Letter: Is board supporting the whole county?

To the Editor:

On Sept. 7, the Kendall County Board had their meeting. There were obvious signs on the door stating masks are required in government buildings. Upon entering the meeting room at 5:45 p.m., there were approximately 70 unmasked attendees with no social distancing present.

When two assistants and one board member were approached and questioned as to why and how unmasked people were allowed to stay in that government building, they had no answer, tried to deflect responsibility or lamely stated, “I’m vaccinated.” Of the nine board members, only 3 or 4 were masked. At the end of the meeting one masked board member did remind her fellow board members that they had all signed a paper previously about wearing masks. But no official person said anything to the crowd about wearing masks or social distancing prior to the meeting. Even our State’s Attorney, Eric Weiss, was maskless. Responsibility, or lack of responsibility, starts with our representatives.

By 6 p.m., the crowd continued to grow to approximately 90 to 100. There were only three masked women and only one masked man in the group. The topic that drew so many citizens was a repetitive resolution on guns and the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which everyone in that room supported. From 6 to 7 p.m., citizens were allowed to talk for five minutes. The three masked people spoke for gun responsibility and gun safety. The other people spoke of their rights.

At 7 p.m., the board discussed the Second Amendment gun resolution. It was very redundant, except for the wording on one line which stated to “fully support” the Second Amendment. The board pointed out that they took an oath when elected to support the Constitution, so what does that “fully support” really mean? Does it mean without questioning or investigation? What’s the board’s agenda? There were three board members who wanted to basically leave out the wording “fully support.” The final vote was seven board members for the wording with “fully support” and two against it.

Can the board just pick and choose which gun laws it wishes to enforce, like the mask mandate? Is the board “fully supporting” the whole county or just a select few?

Karen Campbell