Letter: Colin Doniger, Leesburg 

Editor:  For the past year and a half, many parents (like myself) have been yelling from the hilltops for our local leadership in Loudoun to respect our inherent and legal rights to make medical decisions for our children. So many of us have referenced VA code 1-240.1 “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

Our rights as parents to make decisions, for the care of our children, were not respected or taken seriously by our local leaders. We never asked the schools to take the rights of other parents to choose to mask their kids, but we weren’t given that same dignity.  

Gov. Youngkin issued an executive order to recognize our parental rights and enforce VA law (code 1-240.1). Loudoun supervisors, like Michael Turner, are desperately trying to find a way to continue the abuse that has gone on for far too long.  

Turner announced a plan to attempt a resolution against the lawful order from our governor. He justifies this by referencing a debunked Arizona study that falsely stated schools without mask mandates were 3.5% more likely to experience COVID outbreaks. For starters this study has been widely debunked by dozens of experts. It was conducted over a summer (this is a clue that something is off), included schools in virtual sessions, and had a 3-week verse 6-week evaluation difference biased towards mandates. In the words of Homer J. Simpson: “statistics can be made to prove anything, 19% of all people know that.”

The LCPS superintenden,t Scott Zeigler, states, “our layered mitigation protocols have served the division well in keeping transmission to a minimum.” What possible basis does he have to make that comparison? There is none. Kids have worn the cloth masks that the CDC has now admitted do nothing.  In the words of Leana Wen: “cloth masks are little more than facial decorations.” The “experts” now say that only masks that may do a little something are the N95/KN95 respirators, which studies show to cause hypoxia and hypercapnia. Many people don’t realize this, but OSHA requires that employees complete medical screening and obtain written doctor approval to wear these in workplaces (probably not something to casually put on children).

Supervisor Turner makes an off-the-wall connection to a Virginia law requiring that schools follow CDC guidance as his justification to defy Gov. Youngkin. Perhaps Mr. Turner didn’t read the section of the CDC guidance where it states “recommends.”  Nowhere does it say “requires.” A recommendation means there is a choice to follow it.

I, for one, will be exercising my right as a parent and sending my children on Jan 24, free to breath the air and show their smiles. “A child whose parent has elected that he or she is not subject to a mask mandate should not be required to wear a mask under any policy implemented by a teacher, school, school district, the Department of Education, or any other state authority.” 

Colin Doniger, Leesburg 

16 thoughts on “Letter: Colin Doniger, Leesburg 

  • 2022-01-18 at 8:52 am
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    I totally sympathize with the writer’s masking concerns. But Youngkin acted abruptly. A good leader doesn’t rile folks & back them into a corner where they get defensive. I want to see masks phased out. Unfortunately, the person at the helm is going about it the wrong way. 

    • 2022-02-01 at 4:16 pm
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      yet the person at the helm previously acted abruptly and people applauded his efforts and worshipped him!

  • 2022-01-18 at 9:13 am
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    Fight the good fight, Mr Doniger.
    The battle against the totalitarian Covidians is just beginning to turn in the our favor.
    Cloth masks have been a joke since day one.

  • 2022-01-18 at 9:46 am
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    LCPS is authorized and controlled by the VA D.O.E. NOT the local BOS. We all have opinions and the federal guaranteed right to express them. Causality counts so I would ask if and when any student contracts Covid what have been the factors causing it and that should be addressed. Why hasn’t anyone asked the CDC to tell us how to measure and test whether ANY Covid is in ANY school before we assume all our children are active carriers? 🙂

  • 2022-01-18 at 10:11 am
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    Why would you encourage your child to engage in behavior you know will get them in trouble…. unless you’re knowingly using your child to make a point and you don’t mind making them a pawn?

    Either way, I’m glad you’re not my parent

    • 2022-01-18 at 1:22 pm
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      Well said. My Family has been wearing masks since the start of the pandemic (cloth w/filter & KN95,N95 etc) and will continue to do so until advised otherwise by CDC and the scientific establishment.

      I don’t equate mask mandates as an attack on my liberty and in my two years of wearing KN95 & N95 I haven’t encountered “hypoxia and hypercapnia”. We follow mandates in our daily life we call them ‘rules’ so what is so bad about following a Mask rule ? I am sure you don’t equate 55MPH speed mandate as an infringement on your right to drive at whatever speed you want ?

      • 2022-01-19 at 12:45 pm
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        You seem to be confusing a mandate and a law. 55 MPH is a law, there are legally enforceable consequences for not obeying a speed limit. A mandate is a rule put forth by a governing or non-governing body that has not gone through the proper steps to be legally enforceable. VDH oversees the mask mandate in VA and they are not a law enforcement agency and have no ability to enforce the mask mandate. Mandates are an exercise in compliance, if people don’t comply there is nothing they can legally do to enforce it.

    • 2022-01-18 at 10:39 pm
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      Because Colin considers himself a free American and doesn’t think a child should “get in trouble” for standing up for themselves and exercising their rights to live how they want. This is what some people call “Good Trouble”- I know you’ve heard that term before right?
      Colin also understands that COVID isn’t any more of a threat to a child’s health than a common cold is, but wearing a mask and cutting off a percentage of air his child breaths is not healthy at all. Colin is a good parent, be like Colin.

  • 2022-01-18 at 2:40 pm
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    Having a sense of duty to others and personal responsibility were bedrock conservative principles when I was growing up. I remain gobsmacked that masks — literally the easiest thing people could do to protect others — are the hill some people (including, evidently, the new governor) want to die on these days.

    Jesse Ventura is right. If people like the letter writer were alive in the 1940s, we’d all be speaking German now.

    As it is, the new governor is making a rookie mistake. Between an executive order to ban something that isn’t happening, picking a fight with northern Virginians who overwhelmingly voted against him and still favor mask mandates during a pandemic surge because we’d like to keep schools opened, and running to FOX NEWS to talk about it, rather than speaking to Virginians, Youngkin has already blown through whatever political capital he had.

    Mask up, people. Hopefully this will only be a few more months. Ignore crybabies like the letter writer.

    • 2022-01-19 at 7:23 pm
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      Being gobsmacked and quoting Jesse Ventura don’t add much credibility to an argument.
      Masks are protecting nobody, they just make ignorant people feel like they are doing something. Has two years of mask wearing “stopped the spread”? Why is anybody still listening to the so-called experts that called for two weeks to stop the spread?
      Youngkin is displaying leadership , listening to Virginians that voted for him in part because of the authoritarian madness of the dem-led government,
      Feel free to mask up for as long as you like – a few more months or a few more years.
      Don’t ask others to buy in to your ignorant hysteria.

      • 2022-01-21 at 6:46 am
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        Why yes, masked were highly effective at controlling the spread, Paul. This was scientifically proven and indisputable. For you to suggest otherwise at best displays your moronic ignorance and at worse is an indication that you’re deliberately and criminally trying to spread disinformation. I honestly don’t know why you hate your neighbors?

        The highly contagious Omicron variant has obviously changed that, requiring the use of more effective KN95 masks. But, yes, those *do* work.

        Don’t accuse me of “hysteria.” The use of masks is a pragmatic and reasonable response to the pandemic. The “hysteria” comes from ridiculously stupid people like yourself screaming and yelling because you don’t like them or whining that you can’t breathe. You know who can’t breath, Paul? People on a ventilator who got there because you didn’t wear a mask.

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:24 pm
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    There is nothing I would like better than to see LCPS board members arrested and hauled out in public at a board meeting by state police with an assist by Loudoun’s finest LCPS members get over yourselves.

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:45 pm
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    Collin, we applaud you. We wonder why the masks are mandated or forced when they lack housekeeping of the school rooms and bathrooms. The door knobs, railings etc are a tremendous hub to harbor pathogens. People go to stores and can pick up a piece of fruit ladeled with pathogens… So why the masks? And don’t get us started on restaurants that hire unvetted or the food industry and yet they do not follow US labor laws or CDC or PH guidelines but yet American children are expected to be challenged every day of their lives. The fact that they keep touching their masks and or put their dirty masks back on after recess etc should be questioned… God Bless you. Thank you for being a parent that is involved and willing to speak out.

  • 2022-01-19 at 7:15 am
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    Well done Mr Doniger.

    The stench and rot within LCPS is nauseating yet we have some that suggest an abrupt change is dangerous. Thousand of Loudoun parents are praising the new gov for swift action to flush the rot and get back to teaching our kids while restoring authority to parents. Current elected Loudoun officials don’t think parents have a say…..well, we do have a say.

    It’s a new day in Loudoun!!

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:36 am
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    I don’t think I will ever understand how some folks can get so worked up over the common sense idea that wearing a mask reduces the spread of an airborne disease? Of course, it’s just pushing their political ideology on the rest of us. Would be great if there were a mask that reduced the threat those folks pose for the rest of us, wouldn’t it? Self-absorbed libertarians completely miss the point–wearing a mask inside public places is something you do both to protect yourself and to help insure the safety of others. Only because some can’t see that do mandates have to exist at all…

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