Have you ever heard the phrase “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could”?

This pandemic has me lately thinking about this phrase a bit more.

As we see state after state continue to become even more restrictive, I see states like Texas holding firm to the empowering feeling of personal liberty and responsibility.

I am seeing bold leadership from Gov, Greg Abbott that is continuing down the line to local policies.

I applaud the Lamar C.I.S.D. school board’s brave decision to make mask use a personal choice by both students and staff.

Recommendations encourage personal responsibility while mandates encourage blind obedience.

A visit to a district campus will show that our students and teachers recognize their personal responsibilities to these around them.

They recognize that additional safety measures are team effort.

The voluntary use of face masks is widespread.

This demonstrates that our district does not need overbearing mandates.

It is times like this when our spoken values are tested.

We must work to maintain our personal values, especially when faced with unexpected danger. Texas is showing that it can be done, and so are our students.

Dustin Burt


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