Hello Maricopa,

I hope this note finds you and your family well. These are some challenging times that we find ourselves in today. However, through your patience, understanding and commitment to community, we individually and collectively are able to support one another. Even though you may be confused and frustrated by decisions made on your behalf, believe me it is particularly difficult when we cannot agree with the outcomes.

One such decision we have all been grappling with lately is whether to wear a mask in public or not. More specifically, should your elected city officials mandate wearing masks for all citizens unable to maintain six feet social distancing outside of the home.

To be clear, I fall on the side of mandatory use of face coverings whenever you are less than six feet from anyone. It is also not a good idea to be in an occupied space with more than 10 people, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We are facing significant issues as we deal with this Pandemic coupled with social unrest in our country. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any relief in sight for either. The way we are treating each other during this crisis is reminiscent of the civil rights movement with the added twist of a silent killer. Additionally, it seems we have abandoned manners, mutual respect and sense of fair play. I for one am really tired of all the rhetoric. Because we have been asked to confine ourselves to our homes with our families, nerves are unraveling and stress levels are high. Added to that, we are without the kind of leadership that promotes compassion and love for one another; it is more likely that things will get worse before they get better.

All that being said, Maricopa, for my part, l will try my best not to succumb to the negative energy that may creep into our community and will look to my faith as a source of strength and deliverance. I will endeavor to stay informed on those issues that serve to build Maricopa up both literally and figuratively and will try hard not to engage in negative pursuits or dialogue. For those expecting me to comment on every issue, I hope this serves as an explanation to you as to why I may or may not engage. However, if you feel that you really need to hear from me, please feel free to contact me directly at 520-213-7497 or drop me a line at Henry.wade@maricopa-az.gov. I would be most eager to talk to you directly.

Thank you very much for sharing some of your precious time with me today.

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