Ask questions about mandating masks and vaccines

Ohio map of political affiliation. Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue)

By Ron Calhoun

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is requiring students, staff, and visitors to wear masks for at least the first five weeks of school year to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The science tells us masks stop the spread of the virus. We also know people who contract the virus while vaccinated in most cases don’t have to be admitted to a hospital to fight the virus. Read more here:

Ask yourself if this mandate is being followed, enforced, and what are the consequences to those who does not wear a mask? Will the rate of non-compliance be  communicated to the public?

At the same time in the Ohio, Senate Bill 209 which covers the requirements for public schools, state institutions of higher education, and businesses. Introduced by Senator Andrew O. Brenner, 

Republican Senator Andrew O. Brenner introduced Senate Bill 209.

Senate Bill 209 essentially says an individual may choose to wear a facial covering but shall not be required to do so.    Brenner is currently serving in his first term in Ohio Senate, representing District 19. He is affiliated with several community organizations including the Delaware County Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, and the Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club. He currently serves on the Delaware County Republican Party Central Committee and several local chambers of commerce.

Also, House Bill 244 has been introduced to the General Assembly to amend the Ohio Revised Code “regarding technology-based educational opportunities for, and the enrollment of, military children; regarding public schools, state institutions of higher education, and prohibitions on mandatory vaccinations and discrimination; and regarding the authority of the Ohio Department of Health over matters of quarantine and isolation.”

The legislation is sponsored by Republican State Representative Andrea White who is serving her first term in the Ohio House. She represents the 41st House District, which includes Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood, and portions of Riverside and Dayton in Montgomery County.

Is the issue, what is best for individuals or the community? Ask the question, who has the power? Are you engaged?

Republican State Representative, Andrea White introduced H.B. 224