Hentschel, Clous and LaPointe not wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Keep Our Schools Open--Wear a Mask

Keep our schools open. Wear a mask.

I strive to set a positive example for wearing a face mask, and am not afraid to be the only one in an outdoor crowd to do so. Commissioners Hentschel, Jewett, Clous and LaPointe don’t wear masks, even in four hour indoor meetings.

We need to keep schools open. This is the best way to insure that kids make progress at a normal rate; if they don’t learn the subjects that they are supposed to learn this year, it will be a big hit to their lifetime earnings, and the hit will be biggest for kids that are already struggling.

Don’t kill our teachers. School is a long duration, close proximity, poor ventilation activity, even with all of the changes that have been made. It is a high-risk activity. To keep teachers, bus drivers, staff and students safe, we need to make the rest of the community as low-risk as we possibly can. We need to wear masks universally.

Keeping schools open is the best way for businesses to stay open. Employees can’t work if they are at home supervising virtual school.

To get customers back to businesses, we need make the community as low-risk as we can. This means wearing a face mask.

Wearing a simple face mask is working brilliantly in other economies, and should be working here.

The recent Supreme Court order has made holding totally virtual public meetings legally questionable, so the recent County Commission meetings have been in person. At the October 7 meeting, all of the staff and the elected County Clerk were wearing face masks, but Commissioners Hentschel, Jewett, Clous and LaPointe were conspicuously mask free. See the pictures from the October 7 meeting.

Staff wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting
Grand Traverse County staff wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioners Jewett, Hentschel, and Clous not wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Jewett, Hentschel and Clous not wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioners Hentschel, Clous and LaPointe not wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Hentschel, Clous and LaPointe not wearing masks at October 7, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting.

See the full video on Youtube.