Editorial: It’s about what’s best for an entire community, not what a parent might prefer

Editorial: It's about what's best for an entire community, not what a parent might prefer

A woman speaks during an Aug. 5, 2021 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Edujcation concerning proposed safety mask requirements in classrooms and other school facilities. CBC Editorial: Monday, Aug. 16, 2021; Editorial #8694 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company. In western North Carolina COVID-19 pandemic deniers and anti-maskers have gone over the top with actions that are troublingly reflective of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in Washington D.C. At an Aug. 5 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Education “unruly” audience members , during a recess, took the seats of the board then claimed to “overthrow” it. They “repealed” a safety mandate for wearing protective masks in school classrooms and other facilities. Their “action” carried no authority. “You are not dictators, and you do not get to tell us what we can and cannot do with our children,” said Stephanie Parsons, one of the protesters. Congressman Madison Cawthorn was present at the meeting and egged the mini insurrectionists on – a reprise of his Jan. 6 performance. A week later, police were forced to remove several protesters from a Black Mountain Town Council meeting for refusing to follow the town’s rules for wearing masks at public gatherings. “You’re all serving Satan,” one man yelled as police escorted him out. These protesters are certainly getting their say. But what they have to say is both a danger to public health and expresses a warped notion of our constitutional liberties and how a representative democracy […]

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