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  • Hayden voted 4-0 against a mask mandate and instead issue proclamation strongly encouraging the use of masks.
  • Post Falls has a special mask mandate meeting on Monday, 11/9.
  • Keep sending polite emails to Post Falls City Council members.

Hayden City Council Voted Against Mandate

The Hayden City Council voted against a mandate for masks 4-0, stating that this is not the time to divide our city by forcing a health issue they have no business enforcing. Even with presentations by Panhandle Health Director Lora Whalen and epidemiologist Jeff Lee, the council felt that as politicians they don't have the qualifications to mandate a health issue and wanted to leave the decision to each individual resident.

The city council received about 50 emails each from concerned citizens, some nice and some not so nice, and Mayor Steven Griffitts said that they received about 10 times more against a mandate than for a mandate. Adding to that pile was a letter from outgoing sheriff Ben Wolfinger who said that he has concerns if the council decided to go the same direction as their southern friends, and although he believes in a mask's usefulness, he states that strong recommendations to the public would be a better way to go. He also noted that the City of Hayden has a contract for only 4 sheriff's deputies and following up on mask tattling is on the lower end of call priorities. 

The mayor invited resident Sandy White to speak at the meeting, who spoke about protecting civil liberties which ultimately leads to compassion and protecting neighbors. Mayor Griffitts also read letters from local churches, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Calvary Chapel Lighthouse. Each went through the weekly protocols they follow to ensure the safe practicing of worship and how they allow their congregants decide where to worship in person or online. The theme the mayor was getting at was that every business/church/individual was allowed to make their own protocols and decisions about what works best for them.

Ultimately, the council felt the same and voted against a mask mandate. In its place they issued a proclamation stating:
We, the mayor and city council of Hayden, Idaho, do hereby proclaim and encourage facial covering should be worn from November 4, 2020 to January 12, 2021, or until otherwise removed, to slow the spread of COVID-19. We urge each individual in the community who is able to wear facial coverings in public places to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community, medical services, first responders, organizations, families and neighbors.

Point of personal preference: I believe this is the way to go; more people will be inclined to wear a mask now that they know they have the choice. A person catches more flies with honey than vinegar, and the city council believes that this way of thinking, along with help from God, is the best way to go.

This is a huge win for those fighting for civil liberties but we're not done yet. Post Falls City Council has announced a meeting for Monday but the time has not yet been determined. This is the time we need to ramp up the emails to the PF council members but, if we've learned anything form the Hayden City Council, those emails come across better if they're polite and informative instead of hateful and filled with threats.

This is the time to act. It worked for the Hayden City Council and it could work for Post Falls. We can't give up. With all the transplants coming in from blue states there's a real threat that those terrible blue policies will be transitioning over to here. We have to fight to keep this place red. If you need a refresher on Post Falls email addresses read my previous email here

In the meantime, take some time to watch the Hayden City Council meeting last night and become familiar with the presentations and ways to get through to council members. The Bushnell Report has made the meeting video available on YouTube for everyone to check out. If you can't attend the meeting on Monday, please help us by watching the video, checking out my previous email, and send emails to the Post Falls City Council members. Together we can do this.

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