MINOT, N.D. — We need to stop debating masks.

It’s pointless.

Local politicians in Minot and Fargo have passed symbolic “mandates” they do not have the authority to enforce – seemingly to satisfy the pique of a cranky old rock star who griped about it on Twitter.

The language approved by a 5-2 vote of the Minot City Council literally says masks are “mandated with the strongest possible recommendation.”

It’s a mandated recommendation, you guys.

I’ll pause for a moment so you can stop laughing.

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