Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s recent commentary read like a page straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Specifically: Take a bad situation, make it worse, claim he made things better, then accuse anyone criticizing his actions of politically motivated character assassination.
Every American is guaranteed the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. COVID-19 is threat to all three. Requiring the citizenry to wear a face mask in public venues to prevent the spread of a deadly contagious airborne virus during a pandemic seems a minimal intrusion on personal freedom. It is a temporary request, and compared to other mandates like being forcibly evacuated from your home, prevented from returning and having curfews imposed during natural disasters, is quite minimal.
Furthermore, people comply with clothing mandates their entire lives without question. I say focus on the big picture. Protect people’s lives, reduce the strain on a stressed health care system and encourage the public to do their part in attempting to slow and possibly end the spread of this virus. Combined individual efforts can substantially contribute to the health and well-being of the community. Protecting the right to life should be the state’s priority and every citizen’s personal duty.
— Douglas Hope
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