Dan

In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech that has resonated for 58 years. To me the most powerful part of that speech was the conclusion when King said, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are Free at last.”

That is exactly how I felt when Governor Gregg Abbott dropped the mask mandate. Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I am free at last.

I never liked the mask mandate in the first place and still don’t. If you do and prefer to continue to wear one that’s your choice and that’s Ok with me. We had better practice our freedoms while we still have them.

I thought wearing the mask was stupid and ineffective from a logical standpoint. Let me explain.

You go inside a restaurant and you must wear a mask. You are seated and allowed to take your mask off then you can order and eat. The whole time you are sitting at the table visiting with those in your party talking and breathing all less than six foot apart. Then those around you are doing the same all with no mask on.

You might say but they have Plexiglas between the tables and booths. That’s true but there are open spaces around and above the Plexiglas. So what stops the virus from going over or around the Plexiglas? A partial piece of Plexiglas is not going to stop it.

When you finish your meal you must put your mask back on and walk out of the restaurant. Please tell me where is the logic in this?

Let’s scrutinize the mask a little further. Most people I see wear either the blue or white masks. Those are also the ones that some stores and restaurants would hand out when you entered their business. Depending on how you wear it. Have you ever noticed that there is usually a gap around the sides, top or bottom of the mask? That means the air you are exhaling is escaping to those around you and the air they are exhaling you are breathing in.

Apparently those who decided to wear a bandanna or homemade cloth mask didn’t do their research to find out that those were not very effective either. The CDC recommended that if you wear a cloth mask it should contain multiple layers. So why all the hoopla about wearing a face covering when many of them are ineffective? That’s an easy question to answer we were made to wear them by our government.

If you can’t tell by now I hated the mask and still do. With it on it was difficult for me to breathe and made my glasses fog up which made it difficult to see as well. For those places that I had to wear it I did so in order to be a good citizen but would take it off as soon as I went outside or was at home or work. The last time I checked I’m COVID free and I’m around a lot of people and have not gotten it again.

Apparently Texas and Florida and few other states agree with me and that’s why they dropped the mask mandate. Isn’t it interesting how that those states that dropped their mask mandates are having a drastic drop in COVID cases. It’s also very interesting how that so many people’s attitude has changed for the better since they no longer have to wear a mask.

I was in Galveston last weekend and was surprised that even though the mask mandate has been lifted in Texas businesses and restaurants in Galveston still had signs posted stating the mask mandate was still in effect. How ridiculous! Even more ridiculous were joggers out jogging between rain and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour and you guessed it they were wearing a mask with no one near them. If COVID was in the air those gusty winds would have probably blown it right past them.

I have heard however that Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden are considering changing the latest guidelines of the CDC that lifted the mask mandate and wants to keep it in place. As I said earlier the government wants to control our lives. If they want to wear a mask then do it but leave us Americans alone.

Well at least for now I’m free at last, free at last, Thank God almighty I’m free at last.

Dan Moore is editor and publisher of The Henderson News. His e-mail address is <publisher@thehendersonnews.com>.©2021, Henderson Newspapers Inc.

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