JIM SHARPE

I’m tired of arguing about masks for the sake of arguing

Jul 6, 2020, 1:00 PM | Updated: 1:13 pm
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)...
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Like me, you’re probably tired of arguing about masks. So please forgive me for feeling that, at least one more time, I must argue with the people who argue against masks.

At least (maybe) it’s a fresh argument: I’m going to argue against anti-mask people arguing against masks with the people who (even if they bought into the anti-mask argument) are in no position to argue to change anything. 

I don’t like mask mandates but I still wear a mask because I’m personally responsible to the vulnerable members of my family. And I’m trying to be responsible to you — and our fellow citizens.

A lack of personal responsibility on the part of too many people led to our spike in coronavirus cases, which then backed Gov. Ducey into a corner where he felt like he had to give local governments the authority to mandate masks.

That’s why I’m confused that some of the same conservatives who preach personal responsibility are the same ones throwing out unscientific arguments against wearing a mask because, really, they don’t like the slight inconvenience that personal responsibility requires in this case. 

I just wish they’d stop arguing with me about it. Not because I get called a “fear-mongering sheeple.”  Quit buzzing the argument in my ear because I. Can’t. Change. Squat. 

But what I saw this weekend at a Valley grocery store proved that some people can’t stop – and will argue with anybody.

The three adults I saw walk in together without masks weren’t the problem. They didn’t put up a fight. They seemed to happily accepted the masks the store’s security guard cheerfully offered them. 

Nope, my problem was with the guy who felt the need to come to their defense by telling the security guard that “the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] said masks were dangerous.”

That’s when I opened my big mouth and told him that, no, that wasn’t the case.

We actually ended up having a pretty pleasant conversation and parted ways agreeing that neither one of us liked being forced to wear a mask.

But one thing I’ll never agree with that guy about is his decision to argue with the little guy. Not because that security officer wasn’t capable of a good debate, but because he’s not allowed to debate customers and that means you’re just being annoying and making his job tougher.

But mainly because arguing with him will get you zero results. 

I don’t care how delusional you are about masks, you can’t possibly be delusional enough to think that the security guy, immediately upon seeing your side, is going to call the corporate board of Fry’s Food and Drug, who will then call the governor, who will then convince the Centers for Disease Control that they should reverse everything on face masks because the intellectual giant known heretofore as “the dude in the produce section” — said they should. 

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I’m tired of arguing about masks for the sake of arguing