Indignant Lectures From Martinets With Medical Degrees Are Not What We Need Right Now

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MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota’s doctors are fed up,” reports my colleagues Jeremy Turley and Adam Willis.

Their story is about doctors ripping Gov. Doug Burgum for not instituting a mask mandate and not deferring to doctors when making policy during the ongoing pandemic.

I’ve written before about the deference issue, and the simple answer is that North Dakotans elected Doug Burgum, and not the doctors, to lead the state.

Public policy, even as it relates to a public health emergency, must consider factors far beyond medical consideration, including things like the economy and legal ramifications.

Doctors see only a health problem. Governors must see more.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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