In 1776, brave American patriots formed a new government and declared their freedom and independence from the oppressive rule of a tyrannical ruler and despot, the King of England.

Now in 2020, New York residents again find themselves under the oppressive tyrannical rule of a man who has declared himself King, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The issues are the same: denial of personal rights, arbitrary rules made and changed at the drop of a hat, altering or deleting laws enacted by a duly elected legislature, usurping the rule of law to suit his own personal socialist agenda, elimination of liberties and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. and New York State Constitutions, denying citizens’ rights to gainful employment to support our families, suppressing free speech and due process of law, shutting down schools and churches while keeping open abortion clinics and liquor stores, and requiring lock-step obedience to draconian Executive Orders which are unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary.

One of the worst orders requires the wearing of face masks/coverings which do nothing to stop the microscopic particles of a reported pandemic virus. The New England Journal of Medicine and a white paper prepared by the Center for Disease Control covering research of a 40 year study have both declared the constant wearing of a face mask outside of hospital situations to be unhealthy and clinically unnecessary, especially as the best face masks only stop “some” bacteria and virtually no viruses at all. This mandate is simply designed to be a symbol of total control over the populace as a trial run for imposing absolute socialist control over a society as a means of advancing a “progressive” agenda which will have the result of ending our constitutional form of democracy (remember soviet Russia?)

It is time for New York State residents to say “enough is enough!” Duly elected local school boards have passed budgets and have the support of their residents. Open the schools and stop wasting time waiting for the governor’s instructions, which do not seem forthcoming anyway since the plan appears to be keeping students home and utilizing tele-learning. Let the kids back outside to play and go back to work!

Open your churches completely without interference from the government. Whatever happened to “separation of church and state?” People have the ability to use common sense – if you are sick, stay home. just as we always have in other situations. The only way to stop this madness and end the power and control trip of a dictator is to stand up and say “No more!” To do otherwise is to doom our free and democratic society by lining up with all the other facemask clad lemmings on the edge of a cliff, waiting for the order to “Jump!” What is it going to be? We are free Americans, let’s take our freedoms back!

Read the Constitution, “We the People” are still in charge. To let this go is to open the door to a communist dictatorship.

Wayne Lemcke

Waterport

EDITOR’S NOTE: The authors of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that is cited by Mr. Lemcke responded June 3 with a letter published by the journal that clarifies the point made in their study:

“We understand that some people are citing our Perspective article ... as support for discrediting widespread masking. In truth, the intent of our article was to push for more masking, not less. It is apparent that many people with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic or presymptomatic yet highly contagious and that these people account for a substantial fraction of all transmissions. Universal masking helps to prevent such people from spreading virus-laden secretions, whether they recognize that they are infected or not.

“We did state in the article that ‘wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection,’ but as the rest of the paragraph makes clear, we intended this statement to apply to passing encounters in public spaces, not sustained interactions within closed environments. A growing body of research shows that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is strongly correlated with the duration and intensity of contact: the risk of transmission among household members can be as high as 40%, whereas the risk of transmission from less intense and less sustained encounters is below 5%.

“This finding is also borne out by recent research associating mask wearing with less transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in closed settings. We therefore strongly support the calls of public health agencies for all people to wear masks when circumstances compel them to be within 6 ft of others for sustained periods.”

The letter may be read at: https://tinyurl.com/ya6uoyav

The study may be read at: https://tinyurl.com/ya46da5x

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