Everyone should follow the advice of experts

None of us has ever been here before. Previous epidemics, with the possible exception of the AIDS epidemic, don’t compare to this one. Nobody can expect a mayor, or a governor, or a president to make all the right calls when confronted with a crisis like this, but we can expect them to follow the advice of those who know what to do.

Nobody faults people wanting to get back to work for obvious reasons. It’s pretty hard to feed a family or pay bills without an income, so yes, the focus should be on putting people back to work safely. But there is no excuse, other than seeking political advantage, for trying to make an elected official look bad in handling a health crisis unless that elected official ignores the advice of medical experts who do know what needs to be done.

Strutting around with an assault rifle, waving the flag, claiming to be a patriot is political, plain and simple. Your constitutional right’ don’t give you the right to infect others with what could be a fatal disease or to decide that duly elected officials are taking your rights away when they follow the advice of those experts. You can whine about it and you can vote; that is your right, but being asked or told to help save lives by wearing a mask is not a violation of your constitutional rights.

And if you think that this crisis is bad now, maybe, just maybe, you’ll take a minute to think about it happening all over again if we don’t make the right choices now just because we don’t like those that think different politically.

Don Curtis

Stanwood

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