Will Sutton: Joe Biden Promised Big To HBCUs, But Now His Commitment Is Shrinking Fast

I really do care what Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks. Really. But I’m sure glad I have liberty, personal choice and freedom of expression – and protection.

The governor lifted the indoor mask mandate Tuesday afternoon and I know a lot of people groaned and cheered. They haven’t been wearing masks anyway. I don’t see why some people won’t simply wear facial coverings to protect themselves and others, especially their family and friends and kids.

New Orleans has residents and visitors who come and go indoors and outdoors without masks. I’m thankful that the more astute and learned people continued to follow the mandates to wear masks when indoors.  Mayor LaToya Cantrell lifted the main mask mandate the next day.

The rest of the state thinks New Orleans is different, naughty and not worth much trouble, but they sure like to visit and have a good time eating our food, enjoying our music and pretending they’re someone else before heading back to whatever parish they came from. 

I understand why the governor made the decision he did. Really. I do. There aren’t many states with mask mandates left. As of just a few days ago, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Illinois had mask mandates for everyone, including the vaccinated. California and New York limited their mask mandates to the unvaccinated. Nevada split the difference, mandating masks in counties with high transmissions. The rest of the states haven’t had mask mandates in some time, if ever.

It’s hard being one of a few, especially in a state where hard red pols don’t want a blue governor mandating anything. I think they would oppose blue skies and white clouds if Edwards could mandate the colors.

If you’ve been outside of the metro regions of the state as I have, you’ve likely seen people in convenience stores, malls and restaurants walking in without masks and laughing at people wearing masks. Personally, I don’t mind being an educated, vaccinated and protected Louisianan, and I like the idea of keeping my droplets to myself.

By now, most of us know that Rudy Rona can infect even we vaccinated people. The point of mask wearing isn’t to guarantee a COVID-free life; it’s to better guarantee that fewer people get sick and to better ensure that few get sick enough to die.

Thank goodness that places like businesses, governments and universities can require masks for those who wish to spend money, consider public participation or pay a bill or get an education.

Thank goodness students in many of our public K-12 schools will be required to wear masks if they’re in schools where school district leaders have foolishly allowed kids exposed to COVID-19 to continue to mingle with classmates. I’m pleased that school districts where leaders are cooperating with quarantine guidelines get a reprieve and their students can go without masks as they raise their hands and answer questions.

We’re heading into the end of the year with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then we’ll be going into the Carnival season. If we want to stand a chance of having the best Mardi Gras possible in 2022, we have to do what’s best in the rest of 2021.

I’m not sure I’ll be bumping and tussling to grab beads and trinkets like I like to do in a few months, but I’m going to give it a shot if we can continue to lower COVID-19 case counts, transmissions, hospitalizations and deaths. The best way to do that is with vaccines. Another good way to reduce Rona’s impact: Mask.

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Will Sutton: Want to keep Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras? Keep masks on, indoors.

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Will Sutton: Want to keep Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras? Keep masks on, indoors.