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Who has fallen prey to politics?

Who has fallen prey to politics?

To the Editor:

While I welcome the mandatory masking decision the Haywood County School Board made during its Aug. 21 emergency meeting, I’m not ready to pat them on the back and say “atta boy.” It’s shameful that it took over 100 students being quarantined after just two days of school for them to reverse their optional mask decision.

Many people are trying to understand how they made their initial decision to allow optional masking. Their first attempt was during a special meeting in June, but attorney Pat Smathers counseled them that action would defy state law. So, they waited for the law to expire. 

I attended the July 27 meeting when Dr. Mark Jaben and Sarah Henderson clearly outlined the risks of optional masking. They said:

• The Delta variant is highly contagious — more than twice as contagious as previous variants. 

• The chances of kids carrying infection into their school are much higher than them carrying infection from school to home. 

• With optional masking, 1,000 would be quarantined within the first month. 

These points should have been sufficient justification for mandatory masking. Instead, the board chose a misguided wait-and-see approach.

By law, the board is a nonpartisan entity, so party politics should not guide their decisions, but take the following information into consideration:

Before the vote on July 27, Chairman Chuck Francis said he believes “scientific communities have fallen prey to politics.” It’s just the opposite! Due to the politicization of the virus by the GOP and the FOX network, science has been distorted and health professionals have been demonized. 

By changing his party affiliation to Republican, then appearing on the overtly partisan Fox network with board member Bobby Rogers following the July 27 board meeting, Chairman Francis has cast himself in a highly partisan mindset. Public polling validates the partisan nature of both the network and its right-wing audience. 

Finally, it’s noteworthy that board members Larry Henson and David Burnette voted against the masking plan adopted during the Aug. 21 emergency board meeting. The majority of the anti-mask speakers at the July 27 meeting reside in their districts.    

Ask yourself, who do you think has fallen prey? 

Myrna Campbell

Haywood County

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  • Question one: what happened to the flu?

    Question two: if a 2inch thick comforter can’t contain nor stop a fart, how is a mask going to protect you from something that is microns in size?

    Question three: if the shot, which released the people from masks in the first round actually worked as if they say It does, why are they forcing you to get it? Why shouldn’t it be voluntary?

    Fourth and final question: if this “virus” was truly as contagious as the “experts” claim, why doesn’t every single person, all 7.8 billion of us on the entire planet have it?

    posted by Joe

    Wednesday, 09/01/2021

  • You are seriously misinformed to have such a opinion, as is anyone who follows MSM for information. There is no test that isolates CV-19 or any variants. Its is a scientific fact that the virus has never been isolated. A positive test means absolutely nothing. Torturing our children due to irrational fear is whats happening here. The masks manufactures state they they do not protect against st CV-19.

    posted by Craig Moriarty

    Monday, 08/30/2021

  • Harold- Here's The truth about Afghanistan from a true conservative at the American Enterprise Institute:

    posted by steve wall

    Monday, 08/30/2021

  • Go hide in your basements you filthy liberal idiots who watch CNN and MSNBC. How do you like your hero Biden these days? Sorry, there are no refunds for voting for Biden. How about voicing and directing some ire towards Communist China, the source of all the Covid plagues? I am really tired and disgusted by your B.S.

    posted by Harold

    Monday, 08/30/2021

  • Several of them had the Covid when the meeting took place and they didn’t care if they spread it, yes its all about politics. Sad people on the board!The Republicans are the death party!

    posted by Shelia mathis

    Sunday, 08/29/2021

  • Thank you! Is the Republican party turned into a death cult? Otherwise, I can't imagine while they would be willing to allow their children to get sick and die.

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Sunday, 08/29/2021

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