical suppliers. Annette’s initiative led the governor to acknowledge there weren’t really any vendors who’d been “told not to send stuff here to Michigan,” as the governor initially claimed.
I even more greatly admire Rep. Glenn, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee that sets budgets for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, for successfully pressing the governor and LARA bureaucrats to withdraw their memo threatening the licenses of doctors and pharmacists who prescribe or fill prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to treat corona virus patients.
At constituents’ request, Annette followed up by personally calling area physicians — who’d previously refused to prescribe HCQ because of LARA’s threat memo — to ensure doctors know they’re free to treat their patients as their medical judgment directs, free of threats from the state. Rep. Glenn also personally called the doctor who’d refused the HCQ drug to a Democratic legislator from Detroit, who after getting it credited the drug with saving her life.
As Dr. Pfenninger wrote recently, it’s not exaggerating to say that Rep. Annette Glenn’s leadership during this public health challenge “may have indeed saved many lives.”