Guest Column - Public not well served by actions of some government officials

By: 
Lisa Peacock

The public ought to be concerned – deeply concerned – about the operation of its local government when it comes to public health. 

I serve as the Local Health Officer for six counties and two local health departments, but I write this as a concerned citizen with a front row seat to the destruction of our basic civic responsibilities to one another as exemplified by some of our own elected County Commissioners who serve on the Board of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, which covers Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.

I recently exercised my obligation to protect the public’s health by issuing a public health order requiring masking indoors in K-12 schools in six counties: Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego. In my role as a health officer, I have a statutory duty to issue such orders as my judgment and conscience dictate, based on reputable science and facts. The purpose of my most recent order is to protect the health of children and school staff, and the community at large, and in my judgment, it is supported by overwhelming, reliable medical evidence.  


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