We all wear masks. Some figurative, some literal.
Let me mention the figurative ones first. Many of us mask our true — maybe even hidden — identity. To be sure, most of the time this hiddenness has to do with various insecurities we may have. Our shyness may be masked by “acting out” in ways that might surprise even the one doing the acting out.
A healthy democracy requires the participation of its citizens. Each of us now have two senators, one congressional representative and a president who are constitutionally required to represent all Americans, regardless of party affiliation or how the citizen votes. How many of you have contacted any of the offices of these people to let them know what you expect from them?
The primary function of government, at any level, is to protect the health and welfare of its citizens. As an elected city of Toledo official, I feel the need to present an alternative view of Gov. Brown's recent executive order mandating a two-week freeze.
It has been a challenging year full of unwelcome changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these changes are for the greater good — precautions that limit the spread of the virus. With some changes it is hard to see any silver lining, such as when people have lost work or businesses have struggled or closed, being isolated from family and friends, or, worst of all, when loved ones have suffered or passed away.
We are asking the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to please reinstate the short-term rental pause in unincorporated Lincoln County due to Gov. Brown's recent order limiting gatherings to no more than six people from no more than two different households.