To the Sioux Center News:

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Our stance has been the same since the beginning and hasn’t wavered over time: If you want to wear a mask or feel the need to, we strongly encourage and support your rights and beliefs to do just that.

That being said, blanket statements and acquisitions toward parents who have different beliefs, parents that are willing to stand up for what they believe in hardly seems like an embarrassment in today’s failing culture of pre-Madonnas and Wokeness. The irony to your statements is that masks are, in fact, tiring and a distraction to a large percentage of the population. A population that has just as much of a vested interest in education, a population whose tax dollars support and fund our community schools just as yours do.

As a parent of five young girls, I hold firm to my beliefs that we are called to teach, mentor and guide our children to stand up for what they believe in, both in and out of school. At times controversy in inevitable in our human beliefs, but for you to publicly shame and ostracize us on the belief that YOUR beliefs trump ours, is comical at best.

Kirbee, stay on your soapbox and pander to whom you need to . . . the rest of us will continue to live freely, as much as we can.

Joshua Tacke,

Sioux Center

  • Editor’s note: Kirbee Ny­­kamp’s letter appeared in the April 21 Sioux Center News.