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Community View | Constitution supports masks

The controversy over wearing masks is bordering on the absurd. This divide needs to be resolved quickly. The Declaration of Independence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Founders have placed LIFE before Liberty.

The Constitution reads: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Promote the GENERAL welfare.” Again, the Founders were truly wise.

Literal interpretation of these documents leads to the conclusion that masks should be worn. As I fall into the at-risk category I would appreciate everybody following the guidelines. Those that are tasked with making these decisions should not be abused if you do not agree with the decision. I am sure that they did not make these decisions lightly and had the best interests of the community at heart. One Mayor, a combat veteran with a Silver Star, was called a coward. I don’t think so. Those working and having to enforce these guidelines should not be chastised. Those making and enforcing these guidelines have my gratitude as those not wearing a mask have the potential of assaulting me without even being aware that they have placed me at-risk of a lethal infection.

By following the guidelines this crisis will end faster. Remember, this too shall end.

(Pat Farrell is a resident of Kingman.)

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