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MASKS: Wisdom to our kids

| July 31, 2020 1:00 AM

I’m hearing a lot from friends and even my own kids (all in their 50s) telling me they don’t like the government, city, state or federal, mandating masks. They say it’s unconstitutional, don’t have to do it, and they are right, they don’t. But there are consequences.

The driver’s license became mandatory in the United States in the early 20th century, with Missouri and Massachusetts being the first states to require an official license for operating certain types of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, passenger vehicles, trucks, trailers or buses. New Jersey became the first state to require all drivers to pass a mandatory test before being granted an official driver’s license. (From Statista site, are they right?)

So, my question to fellow Americans, how come we’re not protesting driver’s license, seat belt, car insurance and mean old tax day? Because there are consequences. Try it and you’ll find out.

Mandates are for everyone’s benefit, ours and theirs. It’s to protect the masses from each other. I can feel comfortable believing that the majority of drivers have both, license and insurance.

Do I like wearing this mask? No. Do I believe it protects me and the person in front of me? Yes. Neither one of us knows if the other is a carrier, so by me wearing one, I can at least protect someone even if that person doesn’t care if they are not protecting me.

PHIL COLOZZI

Post Falls