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Mask use, types raise many questions

Along with the mask mandates and protocols, I am fascinated by the many different mask designs. Aside from those that are medically proven, those that adhere to the face in such a way that no air whatsoever can escape around the mask, generally speaking, the majority of masks do absolutely nothing, especially those made of cloth.

The filtration, effectiveness, fit and performance of cloth masks are inferior to those of medical masks and respirators. If a person passes gas and can make it past underwear, pants and your mask, it doesn’t do what these scientists are claiming it does.

If you can smell a lady’s perfume as she walks by, your mask isn’t stopping the virus. Perfume uses fragrance molecules way bigger than the molecules the virus uses.

Be smart. If you want to wear a mask, then wear it, but don’t get mad because someone else isn’t wearing one.

Why is it OK to take the masks off when you are out to dinner? You walk in with the mask on and sit down and take it off like COVID-19 is only at standing levels. It makes no sense.

If the goal is to completely filter the air coming and going from our nose and mouth, then the average mask is unquestionably inefficient.

I often see people with the mask that has “valves” mounted on the sides of them. What the heck are these for? The airlines will not allow you on a plane it you sport one of these.

I can only imagine they have a pretty good reason to ban them. I hope it is based on science.

Most masks can fog up your glasses. If glass fogging occurs, it is due to the mask leaking around your nose and eyes thus totally insufficient.

How about those clear, plastic shields? Large amounts of air escapes easily, which really doesn’t protect anyone.

Double masks? Triple masks? Will those in charge allow us to breath?

I find it interesting to see individuals driving alone in cars wearing masks. Do they really believe the inside of their car will infect them? How about those that exercise, ride a bicycle or jog wearing masks, all of which are outdoor activities? Are people that uninformed?

I saw a bicyclist the other day coasting down the highway by himself wearing a mask. What was he thinking?

I recently attended a small outdoor gathering with six or so people. I learned that everyone present was vaccinated but saw a couple of them still wearing masks. Why? The chances of getting infected by anyone that is vaccinated, especially outdoors, is so minuscule it is beyond comprehension.

I believe everyone has the right to wear a mask if they wish but should it be imposed on everyone, even those that are vaccinated?

Interestingly, we were told or promised that if we were to be vaccinated, then mask wearing no longer is necessary. If a vaccinated person is extremely unlikely to catch the virus or pass it along to others, then why are masks still mandatory?

I applaud Arizona’s recent rollback of the mask mandate, which allows businesses to make the decision to require them in their establishments or not. Seems reasonable. We certainly don’t need big government breathing (no pun intended) down our necks.

Remember this when you view the silly pundits on radio and television. “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.” — Booker T. Washington.

The opinions expressed above belong solely to the author and do not represent the views of the Boulder City Review. They have been edited solely for grammar, spelling and style, and have not been checked for accuracy of the viewpoints.

G. Kevin Savord is currently a professional pilot and former small business owner. He can be reached at gksavord@gmail.com.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

City manager bids fond farewell

I may be leaving Boulder City, but it was not an easy decision. From the first time I came in and met the staff and community leaders, I saw a city filled with people who truly care about where they live and work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with some incredible people.

Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

Me, my brother and Silo Sam

Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching shows on A&E related to professional wrestling back in the earlier days, with profiles on wrestlers I grew up watching as well as classic rivalries.

Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

OK, as a starting point, I must note that it’s weird to think that I might be writing something that would put me in agreement with the Language Police.

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.

Honoring National Public Health Week

In my eight decades of this amazing life, I have worn a great many hats: son, brother, father, major (USAF), grandfather, council member, state representative, state senator.