Alexander Says “Stakes Are Too High” For Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump Mask Debate To Continue

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Tuesday said “the stakes are too high,” for the political debate around wearing masks to continue.
 
“Unfortunately this simple lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask. If you're against Trump, you do,” Senator Alexander said. “That is why I have suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so.
The president has millions of admirers. They would follow his lead.
 
“If you want college football to return this fall, like I do, listen to the words of the University of Tennessee’s Athletic Director, Phillip Fulmer, who told fans how they can help make that happen: ‘If you really, really want sports, football and all those things, then wear a mask and keep social distancing.’
 
“The United States is in the middle of a very concerning rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in many states, and the experts in front of us today have told us that washing our hands, staying apart and wearing a mask are three of the most important ways to slow the spread of the virus.”
 
Chairman Alexander made his remarks Tuesday during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing, “COVID-19: Update on Progress Toward Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School,” featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Admiral Brett Giroir of HHS, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.
 
Senator Alexander said, "While states are continuing to take action to help keep people safe, nothing was more disruptive to American life, and nothing would head it back toward normalcy, than for our 135,000 public and private K-12 schools and 6,000 colleges to reopen safely this fall.
 
“Among the casualties of COVID-19 are the 75 million students who were sent home from schools and colleges in March. Add to the casualties the teachers who weren’t prepared to teach remotely and the working parents who suddenly had school children at home and who weren’t prepared to home school.
 
“Being sent home from school does not rank with the sickness and death the virus has caused… The question before the country today is not about whether to go back to school or college or child care or work, but how to do it safely. Even though COVID-19 has not, in general, hurt young children and college-age students nearly as much as older or more vulnerable Americans, there is some health risk.  But in my view the greater risk is not going back to school.”

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An Ooltewah man has been charged with aggravated rape after he allegedly picked up a prostitute in downtown Chattanooga, then took her to his home and told her she was going to be his "sex slave." Tyler Michael Benson, 32, is also charged with aggravated kidnapping, two counts of rape, aggravated assault, patronizing prostitution and possession of legend drugs without a prescription. ... (click for more)

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A man suspected of shooting at his pregnant ex-girlfriend is now in custody. On Monday afternoon, police said Logan Delay, 21, shot toward two adults, one young child, and an unborn child who police said is considered a viable fetus. Police said Delay’s reason for the shooting was his jealousy toward his ex-girlfriend (one of the adult victims) who is pregnant with his child. ... (click for more)

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