Sioux Falls Mayor Throws Out Mask Mandate After Speech by a 9-Year-Old
Paul TenHaken was so struck by a sweet 9-year-old’s tale of being “bullied” at school for not wearing a mask that he forgot about protecting his city from the virus.
Were it not for a little girl in a light blue T-shirt reading from a single sheet of white paper, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken may not have betrayed more than half a million American dead and broken a private promise to support a continued mask mandate at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.
“We’re about seven months into this mask game and there’s probably not a lot anyone’s going to say that’s going to be something we haven’t heard before,” TenHaken said as he invited members of the public to address the council in advance of the vote.
A tiny figure stepped up to the wooden lectern.