When school board members, nurses and health care providers, teachers, secretaries of state and elected officials are bodily threatened because they are performing their duties according to their oaths, there is something terribly wrong in the United States. School board members are following national health care guidance of masks and distancing to protect the children and staff. Our health care professionals are on the front lines in this pandemic. Our elected officials are following the law. Yet citizens all over the United States are rejecting science and laws as an elitist tyranny plot to take over their lives. Factual news is discarded. Facebook tirades are given credence and misinformation and threats spiral and continue. It brings to mind Pastor Niemoller's statement in Germany in the 1930s: “First they came after the socialist, I was not a socialist so I did not speak out …” So I speak out for national health guidance from educated professionals, for school boards who are looking after our children and their workers, for our nurses and health care providers who save lives, and elected officials who support the Constitution of the United States.

Diane Langlee


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