October 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm #6184Arthur SegalParticipant
CALL TO ACTION: FELLOW LIBERALS, WE NEED YOUR HELP. JUST 60 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME, TO KEEP OUR MASKING LAWS AND SAVE LIVES.
MASKING LAWS WERE DEFEATED FOR UNINCORPORATED BEAUFORT COUNTY THIS WEEK. WE GOT THEM RENEWED ON HHI. BUT A NEW VOTE IS COMING BACK TO THE COUNTY, AND HHI, AND BLUFFTON.
WE NEED EMAILS. THE ANTI MASK LAW FOLK ARE WELL ORGANIZED WITH HELP FROM OTHER REPUB AND RIGHT WING ORGANIZATIONS. THEY ARE FLOODING TOWN AND COUNTY COUNCILS WITH EMAILS AND WE NEED TO DO THE SAME. PLEASE.
1. Open up a new email in your email service
2. Copy and paste the below emails into the ‘send to’ box. Do not amend the list, or just send to ‘your’ councilman. It diminishes our power. The other side sends to all as well.
3. Copy and paste the below letter into the body of the email. You may of course write your own or abridge it.
5. Include your full legal name, address, town, ZIP code.
6. For those who are part time residents or visit the area a lot, state this in the email: ‘’I am a part time resident (or frequent tourist) and masking laws allows me to spend tourist dollars without fear.’’
7. Press ‘Send’
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Dear Honorable Mayors, Chairman, Councilmen and Councilwomen of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort County, South Carolina:
We are writing today to kindly ask that when the present masking laws come due to expire soon, that you please vote to renew them.
We are also asking that you please consider ways for ‘gentle enforcement’ that does NOT add to the duties that our Sheriff’s Department already has.
Lastly, we are asking for masking to be required where many people congregate outside. Examples of these locations might include The Shelter Cove outside mall, The Coligny Plaza, Tanger Outlets, and the State of Mind Street Area, sporting events, (from football to polo), concerts, and festivals.
With no vaccine and no proven treatment for the coronavirus, we’re left with non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to prevent the transmission of the virus that has resulted in more than 731,000 deaths around the world—some 163,000 in the U.S. alone. Estimates of 200,000 dead in the USA back in March have risen to 300,000. These NPIs include social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection and wearing face masks or coverings.
We know there are some who do not wish to mask. That number has fallen since the President stated that it is Patriotic to mask. But some of your constituents will ask you not to have masking laws. Below are the ten most common reasons they give, and the facts which you may use to respond to them.
1. Masks don’t work. The science is straightforward. When you or others are infectious with the virus, it can come out of the nose and mouth. Masks reduce your chances of infecting someone else or reduce the amount of the virus transmitted to you. “Even if transmission occurs, studies have shown that the disease will be milder if the person who transmitted the virus to you was wearing a mask. So masks can reduce the amount of the virus that is transmitted to you, which can make a difference.”
2. Requiring masks violates your constitutional rights. A mask doesn’t violate the First Amendment by keeping you from expressing yourself, nor violate rights to privacy, health or body integrity, as determined by the Supreme Court. Why hasn’t been the same uproar about the “No shirts, no shoes, no service” rules that have long been in place or that requirement to wear clothes while out in public? John E. Finn, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University, the “The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates.” A mask doesn’t violate the First Amendment by keeping you from expressing yourself. Finn explained how “the 1905 case of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts shows why mask mandates don’t violate any constitutional right to privacy or health or bodily integrity. ‘’
3. Wearing a face mask is toxic and will prevent you from getting enough oxygen, result in carbon dioxide poisoning, or weaken your immune system. Surgeons and other medical professionals have long worn face coverings to prevent the spread of infections without passing out or experiencing other medical issues. Babies, small children, those with lung diseases can forgo masking, but frankly, at the present time, high risk patients should self-quarantine.
4. You don’t have to wear a face covering if you don’t feel sick or are regularly tested for Covid-19. A significant percentage of people who are contagious don’t have symptoms. Moreover, unless you are testing yourself for the virus every minute and getting back the results immediately, you can’t tell exactly when you may have become contagious.
5. Face coverings are not cool, masculine, brave, or heroic. If you are relying simply on showing your nose and your mouth to appear heroic or cool, you’ve got bigger issues. Wearing is more about caring (for other people, that is), and that is cool.
6. Different “experts” are saying different things about face masks. Not really. When it comes to scientific experts, there is no “mask debate,” so to speak. Scientific experts are not “mask debating.” What you may be hearing are people posing as experts. Among real experts, there has been one evolution in the face mask recommendation .At the beginning of the pandemic, there were overwhelming concerns that there weren’t enough surgical masks and medical grade masks so that these ought to be reserved for health care workers. But now that more different types of face coverings are available, that recommendation has changed. The road to re-opening the economy goes through masking.”
7. Masks are being used to control people. There are people actually claiming that face coverings are being used to control people. For example: there is a ludicrous claim that the bendy metal strip in surgical masks are actually 5G antennas sending data to ‘Big Government.’
8. Wearing a face covering means that you don’t have to practice social distancing. While a face covering may protect others from you and potentially you to some degree, it cannot and should not replace social distancing. Viruses still can get through face coverings that are not N95 masks. Even N95 masks aren’t always perfect. Even if you are wearing a face mask, stay feet away from everyone else at all times.
9. Wearing or not wearing a face covering is a political statement. Wearing or not wearing a face covering is NOT the same as wearing a pin or a baseball cap with political slogans on them. A recent Gallup poll that showed that 86% of U.S. adults have worn a mask in public during the first week of August. That means that it’s highly likely that people of different political affiliations, perspectives, and leanings are donning face coverings.
10. Nevertheless, there are still many people not wearing face coverings while out in public and close to other people. Our Public Safety departments need to continually educate the public and our visitors through signs, radio and TV public service announcements, of the need for masking, distancing and other NPIs. There is a need for a consistent and strong messaging. Face coverings are for the safety and protection of every human being. People need to wear masks.
Thank you very much for your consideration and for your service and concern for the health and safety of your constituents.
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