Constitutionally protected rights: We hear a lot about that lately. People from a particular political persuasion shout it out anytime they feel that others are disrupting their lives.

There are times when they are right — free speech and the right to peaceably assemble. Even so, a little common sense goes a long way.

Take the wearing of masks, social distancing, and hand washing as an example.

A lot of men, and some women, are tough and powerful and they aren’t worried about COVID-19. Fine. Good for you. If you refuse to do those things, though, it doesn’t just endanger your health. The whole purpose of those things is to break the chain of transmission.

What if you get the virus and pass it on to your elderly parents or grandparents? Or someone at work? Or a neighbor?

There are many things that we do for the greater good that we don’t want to do.

The sad thing is that if you do continue with the self-centered behavior and pass the disease on to someone who becomes seriously ill or dies, there may always be doubt as to whether you were the cause.

If the national response had been more rapid and cohesive, tens of thousands of lives would have been saved.

I dislike wearing a mask, but it is primarily to protect others from my exhalations.

The latest studies indicate that the COVID-19 particulates can remain airborne for as long as 12 minutes. That is frightening.

Rodney Osbirn

Florence

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(17) comments

Walter Bradford

Governor Granny Ivey finally woke up from her long Winter's nap to make a definitive State Law regarding the wearing of masking. Now you don't do it, there is an opportunity to pay Alabama $500.00 Fine and do it again, you may even go to jail without a "Get Out Of Jail Card". Do it again, then you may get the $500.00 fine and the jail party combined! We'll see how many folks are willing to bluster about their "rights" when they start being assessed these criminal penalties, once, twice or more! I bet those "rights" will be forgotten in (5) minutes or less. Shame the preservation of Human Life didn't cause such a return to common sense. Now this is effective July 31, 2020, so get it all out of your system. Walter A. Bradford Florence

David Rau

Get ready for the facist Trump train to go to prison and its going to be for more than 4 years and Biden sure as heck will not pardon him. And now we see Trump sending illegal federal goons to American cities to bust heads of peaceful protestors.

David Rau

The nation tried opening up by the moronic orders of Trump and we see how well that worked out because we now have the worst spread of the virus than any other nation, all because people like Swindle and Scott will not wear a mask in public. And whats wrong with virtual learning when school's open up? Whether school's open or not is not going to help Trump he's dead meat come November

Darryl Swindle

You and your Bolshevik friends get ready for four more years of the Trump Train.

Daddy Joe

HA HA HA HA!!!! You're a funny, funny man!

Adam Scott

If the mask works let’s open up and everyone wear a mask. Nope, they don’t want to do that either. We could open schools with everyone wearing a mask but no that would help Trump. You are right Darrly. It’s all about feeling good without any real protection.

Walter Bradford

Mr. Scott Trump is beyond help, he was born the way he is! Walter A. Bradford Florence

David Rau

More lies from Darryl Swindle all the evidence says even a cloth mask is effective if you are infected or not. What do you have to lose Darrly Swindle just wear a mask in public. There is a reason that the US is the only nation where the virus is not under control. All the other nations have done a good job educating people to practice social distancing and wearing mask except this nation because we have a leader thats a moron.

Darryl Swindle

Where is your evidence?

Darryl Swindle

The N-95 mask will work if you are not infected but if you are infected and wear an N-95 mask, you spread the virus every time you exhale. Surgical mask will last 20 minutes in an uncontrolled environment. That is why they are affective in surgical environment. A cloth or a bandana is an exercise in futility. In other words' "feel good" solution.

Adam Scott

And David Rau, your the proof that stupid can't be fixed.

David Rau

Adam Scott just proves the old saying,You can't fix stupid.

Adam Scott

Mrs. Johnson, you mean the AMA has changed their mind, again. The findings haven’t changed. There are as many “experts” saying mask help as there are saying they don’t. The main stream media censors them so you won’t see or hear about them. Bottom line is they do not prevent the spreading of covid. Did you see the drywall test where the worker wore a mask as you would wear for covid prevention? The drywall dust penetrated the mask and covid is much smaller than drywall dust. BTW, this is nothing like smoking or seatbelts. My 80 year old Aunt tested positive for covid and has not shown any symptoms. I’d bet she doesn’t really have it. You must think I’m refusing to wear a mask but I do because it makes people feel better. But I, for one, know it gives a false feeling of safety to people that isn’t real.

David Rau

Why does Adam Scott want to continue to lie about wearing a mask? On July 14 the Journal of the American Medical Association said and these are there words. " There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have covid-19 from spreading it to others." Also the CDC, Dr Fauci and the World Health Organization tell people to wear a mask in public places. The only person i can find that is not telling people to wear a mask is Trump. Do you really want to take advice from a reality show host that cheated on his SAT's to get into college? Just waer a mask in public Adam Scott, whats the big deal? You cant go into a store without one now anyway.

RAW RAW

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Adam Scott

“The Journal of the American Medical Association” said:

“Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.”

There is NO evidence.

Linda Johnson

Mr Scott, the AMA have updated their findings. This was earlier in the year. There are now studies to show exactly the opposite. Much like smoking and seatbelts. Used to be coming up to kool was a cool thing. In the 60s and 70s not many cars had seatbelts. Just as there were only a handful of car seats for babies, neither if my children had one. And I remember when there were no speed limits. We all evolve. Wouldn’t it be sweet if we didn’t have to find out the hard way? I had Covid early, I still have not recovered. I don’t recommend it for anyone, even you. If you can save one person? Would you?

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