WADSWORTH, Ohio – Last year Governor Mike DeWine overreacted in his response to the COVID19 pandemic. Simply put, I would never have done many of the draconian things that Governor DeWine did. No leader should ever lead with fear.
DeWine shut Ohio down too quickly and refused to open back up soon enough. He’s reacted more in line with Democrat Governors like Andrew Cuomo of New York or Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan instead of Republican Governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
Even worse, he relied upon a pro-abortion, health director, with no public experience who pushed data that was false and misleading and scared people. No Ohio governor should scare people like he has done throughout this pandemic.
Now, he is overreacting again. But because the Ohio General Assembly has tied his hands on mandates, he is using his bully pulpit in an attempt to strong arm and scare local school boards into requiring masks.
His health director has issued guidance to Ohio schools that would require students and staff that are exposed to COVID19 to quarantine for lengthy periods of time if they are unvaccinated or do not wear masks. If the students and teachers do wear masks and/or are vaccinated, then they will not be required to quarantine or can quarantine for a lesser period.
Enough is enough. It is long past time to end these fear tactics and trust Ohio parents instead. Ohio’s school children have suffered long enough and undergone enough psychological damage over the past year and a half.
No child should be forced to wear a mask eight hours a day by an out of touch elected official or appointed bureaucrat. Decisions as to whether to wear a mask or obtain a vaccination should be left to parents and parents alone. Parents should be trusted to make the best decisions for their children.