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By Dale Anderson
Columnist 

Time for common sense

 

Last updated 2/25/2022 at 11:30am



I’m not sure if you saw the news this past week that showed some very young elementary school students in Nevada. These youngsters were told by their teacher that starting the very next day they would no longer have to wear masks in class. The kids started screaming with excitement and jumping up and down as if they were told that they would get to have a five hour recess and only two hours of education for the rest of their lives.

There have been a lot of states that have lifted the mask wearing mandates. True to form the governor of this state has set a date of somewhere around March 21 as the day the masks can come off. Is that the first day of Spring? What magical date that is because we will no longer be in fear of the latest variant of Covid-19. But there is also a good chance that the next variant will occupy the air waves and he can say, “Not so fast, we have another C-19 issue to deal with so let’s not take any chances. Keep the masks on!”

This masking of America is a cruel joke as far as I’m concerned. Have you looked at the masks being worn? Some are really dirty, while others are similar to a screen door so that the person can breathe better. I don’t believe that the majority of the people out there are wearing N95 masks or whatever the preferred mask is right now. Yet the numbers keep coming down and the variants aren’t as deadly as the first two blasts. I do remember that the ‘experts’ told us there would be more variants of the virus and that each one would be less severe. Yes I was listening.

I think that people who are so enraged about high CO2 amounts in the atmosphere aren’t as concerned with the amount of CO2 that gets breathed in after getting trapped in the mask. As I remember we breathe in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Plants take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen. It is a great recycling program but I’m not sure how these masks play a positive role in the education of students. Kids are going to school wearing a mask high up on their noses so that you have no idea what they look like and it is certainly hard to hear what they are saying especially the real quiet ones. I think we need to be more like Nevada and other states and unmask our youth.

The state basketball tournaments are coming up the first week in March and the governor did state that people attending events at large venues did not have to show their vaccine status as of March 1. I wondered if that was going to be a problem for the unvaccinated fans or those people that lost that document. Either way I’m sure there will be a lot of people that won’t attend for fear that the person in front of them at the restroom sink was infected.

I can tell you that I have been near people that have tested positive for C-19 a day or two after our encounter in a hallway or room and all of my tests have come back negative and for a man of my age I see that as a good thing.

I was at the Northeast 2B basketball tournament last Saturday and I was visiting with a couple from Colfax. During halftime of one of the games I asked, “Do you remember what you were doing last year?” They looked at me a little befuddled and I said, “Well you weren’t watching a basketball game unless it was on TV!” Then it occurred to them that yes last year bad this year good.

My personal opinion is that we really shouldn’t rely on politicians with law degrees to be telling us about how to deal with this virus. If the politician has a medical degree then at least he has some experience dealing with human health concerns. Too many people have gotten rich off of this disease while too many others have died or have long lasting effects of C-19.

It’s time for some common sense from front line medical folks instead of elected officials that don’t want to lose control of our lives.

 

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