With all the impassioned yammering about rights in the raging COVID-19 battles over whether government or anyone else should be telling us to wear protective face masks to blunt the pandemic, there is a word you seldom hear: Responsibility.

It is a word we should hear much more often nowadays. A world with rights, but without responsibility, after all, is the dream of teen-agers everywhere. Grownups should know better.

We all have a responsibility – to ourselves, to our loved ones and to yours – to do whatever we can to reduce the rate of infection to avoid spreading the sometimes deadly virus. If that means wearing a mask – and, yes, feel free to debate its effectiveness until the cows come home – then wear one. We do and not just for us, but for you and yours.

If it means washing your hands or avoiding close contact with others, we should do it on our own. We should not have to wait for government or anybody else to force us to do the right thing.

We do not wait for government to tell us to wear hearing protection at the shooting range. We stop at stop signs. We brush our teeth to ward off tooth decay. We wear gloves so our hands do not freeze. We get polio and flu and measles vaccines. We wear seat belts. The list of things we do routinely to protect ourselves and others – without government mandate – is almost endless.

While most of us are trying to do the right thing, for ourselves and others, some busily are pushing an anti-science, paranoid conspiracy agenda for political purposes.

Take, for instance, Sen. Lora Reinbold inexplicably referring to Alaska Airlines staff as “mask bullies” and the airline itself as “part of mask tyranny” after a dust-up with a flight crew over wearing a mask on the way back to Anchorage.

The Eagle River Republican is a vocal and ardent anti-masker. She claims they do not work; that government is using the pandemic to control us; that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is dead wrong about the virus. Her right to not wear a mask and be irresponsible outweighs your right to live, the thinking goes.

She has gone so far as to counsel those traveling to Alaska from Outside to dodge mandatory COVID tests at airports. She even posted this on social media about avoiding mandatory test sites at airports:

“Sneak by if you are bold (for) they cannot force you.”

Ask yourself: How many lives could be endangered if 100 or 200 or 300 infected travelers were to do just as she suggests? How many additional people could be crippled or killed by the virus?

At the present time, of course, you are free not to wear a mask, wash your hands, or social distance. You are free, too, to endure the crashing economy, loss of jobs and pain that decision likely would entail.

Every time somebody brays about rights, ask them about responsibility. It is the other half of the equation so often forgotten by those on a mission, people such as Sen. Reinbold and her merry anti-maskers.

8 Responses to Rights?

  1. Fergie November 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Mandates, like seat belts, speed limits, etc. that have had the force of law in the past have had massive data showing that public safety and/or health are greatly affected and thus are accepted by most of the populace. There has been no massive data showing masks stop the progress of a virus in any pandemic.

    And we wonder why there is opposition to these mandates?

  2. Marlin Savage November 20, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website disclosed the shockingly small number of people who died from only the Wuhan coronavirus, with no other cause of death mentioned. Hold on to your hat because here it is: out of the 161,392 deaths in the CDC data, just six percent, about 9,700 deaths, were attributed to the coronavirus alone. According to the CDC, the other 94 percent had an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes of deaths, such as heart disease, diabetes, and sepsis.

  3. Kerry Crandall November 20, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Swedish scientists recently conducted in depth studies in three separate Covid affected countries. Bottom line results showed 1.8 % of those surveyed who always wore masks tested positive for Covid, while 2.1% who never wore masks tested positive. Seems to me to be a pretty statistically insignificant number.
    Baaaaaahhh Baaaahhh!🐑🐑

  4. Steve November 20, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Just an observation:
    “We do not wait for government to tell us to wear hearing protection at the shooting range.” — Mandated

    “We stop at stop signs.” — Mandated

    “We brush our teeth to ward off tooth decay.” — most do

    “We wear gloves so our hands do not freeze.” — if out long enough most do

    “We get polio and flu and measles vaccines.” —
    Polie/Measles Mandated.
    Flu some do, some don’t

    “We wear seat belts.” — Mandated

    There is a lack of evidence that masks work, for every study that says they do there is one that says they do not. the only scientic study was finally published this week and it concluded masks do not protect the wearer, it was not able to study the effect of wearing a mask on others.

    Not saying we should not wear one, but to mandate it means you are accepting as science what science has not truly concluded.

  5. John London November 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    No one has never proven who these dead people are, how many and the true cause. Many elderly die each year from more common and normal virus.
    Very Very strange as we go into the holiday season how we get a so called “spike”. And we know many left zealots hate the holidays. Especially any holiday with Christ in it.
    And the spike before the election? To push mail in manipulated voting.
    The virtue signal mask wearing from the left has been nauseating.
    How come we never saw such zeal during the last so many decades on the war on drugs that has killed and maimed millions?
    That is the real question of the hour for the left democratic virtue hounds.

  6. Elizabeth November 20, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Agree. We should not need to have to fight any mandate, as a mandate should not be needed, as we should be responsible and also considerate of others. The disrespect shown also by Senator Reinbold for a private business is really surprising. Not to mention laws, whether she agrees or not.

    My husband and I just returned from two weeks in Hawaii. It was tough having to wear masks for such a long period but given the close contact with fellow travelers, airline employees, airport employees, it really is necessary. And it works, and allows for travel which is a huge economy. We may be fine getting Covid but others may not. What is so wrong with being mindful of others? When did that become lost in our culture?

    If we are all doing what we can to help manage this annoying virus we are also helping our medical systems to not be overtaxed, medical providers and first responders to be consistently and adequately staffed, our businesses to stay open, we are protecting those that likely won’t weather the virus. Wearing a mask does help, along with hand washing and distancing. Nothing is foolproof and most of us will likely contract Covid at some point but controlling the spread is pretty essential.

  7. Ed November 20, 2020 at 7:32 am

    You’ve followed Fox News and now are a liberal rag too…

  8. Donald Drumpf November 19, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Yes, thank you, bravo! This is the practical, common sense approach from conservatives I grew up with.


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