County commissioners are not the problem


Mandatory face coverings seem to have caused quite a stir in Lincoln County recently. A flashing message board greets visitors with “Face Coverings Appreciated.” But where is the enforcement? Where there is no enforcement, there are no laws. Many of our own police officers do not wear face coverings.

I have known our county commissioners for most of my 37-plus years of living in Lincoln County. They are all good people, elected by us, to serve our citizens. As we all adapt to living with COVID-19, novel rules and practices need to be put into place to preserve public safety. No harm was intended by our commissioners’ face covering policy. Kaety, Doug and Claire are loving people with families and children of their own. Their intent was to protect, not to offend. So where does the responsibility for wearing face coverings lie?

Recent research has shown that transmission of COVID-19 can be all but eliminated if everyone wore a face covering in public. But civil liberties trump best practices in the land of the free. After all, “Live Free Or Die” is the New Hampshire state motto — but at what cost? 

Each one of us has a personal responsibility to do what is right for the whole society. Just because we can does not mean that we should ignore public health directives aimed at saving human lives. Now is the time to do what is right — even when no one is looking. Let each of us set the standard for safe and compassionate living for others to follow. 

Lincoln County is one of the greatest places in the world to live — as evidenced by the license plates on our visitors’ cars. Let’s all do our part to keep it that way. We are, and can continue to be, a place of beauty and integrity. Face coverings appreciated.

Bob Dougherty

Newport

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