School, mask ordinances and more


Medical science indicates seated learning would be a mistake

Based upon the science that is readily available, it would be a serious mistake to have “seated” learning in southwest Missouri schools at this time. Area youth are not the only ones at high risk in the densely populated school setting. Also at risk are teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, immune-compromised individuals of all ages and, ultimately, our entire community.

Even one death or long-term debilitating condition caused by COVID-19 would be too many within this preventable scenario. Even a small number of positive COVID-19 cases within a district will close the schools after a short period of time, but the damage will have already been done as the virus is spread more deeply into the community. Looking further into this scenario, it is certain that death will occur wherever viral outbreaks are allowed to occur as a result of inadequate community protection and preparation. This is a serious health crisis, and decisions must be based upon sound science only.

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Masks save lives, and they are visible expressions of our desire for freedom. They allow us to do the things we want. This reality places the responsibility squarely on each and every person to do everything in his/her power to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community. That is precisely why I’m writing this letter to community leaders. We are all in a unique position to save multiple lives. It simply requires that each and every one of us have the courage to follow the advice of experts and stand up firmly to those whose present behavior puts the health of our community in peril.

Greg Swick, Ozark

Jesus sacrificed himself, so why can’t Nixa residents stand a mask?

Jesus calls us to sacrifice for others. He sacrificed His life for all.

Nixa citizens can’t wear a mask? Shame on their selfishness.

Tom Krause, Nixa

Springfield City Council gets it right by passing mask ordinance

Thank you so much, Springfield City Council, for unanimously passing the mandated mask ordinance as the virus is creeping into Springfield and Greene County, bringing an upsurge in COVID-19 cases. As I watched the meeting on TV, I found two speakers very compelling — the expectant mother and the Springfield nurse who unselfishly volunteered in a New York City hospital at the height of their experience as the epicenter at the beginning of the pandemic! This nurse — near tears — described in detail her many hours each day treating patients suffering from the horrific rampaging symptoms of this virus taking lives in large numbers each day! It did not take much for the picture she painted with her words to impress me above all of the TV presentations and the newspaper articles on the virus. I specifically remember her saying, “We do not want this in Springfield!” My husband and I applaud you for heeding the pleas of our doctors and Health Council and believing the statistics that brought forth the finding that “masks save lives!” I know that this is an extremely unpopular ordinance, but after all, Matthew 22:33,34 asks us to “Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”

Ethyl C. Tucker, Springfield

Mask mandate is for public health and does not take away freedoms

Unfortunately, a lawsuit has been filed against the city of Springfield and eight members of the City Council (News-Leader, July 24, 2020). The plaintiff has complained that wearing a mask during this time of national crisis is violating her freedoms of expression and religion. My response is that wearing a mask is temporary and has nothing to do with religion or individual freedoms being taken away. It has everything to do with public health. It has everything to do with saving lives during the first global pandemic in over 100 years. I am sorry that wearing a mask is inconvenient for the plaintiff as she worships and on her date nights, but I can assure her that it is far more inconvenient to those who die alone on a ventilator in an ICU from COVID-19.

    Also, her attorney has said the death toll is not high enough to justify a mask ordinance. My question to that attorney is, “How many lives need to be lost before this disease is taken seriously? 

   I support the mayor and the council members who passed the mask ordinance in an effort to protect the public. Thank you, our public servants, for your discernment and your courage.

Doug McNeal, M.D., Springfield

Disdain for others’ health at church is un-Christian

I guess Rachel Shelton is not a Christian.

Or if she is, she missed hearing The Tale of The Good Samaritan.

Or if she heard it, she didn’t catch its drift.

“Your health is not my responsibility,” she said. “Your emotional well-being is not my responsibility.”

And she “does not want to be required to wear face coverings during church worship.”

Uh huh.

Barb Ruth-Wright, Springfield

Reopening can work if we follow health guidelines during COVID-19

“As a surge in cases forces a number of U.S. states to reimpose restrictions, Europe’s reopening is for the most part going according to plan.

That is largely because of marked changes in social behavior across much of Europe, following widespread efforts by policymakers to drill the public to follow a simple, three-pronged approach: Keep a distance when possible, enhance hygiene and wear a mask when necessary.”

This information was reported by the Wall Street Journal on July 20. As we face a surge in cases, will we also choose to embrace the proven steps taken by others?

Michael Scriven, Springfield

Keeping Girls in School Act equalizes education opportunities

With the new school year quickly approaching, much talk is circulating concerning COVID-19 protocol; let’s not forget about other school matters at hand such as the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Around the world, many girls between the ages of 10-19 are being kept from gaining an education and forced to stay home in order to begin young mother roles. This creates a large intellectual barrier between males and females and in turn affects the economy in a negative way.

If girls were getting equal education rights in these countries, this would then boost the economy and create a positive impact on low income communities.

I urge Senator Josh Hawley to take a step and support the Keeping Girls in School Act to build toward empowering young women and closing the gender gap that is presently in place.

Cailey Melville, Springfield

Trump’s ignorance on COVID-19 contradicts his claimed expertise

Our self proclaimed medical expert president has said if we stop testing, the amount of new positive COVID-19 cases will go down.

Maybe he could slow the new cancer cases if he could outlaw X-ray machines.

Don’t forget the bleach if measles start to come back.

I am totally amazed that only 67% of our population disapproves of the job performance of our dictator wannabe.

Jim Warren, Springfield

Reaction to mask mandate shows too many can’t accept inconvenience

To make my point first and then follow with my feelings:

How can anyone consider wearing some cloth over the lower part of your face is a violation of your rights? There’s nothing new or frightening about being a little inconvenienced for the good of others! We have many regulations — speed limits, seat belts, no smoking in certain places — all for one’s own or other’s benefit. On a bigger scale, we’ve heard comments about the “war” on this virus — fighting a war is the epitome of sacrificing for the greater good. In war not only has the military given so much — but look at what was done by the citizens (i.e., during the World Wars). Would our “personal rights” demands not accept rationing? Throughout the 40’s, school activities were curtailed because gas and rubber were rationed. Even sugar and other foods were rationed. Recognizing that citizens giving up some things because they were needed more for the war effort was sacrificial! Wearing a mask is not a sacrifice; it is an inconvenience or at the most a temporary discomfort!

Now, my feelings:

In late March or April I made the comment that I was proud of the U.S. I’d sometimes wondered how our citizens would handle sacrificing if called for. I thought that, frightening as the coronavirus and the “shut down” was, it seemed that there were many who were concerned with helping with food supplies, showing appreciation of essential workers, and overall trying to do what was necessitated.

Well, disappointment has set in! First, it was just people complaining about masks or complaining that the problem was giving up personal rights. Then there were the hours of personal statements dragging out meetings—no new ideas just feeling their repetition was somehow most important; next was the grieving man describing his wife’s death—alone—and being apparently ignored in favor of “let’s not make a decision.” And how proud can anyone be that another group of “city fathers” hope their bedroom town will profit by allowing shoppers to come without masks?

The greatest disappointment was the statement—even allowing such a statement to be completed—that wearing a mask could be compared with armbands required by Nazis. That speaker went so far as to totally misrepresent history and trivialize the loss of six million Jews and the people who tried to help them by saying the Jews could have said “No” and prevented the Holocaust. I pray that that person visits a Holocaust Museum or reads any of the thousands of books and accounts of those victims and survivors.

Please don’t trivialize the loss of life, hiding behind the claim of a right I have jot yet found in the Constitution. If wearing a mask might save a life, aren’t you willing to try?

Ruth Spargo, Ozark

Springfield City Council mask mandate right call; lawsuit objecting is absurd

A bouquet of roses to Springfield City Council for their unanimous vote to protect the citizens and visitors in our city against coronavirus. Masking is, for now, the most practical defense we have until a viable vaccine is made available.

A briar patch of thorns to Rachel Shelton and her attorney, Kristi Fulnecky, for bringing a frivolous lawsuit against the city of Springfield and the eight members of City Council over their decision.

Thomas P. Baker, Springfield

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