Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic response took a hit Monday when Federal District Court Judge William Stickman ruled it unconstitutional, finding that it infringed on the right to free assembly, among others. In his decision, it’s apparent that Stickman’s views of the dangers of COVID-19 are mostly simpatico with the guy who appointed him, i.e. it’s not that big a deal (though he does encourage folks to mask up).
To be fair, Wolf’s stair-stepped approach to controlling the virus’ spread has been ad-hoc and inequitable at times, and it is understandable that small business owners are stressed out because of the limitations. But since nothing like this has happened in our lifetimes, flying by the seat of one’s pants is to be expected. Regardless, Wolf doesn’t plan on going quietly into that good night.