The Mask Debate Has Jumped the Shark

Brand new masks are handed out to people as they arrive to get free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Moorhead Armory. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

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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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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