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WAHOO – There are many words that could be considered “words of the year” for 2020 – COVID-19, pandemic, cancelled. But there are many others …

WAHOO – The City of Wahoo joined several other cities in Nebraska to enact a mask mandate in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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President-elect Joe Biden has long suggested a national mask mandate as the solution to stemming the spread of the coronavirus. However, doing so is not as easy as one might think. A look at the plans set out by the Biden-Harris team to work with leaders at a local level to get states behind enacting mask mandates. 

WAHOO – The City of Wahoo enacted a mask mandate Tuesday night that went into effect immediately.

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I think it is unlikely that there’s a substantial difference. I mean, the typical type of a mask is the surgical mask. It’s not an N95 mask. One that has thick cloth, you know, can be equally as effective. We believe there may be some small differences between them, but the main purpose is that you prevent yourself from infecting others. Recent studies have shown that (wearing a mask) also has the good effect of partially protecting you. So it goes both ways.

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That’s really one of the reasons there’s a reticence on the part of many people, including myself (to support a national mandate). If you have a mandate, you have to enforce it. And, hopefully, we can convince people when they see what is going on in the country. But I have to tell you, Elisabeth, I was stunned by the fact that in certain areas of the country, even though the devastation of the outbreak is clear, some people are still saying it’s fake news. That is a very difficult thing to get over: why people still insist that something that’s staring you right in the face is not real.

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I think that there should be universal wearing of masks. If we can accomplish that with local mayors, governors, local authorities, fine. If not, we should seriously consider national. The only reason that I shy away from making a strong recommendation in that regard is that things that come from the national level down generally engender a bit of pushback from an already reluctant populace that doesn’t like to be told what to do. So you might wind up having the countereffect of people pushing back even more.

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ALLIANCE — Jessie Harrmann, director of legal and regulatory affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, gave attendees at the last stop of NC’s Summer Road Trip a brief of Federal happenings.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight held a hearing entitled, “Oversight of EPA Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Governments.” Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) opened the hearing stressing that as the committee’s oversight has exposed, the EPA has continued in a pattern of evading requirements in law that are meant to serve as a check on the EPA’s regulatory overreach. Further, of all the problems farmers and ranchers are facing, overregulation is by far the worst.

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