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Letter to the Editor – Radio Edition – Mike Rowe of Enfield

The Alarm Is Going Off But It Isn’t Time To Be Woke!

I am heartened  by the recent efforts of parents in White County to push back on the Carmi-White Co. school board’s actions in mandating masks which usurp parental control of their children’s health choices. It is a difficult position to be caught between parental rights and a Governor that keeps throwing his weight around like a school yard bully. There are currently 51 school districts in the state that have chosen to stand up to the bully and take on the fight.  The Carmi-White Co. school board is not one of them, instead they have given in to the bully but the children pay the price.  The board has chosen not to challenge the Governor’s mask mandate for fear of retaliation or loss of funds.

Is the Governor going to punish the children in all of these districts because their schools demand the Governor follow the law and respect the limits placed on his office?  If he follows through with his threats, there will be lawsuits.  Will there be political costs if he is radical enough to follow through with denying recognition and funding to these schools?  My answer is a resounding YES!

With the many mandates targeting our children’s education coming from Springfield … Critical Race Theory, sex education, protest training, etc., it has become imperative that we stand together and change the things we can. Shouldn’t we all hang together so we don’t hang alone?    White County can’t change the election of these politicians that are pushing these agenda items but, we can unelect school board members who choose to force those agenda items onto our children.

It is time to get behind anyone who is willing to step up and fight. For those who will not stand up to the bully, it is time to step down!

Resistance…Because if we fight we might lose but if we don’t fight, we have already lost.

Mike Rowe

  1. Wes tTrout
    Wes tTrout
    August 26, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I agree Mike good job!

  2. Paula Dozier
    Paula Dozier
    August 26, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Oh Mike please I know you remember the days of lining up in our schools to receive our vaccinations and our parents were grateful that we were able to get them at no cost and no doctor’s appointment to protect us against polio..small pox ..typhoid..ect..You act like these children have been asked to donate a limb when they have just been asked to where a mask..My 8 year old granddaughter comes home from school and we have to remind her it is okay to take off her mask..Plus I think the schools have built in several break times in which students can un mask..But let’s face it..your just trying to stir and to turn this into a political issue to get Bailey elected Governor. Shame on you and Valinda..I treasure these children and deplore politics..

    • Christine Talley
      Christine Talley
      August 26, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Amen, Paula! The governor is protecting children from a horrible illness that is attacking more children than the original strain. You’d rather let OUR local citizens make the decision to be unvaccinated and unmasked because you see it as a political endeavor. Do you really think Pritzker does this for his gain? It must be very difficult……until you see how full all the ICU’s are……..almost all are unvaccinated and children. Please……go check out very ill kids! Good grief! This is a “I want MYway” situation for you!

    • Ken Pettijohn
      Ken Pettijohn
      August 28, 2021 at 9:44 am

      Nicely stated Paula (and I absolutely agree with your every point). What I find particularly troubling is that in my humble opinion the only thing that matters to those pushing “unmasking” is political ambition. They have zero (zero) training in the medical field and often get their information from conspiracy theorists on the internet and Fox Entertainment. Very sad 😔

    • Glen
      August 29, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      Great and insightful response.

  3. Sherrill Evans
    Sherrill Evans
    August 26, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Seatbelts n car seats for kids are not punishments. We do for our children what is best for them. Putting them in the car seats or making them wear seatbelts is not for their punishment it is for their good. Making kids or adults wear a mask is not a punishment it is for their protection. And for others protection too.
    I imagine that he wants punishments for scammers who steal credit card numbers or identities? For our own good we need not put our numbers out there for everyone. We don’t write them on our door posts so everyone can get to them and use them we try to protect them. The logic is the same. Don’t put your kids out there with no protection. Wearing a mask is not that hard. In fact the self discipline is prob very good for our kids. It also demonstrates care for others. Let’s stir up love and care for others. Let’s demonstrate it to each other.

  4. John Edwards
    John Edwards
    August 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Children are “persons” under the Constitution, and as the ruling in Prince v. Massachusetts held, parents do not have a constitutional right to make martyrs of their children. Parents have an obligation to protect their children’s health and life, which means that the school district mandates that reduce the risk of death to children should be enforceable, period.

    The Supreme Court explicitly upheld vaccine mandates against deadly diseases in Jacobson v. Massachusetts., where it explained: “the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.” We live in a country of ordered liberty, not individual autonomy that paves the way to the deaths of others. In short, it is not the right of every American citizen to catch and transmit a potentially fatal infection.

    Americans need to take every step necessary to save as many lives as possible and stop acting like whiney snowflakes.

    • Wolf1018
      September 2, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      John, that was perhaps the best argument I have seen amongst the bullcrap others have shoveled onto this thread. Thanks for that bit of bot common sense AND Constitutional wisdom that I am sure the Founding Fathers would agree with!

  5. Darrel Kiefer
    Darrel Kiefer
    August 26, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    I agree with Paula, Christine and Sherrill…. AS a father of school aged child recently said, ” if we are wrong, boo woo you had to wear a mask, if you are wrong a child may die”.

  6. Megan
    August 27, 2021 at 7:00 am

    It easy to say that it’s not a big deal for these kids to wear masks all day when it’s not you that have to do it! My son broke out in a horrible rash all over his face last year, I took him to the doctor he was given medicine, the rash never went away until summer!!!! When I took him back to the doc before this school year to see if he could be given a note to not wear one the doctor said no provider in Illinois was allowed to write a note like that for children! So now my son suffers through another school year!! Shame on anyone that thinks parents shouldn’t have the right to choose what’s best for their own children health and safety!! Masks are torturing these poor kids! By the way all 3 of my kids were masked the first week of this school year, they ALL were sick and had to be kept home the 2nd week!! Let’s not forget MASKS DO NOT WORK!!!!!

  7. Mark Stevens
    Mark Stevens
    August 27, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    The issue isn’t even the mask. The issue is he is bypassing lawmakers and mandating from a throne like a king. If everyone wants masks, there needs to be a bill brought before the house and senate. If passed the governor can sign it into law. The examples of seatbelts, carseats, scammers….. They are all LAWS that have been passed by house, senate and governor. If you want mandatory mask, contact your legislators. Until then mask are recommended, not mandatory/law.

  8. Ken Pettijohn
    Ken Pettijohn
    August 28, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Interesting article recently for the anti maskers:

    Weekend CoViD Cases Revealed and Only One ICU Bed Available in Southern Illinois
    Tue, August 24, 2021 by Jc Tinsley
    Weekend CoViD Cases Revealed and Only One ICU Bed Available in Southern Illinois 90 new cases of coronavirus cases have been discovered over the weekend in our 4 county area according to public health departments. White County added 32 new cases Friday through Sunday including 10 aged in their teens or younger. Gallatin County added 15 new cases, just one male in his teens. Saline County reports 38 fresh cases from the weekend. Of them, 6 are teen aged or younger. Hamilton County officials announced 5 new cases from the weekend, four of them were diagnosed on Sunday, and the other Monday morning. article today ….

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