• If you contract with the COVID-19 virus, you will survive

    If you contract with the COVID-19 virus, you will survive

    The state kicked our two college-age sons online and shut down their part-time jobs back in March when COVID-19 struck, so sons I’ll call Daniel and James came home to quarantine. The shutdown was not a bad deal for them. They received food and stimulus money, both courtesy of their taxpaying parents. In addition to …
  • No Joe Biden, Governors Shouldn’t Require Everyone to Wear a Face Mask

    No Joe Biden, Governors Shouldn’t Require Everyone to Wear a Face Mask

    Last week, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called on state governors to order residents to wear masks in order to reduce transmission of the SARS‐​CoV‐​2 virus. According to UPI: “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum,” Biden said. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing.” …
  • Mask orders aren’t just about public health: Who gets to plan our lives, individuals or the collective?

    Mask orders aren’t just about public health: Who gets to plan our lives, individuals or the collective?

    As of early August, 34 US states mandate the use of masks in public to limit the spread of COVID-19. The efficacy of face masks has been a subject of debate in the health community during the pandemic. Because health experts disagree on their effectiveness, countries and health agencies around the world, including the World …
  • Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science

    Health Officials Justify Mask Mandates For Political Reasons, Not Science

    If public officials use their power and resources to forward an agenda rather than champion individual rights and liberties, our American Republic is lost. As the mayor of a small town in the Midwest with a population of less than 5,000 residents, I’ve been invited to attend numerous teleconferenced COVID-19 updates throughout the pandemic provided …
  • Against COVID-19 Restrictions: Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just 'freedom'

    Against COVID-19 Restrictions: Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just 'freedom'

    People who resist COVID-19 restrictions are often accused of being selfish and caring only about their own freedom. While that might explain the actions of some, moral arguments can be made against many of the restrictions. Although simple appeals to “freedom” are indeed less popular today than in the past, we should not disregard them. …
  • One of the COVID-19 pandemic's legacies may be an overwhelming public fatigue with being told what to do

    One of the COVID-19 pandemic's legacies may be an overwhelming public fatigue with being told what to do

    Governments overplayed their hands with mandates that they are losing the ability to enforce. On June 19, the mayor of Cottonwood, Arizona, unilaterally ordered city residents to wear face masks in public places. A week later, my family went downtown to grab some lunch at a favorite barbecue joint. The proclamation might as well have …
  • General Jerome Adams: U.S. economy will not fully reopen unless all Americans wear face masks

    General Jerome Adams: U.S. economy will not fully reopen unless all Americans wear face masks

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams has changed his story yet again in the latest attempt to impose the mandatory use of face masks. On Tuesday, he said the U.S. economy will not fully reopen unless all Americans wear face masks in public. Back in March, the surgeon general urged people not to buy face masks and …
  • Democrats call for nationwide mask mandate

    Democrats call for nationwide mask mandate

    Democrats have called on the White House to take a stricter stance in the fight against the novel coronavirus. They are now demanding a nationwide mandate on masks. As the pandemic disrupted normalcy across the globe, the national health crisis within the U.S. turned into a political issue. On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated …
  • Gen. Mattis Urges People To Wear Face Masks

    Gen. Mattis Urges People To Wear Face Masks

    Former Defense Secretary General James Mattis has encouraged citizens in his hometown to continue wearing face masks amid the pandemic. In a new public service announcement video, he urged those in Richland, Washington to continue taking precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus. During the video, he pulled down his bandana and addressed his …
  • New Study Casts More Doubt on Effectiveness of Masks in Preventing COVID-19 Spread

    New Study Casts More Doubt on Effectiveness of Masks in Preventing COVID-19 Spread

    While disappointing, the results are not particularly surprising. Millions of people are turning to masks in an effort to protect themselves from COVID-19, but new evidence suggests those efforts could be for naught. Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last month found that both surgical and cloth masks proved ineffective in preventing the …