Comments from March 25 and beyond | Letters | Salt lake city
Private column “Herd Mentality” of March 25
All over the world people are fighting over the vaccine and, here we are, so privileged, and not realizing how lucky we are to have access to it. All haters are always like “No, this is a conspiracy.” Meanwhile, France, Germany and others are teeming with more deadly and contagious variants, scrambling for AstraZeneca, and locking in again.
But why are Cox and the legislature lifting the mask mandate too soon? It wouldn’t be because of the business dealings involving lawmakers, right?
thanks for your support
This past year has been a year like no other. I have seen with horror friends and loved ones infected with COVID-19, and some have died. I saw my bookstore sales plummet and struggled to continue and keep our six employees. Fortunately, no one working in the bookstore caught the virus and we did whatever it took to survive.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has provided low interest loans to Salt Lake City businesses to help us with our needs. Thank you, mayor. The much-maligned US government has stepped in and provided P3 loans and other aid to citizens and businesses, and they continue to do so.
On July 24, 2020, we launched a Save Ken Sanders Rare Books GoFundMe campaign. I am happy and grateful to report that in eight months, over 2,400 book lovers and bookstore friends have donated nearly $ 140,000 of our goal of $ 250,000!
But we are not out of the woods yet and our future is still difficult. From the front door of my bookstore, I can count five cranes to build (or destroy) the surrounding properties everywhere I look. Immediately in our north, a 10 story top and three story bottom structure is under construction, and across the street plans are to build a 31 story monstrosity that will completely seal our view of the mountains. Wasatch.
The bookstore, The Green Ant next door, and all businesses from Broadway west to Edison Street will be demolished over the next 12-24 months. Ultimately, moving over 100,000 books, remodeling and repairing a new bookstore won’t be easy or cheap.
The support of my community and this GoFundMe made me want to reinvent myself and my store once again. At 69, it’s not as easy as it used to be.
But we are ready for it and we need your continued support. Please help spread our GoFundMe campaign to your family, friends, and people you may know who may be considering donating. This will help an independent bookstore in downtown Salt Lake City stay in the heart of the city where I started my book journey about 50 years ago.
I would be grateful for your continued support and good wishes.
Ken Sanders Rare Books