On Thursday (Aug. 26), the State Board of Education voted to mandate the wearing of masks in all Maryland schools. Thank goodness for the recognition that masks are not a political choice but simply a common-sense preventive measure to keep children and school staff safe. And thank goodness for our superintendent, W. David Bromwell, for quickly stating that Dorchester County would enforce the state mandate.

Given Dorchester County’s appalling spike in COVID cases, it is hard to understand the rationale of those parents who do not wish their children to wear masks. Fighting this dangerous virus is no more an issue of personal freedom than driving the speed limit. At the demonstration outside the Dorchester Board of Education meeting Aug. 19, I asked a number of the anti-mask contingent what they would say when the first child got sick or, worse, died and I was surprised that possibility was dismissed out of hand.

It’s a good thing the state has taken the decision out of those hands.

RICHARD BEARMAN

Cambridge

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