My perspective on the COVID-19 crisis begins with this: Our principal foe is not mandates for masks or vaccines, but the delta variant and its more virulent successors. As a lifelong conservative, this is the most conservative perspective I can find.
I have listened to complaints that mask or vaccine mandates are a brazen government effort to steal our rights. I am unable to see that kind of malice from the health department or the school district. While I am alive, I can fight for all my other rights. If the real enemy — the virus — kills me, I have permanently lost my standing to appeal.