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Susan Fennewald

I don't agree with Abbott on most things - but I do think he's been OK on Covid. At the point, in the summer, when he issued a mask order and closed bars he was at his best. That had maximum effect from minimal restrictions. And he's really never waivered on the mask order. It's not perfectly enforced but that's probably for the best. He's consistently supported the use of masks which is the most effective and least restrictive measure.

Bailey Jones

There is much more Abbott could do besides enacting more orders. Public service advertising, for instance, encouraging Texans to mask up and social distance. I remember Dolph Briscoe during the oil embargo in the 70s making a TV commercial asking people to drive less. We have the very successful "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign - where are the billboards encouraging Texans to exercise their common sense and concern for their fellow Texans?

Don Schlessinger

Public service announcements? Every station we turn our TV's to is encouraging people to wear masks and distance themselves from each other. If people don't understand the need for masks when they are out of their home seeing our governor's face on TV will not help at all.

Chuck DiFalco

Mr. Smith, I agree with you wholeheartedly that "More practically, reinstating [lockdown] rules ... would have been unnecessary and probably counterproductive." However, I have a more nuanced view on Abbott's (lack of) moral authority to "order a hair dresser in Denton, a barkeep in Beaumont or any other working Texan to go home and patiently await bankruptcy for the community good." You say it's because he's had a double standard on his pandemic orders, which is unfortunately accurate. This double standard taints whatever good things he's done and continues to do. I think it's not just the hair dresser in Denton and the barkeep in Beaumont, but the tens of thousands of workers and businesses across the state that were locked out of self sufficiency at one time. Upscale that to the millions of workers and businesses across the country, many of whom have already declared or soon face bankruptcy, collectively being involved in a systemic economic failure that we call a depression. COVID didn't cause the lockdowns, elected leaders did. COVID won't cause a depression, elected leaders will. That must stop.

Wayne D Holt


Ted Gillis

Governor Abbot stating that he will not impose another shut down is the answer to a question that was never asked. Glad he clarified that.

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