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With Lutz gone, be worried

While Mayor Nadine calls the firing of Dr. Lutz “the best news I’ve heard in a long time”, Spokane County and regional residents might now brace themselves for a continued uptick in Covid-19 cases. Dr. Lutz’s recommendations and guidelines to help better control the virus’s spread have been fully supported by virtually all of our area medical doctors and scientists as our county has consistently outperformed similar U.S. counties and the nation overall with lower case numbers.

It’s well known that Mayor Nadine, numerous business owners and others have continually tried to “push back” against Dr. Lutz’s recommendations in the interest of enhancing jobs and economic growth. Our country’s presidential leadership has been abysmal in helping control Covid-19’s spread, but thankfully Governor Inslee and Dr. Lutz have maintained a strong stance to help our region and state be safer.

Dr. Luz’s strong beliefs apparently ruffled some internal Spokane County Health Board feathers and egos enough to lead to his dismissal. Hiring good people and letting them do what they do best is the best path to achieving the most positive results. Differing views can be heard and discussed, but let the person getting the results continue until results start dwindling.

With Dr. Lutz now gone, I’m afraid results could change with higher Covid-19 case numbers forthcoming.

Jeff Clausen



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