To Mask or Not To Mask: Is it Really a Question?

Credit Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file

As of today, Friday, February 12, 2021, we each get to make our own call about whether to take personal responsibility about what to do while outside our home.

Personal responsibility for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our co-workers, our fellow shoppers, our teachers, our elected officials, our medical professionals, and the strangers we interact with in the park.

Someday, hopefully soon, the day will arrive when there is no longer a need to distance ourselves from one another, to mask up, or to limit time in poorly-ventilated spaces around town.

Sadly, that day has not arrived yet.  And it won’t arrive, either, as long as we make the wrong call about taking personal responsibility for all of the above.

Do we need the State of Montana or our County Health Officer or our local shopkeeper telling us what we HAVE to do to be a responsible Montanan? Of course not! Do the right thing, and KEEP THE MASK ON until the pandemic is over.

We don’t want to lose ground in our progress of fighting this virus. The CDC now recommends double masking. If you feel that removing the mask mandate is ill advised at this time, please write or call the Governor:

Call 406-444-3111  or

Go to  and at the bottom of the third column click on “contact the governor.” A form will come up and you can write your comments there.

Categories: Call To Action, Pandemic

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