At Wednesday night’s Franklin School Board meeting dominated by the mask issue the period set aside for citizen comments was expanded to one hour. With 34 people registering to speak a time limit for each was at three minutes.
I understand the time limit. What I didn’t like was that the comment period didn’t start until 9:00.
Names were drawn to determine who could speak and in what order. I brought along notes and did get to testify but I edited my commentary to fit the three minutes. Here are my unedited remarks I plan to submit to Judy Mueller and the board:
I’m going to be very honest with you.
I really don’t want to be here on one of the last summer evenings of the year. But I come to support the wonderful group of children-loving parents behind me who are all heroes in my book for their crusade to keep masks optional.
Other than that, why don’t I want to be here?
I’ve been in politics in some form or fashion for 43 years. What’s happening here tonight is a long-time political phrase…a dog and pony show, a meaningless display for the masses, so much window-dressing.
I have ZERO faith that you will do the noble thing, do what is right and keep masks optional.
Because I simply don’t trust you. None of you.
I’ve lived in Franklin since 1992. And since then you’ve given me no reason to trust you for lots of reasons I don’t have time to get into.
You must earn my trust. I’m funny that way. And you and your predecessors haven’t come close to doing that.
I believe you’ve already made up your mind, and like the Grand flip-flopper, Anthony Fauci, you will renege on what you said a few months ago, and punish, physically and mentally, school children with masks for the second school year in a row.
Since last spring and all summer many of us have attended meetings and contacted you consistently, unlike the mask everybody all the time crowd. We’ve fought the fight, constantly. We are not Johnny-come latelies.
Yes, you’ve been inundated with data after data, personal anecdote after anecdote.
And you probably don’t like it.
Well, tough cookies. Because a major portion of your job is to listen, listen to the people you represent…listen to us, because you work for us.
A few last arguments in our defense.
There are no studies that demonstrate forcing young kids to wear masks reduces the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
Dr. Marty Makary a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Dr. Cody Meissner, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts Children’s Hospital and served on the Food and Drug Administration’s external advisory panel for the Covid-19 vaccines, say:
Do masks reduce Covid transmission in children? Believe it or not, we could find only a single retrospective study on the question, and its results were inconclusive.
Makary also says: “Before we order the masking of 56 million Americans who are too young to vote and don’t have a lobby, let’s see data showing the benefits and weigh them against the long-term harm.”
The CDC. God Almighty, the CDC. You all worship at their altar.
BTW, let’s be honest. The CDC is really running America. It’s certainly not fumbling, stumbling, bumbling Joe Biden.
Even a recently published study from the omnipotent CDC shows that there is no scientific rationale for forcibly masking schoolchildren. When analyzing more than 90,000 elementary school students in 169 Georgia schools from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11 last year, the study found that schools that “required mask use among students was not statistically significant compared with schools where mask use was optional.”
Unfortunately, I believe you will punish and abuse our kids because you, like far too many other Americans, have been consuming what the fear-mongering mainstream media has been cranking out ad nauseam.
Supposedly learned folks in positions of authority are reading and watching this ridiculous gloom and doom garbage and are foolishly using it to make harmful decisions.
So, in closing, I along with my friends have corresponded with all of you for months, respectfully, only not to receive the same treatment.
We have been ignored. Responses have been delayed, have not been thorough or complete, and have been met at times unceremoniously.
Judy Mueller, in all my years as a journalist and political aide, trying to get a straight, honest answer from you has been the worst.
You’re going to shoot us down. I’ve had that opinion for a few weeks now. Your decision was made a long time ago. That’s why this meeting is a farce.
If I’m wrong…wonderful.
But If I’m right, I end with something board members Angela Bier and Ann Sepersky are very familiar with, both having experience in signing a certain type of petition.
So they will know what I mean, and so will you in the audience. If we get shafted here, then I have two words for the school board:
A RECAP OF THE MEETING