Idahoans: Act today to oppose Covid-19 immunity legislation

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Coronavirus Leave a Comment

Idahoans should promptly tell lawmakers and Gov. Brad Little to reject a civil liability proposal that is expected to become the centerpiece of a special legislative session planned for the week of Aug. 24. The proposal would basically allow the government to do whatever it wants in the event of a disaster or emergency declared by the governor. Public servants …

Central District Health may mandate masks for your kid at Tuesday meeting

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The debate over mandatory masks is headed to school.  That is, Central District Health will discuss an order Tuesday that would require Ada County students to don masks when schools reopen in a few weeks. The proposal would require masks in all public schools, private schools and charter schools, as well as in colleges and universities.  The order would also …

Give parents choice instead of Covid-era edicts as schools reopen

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Parents have the right to decide how their kids are educated, and that includes decisions about masks, online courses, vaccines, Covid-testing, social distancing, or any other virus mitigation measures that might be part of the equation. It is, frankly, insulting and off-putting to watch as Idaho school and health officials issue edicts in an effort to safeguard the status quo …

The decision to wear a mask should be yours alone

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Lewiston Tribune opinion writer Marty Trillhaase boldly claims that if Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, Rep. Heather Scott, or I were to recommend people wear coverings over their noses and mouths, it will convince skeptical Idahoans to drop their opposition to government mask mandates. Though his belief in the extent of my influence is flattering, I’m not going to do that. …

Central District Health approves jail time, up to $1,000 fine for mask non-compliance in Ada County

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The Central District Health oversight board has approved an order that requires all people in Ada County to don a face mask. Those who violate the order could face up to six months in jail and a fine of not more than $1,000. The mandate took effect immediately upon Tuesday afternoon’s vote and has no end date. It’s unclear how …