Don’t make it political, please wear a mask  | Letter to the editor

Posted 11/27/20

Jefferson County, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.

There is a requirement to wear a mask when out in public. There are people who cannot wear a mask for …

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Don’t make it political, please wear a mask  | Letter to the editor

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Jefferson County, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.

There is a requirement to wear a mask when out in public. There are people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and there are people who are claiming a medical reason who really don’t have one but are hiding behind that for political reasons. I have heard people claim that it is a violation of their rights, that it is not a law and that the governor is abusing his position.

For the “violation of rights” argument I would suggest that a mask is an article of clothing and as such, since it is illegal to wander around nude in public places, there is no difference in requiring a mask than in requiring any other article of clothing.

For the “abuse of power,” because it is not a law I would suggest that people really understand how laws are made and enforced. In addition, we have executive actions. Executive actions are either powers given to the executive by the legislative body or emergency proclamations that are authorized by the Constitution of that body. In our case the legislative branch in the Revised Code of Washington has authorized the executive (governor) to declare a state of emergency under certain conditions and requires the public health officer to “Control and prevent the spread of any dangerous, contagious or infectious diseases that may occur within his or her jurisdiction.” The wearing of masks therefore is a legal action under the laws established by state Legislature.

So please be honest and follow the laws. 

Please help prevent the continued spread of this disease. Don’t let your political view end up harming or killing a neighbor.

David Johnson
PORT TOWNSEND

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Justin Hale

"there is no difference in requiring a mask than in requiring any other article of clothing."..... Right! sort of like the Muslim countries that force their women to wear a covering from head to toes.

I wear a mask when I go into a store, when I am outside and safely distancing I will not wear a mask. Today my neighbor and I will take a walk on one of our favorite trails we will not be masked, if you see us just walk on by at a safe distance.

Friday, November 27, 2020
Marge Samuelson

What a stupid argument comparing a pandemic with a religious culture. You don't have to worry Justin, without a mask most sane people would avoid you like the plague.

Friday, November 27, 2020
John Conley

Marge, I could not agree more. Common decency, common courtesy: this is what wearing a mask means. If I encounter unmasked folks on the trail, it means that I need to step off it in order to let them pass safely. Who's "freedom" is being impinged upon then? Not the unmasked.

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Justin Hale

Nonsense John, I step aside as much as needed for others to pass, unless it's the Kalalau trail. On the trails I walk I pass people often, we take the side of the trail, say good day, and move on, no problem. If you choose to step off the trail or pass on by you are free to, don't give me this nonsense about your freedom being infringed upon. By the way aren't you the one being protected by your mask? Are you not aware that you can also get the virus through your eyes? Maybe you should wear a face shield also when you go out......

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Marge samuelson

Once again Just In Hale takes a complicated subject and simplifies it so people will think, Oh no, I better cover up my eyes. You can get virus's from just about any human contact including kissing, sexual intercourse, sneezing, coughing, touching. Thus we have the mask and the six foot distancing. The virus has to be present in the droplets that come in contact with your eyes, or whatever other entryway is available.

Take a mask along, if you see another person walking on the trail, pull it up, distance and wave hello. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! [proverb: "it's easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened."]

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Herbert T Birdfoot

If this is such a "deadly pandemic" how come they allowed these protests with crowds of thousands? That's "totally safe" but building your health at the gym will kill all your neighbors? Costco open the whole time, yet it is you will see 100 social distancing violations in less than a minute? If you argue FOR that you are just lying to yourself.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Herbert T Birdfoot

https://youtu.be/S6mSpIeBS18?t=84

Wednesday, December 9, 2020