Editor’s Note: Curry County Commission Court Boice sent the following letter to Leah Horner, who works with Gov. Kate Brown’s office.
Dear Ms. Horner;
Wow – it has been a full year since you stepped into action to help deal with the most stressful and intense health matter in Oregon’s history. I hope there is no county commissioner that appreciates your effort, diligence and effectiveness more than me. Thank You.
It is with great resolve that I have to inform you, however, that I will no longer support any further COVID-19 lockdowns, shutdowns or related restrictions on our ctizens, many as you know that have tragically slid into obscurity. I do intend to stand shoulder to shoulder with each and every one and support them to the full extent of my abilities. Our truly dedicated people, some would say heroes, have almost without exception done more than everything we’ve asked. Those remaining will unquestionably be the key to our Oregon Pandemic Recovery. All said is not to imply for even one moment that we will sacrifice in the present or future those duties and focus of our vigorous commitment to all of the important “stop the spread” consistent duties.
During this past 12 months, we have witnessed a cure that is exceedingly worse than the disease. The facts, data and empirical science available are indisputable. Study after study has shown there is no benefit to the tough hedges government has placed around our citizens. The latest research completed by Stanford University is clear; lockdowns do not result in the desired objectives. We must demand common sense. We trust our citizens to open our schools including youth athletics.
I ask you to express to Governor Brown to follow the successes of Florida and Ohio, for example, who did not go the route of unilateral and unprecedented restrictive closures. The unintended consequences to the states that did the opposite have proved to be brutally and powerfully damaging. We only have to take a fair observation to our California neighbor. I ask Oregon leaders be courageous.
Please communicate to the Governor, while I of course have had some routine disagreements; during this year, I have fully supported her and staffs through this entire duration. However, please understand the continued lengths I will personally go to defend the livelihoods and quality of life of the people I represent.
All my best and thank you again for all your terrific effort, dedication and always being available for the times I’ve needed for important consultation.
Curry County Commissioner