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Political leaders: Follow the science

Republican leaders like Glenn Thompson, Jake Corman, and Kerry Benninghoff discount scientists and politicize issues like climate change and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the latest example, Pa. state Sen. Corman encouraged his email list subscribers, presumedly largely his Republican supporters, to complete a survey on requiring students to wear masks.

The alleged goal is to “gauge views of local parents.” But he is “inviting all residents of the 34th Senatorial District to share their thoughts” through the survey. If he wants parental input from parents, send surveys to parents through school districts.

What will he do with the results?

He says he “will share the results of this survey prior to a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee on Aug. 6.”

Six Republican-dominated states have banned requiring unvaccinated students to wear masks.

Will he use the survey to create an illusion of support for similar bans in Pennsylvania? If few respondents to his unscientific survey want to protect those with, for example, immune compromised family members, will he argue that the majority should override the vulnerable?

We are not out of the COVID-19 woods yet, with the even deadlier Delta variant spreading and killing at a high rate.

Senator Corman, follow the science. Use your position to protect people, including encouraging vaccination, social distancing, and, yes, wearing a mask to protect our children and their families.

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