By GAIL PINKEPANK
My family has experienced a tough, tense week. My niece recently
returned to work in the office of a professional design firm, after a few
weeks of working from home. She has been careful to wear her mask at
work, and to try to maintain social distancing at the office. My niece is in
her 20s, and during this pandemic she is staying with and helping her
parents who have pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, my niece’s
immediate manager did not believe in wearing a mask. The manager took
to heart the President’s reminders that wearing a mask is voluntary.
You guessed it. The manager came to work exhibiting cold symptoms ,
and walked around the building without a mask. After the manager lost
her sense of taste and smell this week, she got a COVID-19 test that
returned a positive result. Her thoughtless action in failing to wear a mask
and distance herself from others has needlessly endangered her
company’s bottom line, her co-workers health, and my family! My niece is
awaiting the results of her COVID-19 test, so in the meantime we worry
about her and our vulnerable relatives.
Yes, consistent, logical, informed leadership matters. People across this
great country observe and model the behavior of the President. Our
President publicly refuses to wear a mask and ridicules those who do so.
This helps to spread a dangerous virus that threatens this country’s
economy and the health and welfare of our people. When we make our
choice for national leadership in November, let’s choose a thoughtful,
careful individual who listens to the experts and follows through on that