LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to open the state 100% and nix the mask mandate has drawn harsh criticism from all over the country.
Some calling it premature, misguided, and even irresponsible.
I disagree. Not because I am necessarily anti-masks or anti social distancing. I think what the governor did was simply give the power back to the people.
This country was founded by people oppressed by their government and fed up with politicians controlling their lives and livelihoods.
Mandating masks and dictating how businesses, small and large, will operate simply goes against what this country is all about.
My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones as I too have lost family members to the pandemic. And I’m not saying masks haven’t helped saved lives. I’m simply saying it should be a personal choice. Let establishment owners put a sign on the door that says one of two things: masks are mandatory to enter or enter at your own risk because masks are not required. We do not need politicians forcing decisions that smart businessmen and women are perfectly capable of making for themselves. Let consumer confidence take precedent over these sweeping, one size fits all, mandates that destroy business and demolish civil liberty. The people most vulnerable are smart enough to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
Local decisions are best made locally. And, in this case, not by government officials. So, I applaud the governor’s decision to remove orders that should never have been given in the first place.
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‘Consider This’ is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.