To the editor:

People should not be misrepresenting public health officials.

Reading your article entitled “COVID-19 update: Cody Schools report just 1 student with positive case,” I was awestruck by some of the digital edition comments claiming the head of Park County Public Health Department, Dr. Aaron Billin, said masks were ineffective. This person claims their name is Jim Jones and they were personally told not to wear a mask by Billin. The same person has made this claim multiple times in this paper’s digital edition as well as saying masks cause certain breathing problems, which they have been absolutely proven to not do.

There was a public forum three weeks earlier and reported by this paper directly quoting Billin touting the efficacy of mask wearing. Billin said in that article that they were in fact effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Personally, I’m going to listen to doctors. 

I think it is irresponsible to allow people to write in claiming that a public health official said the exact opposite of what they said.

Nationally, this is made even worse when respected physicians like Dr. Anthony Fauci say one thing in a press conference and then Trump says the exact opposite minutes or hours later; then for some unknown motive a whole denomination of people spend their days pounding their keyboards defending his statements, finding evidence from extremist websites and then going on the internet, including the Enterprise, to defend Trump’s ridiculous behavior.

Before Trump I didn’t realize Americans were like this. Why would people deliberately spread harmful misinformation to your neighbors to save face for some sociopath?

This whole Trump/conservative thing is looking like a cult. I’m afraid for America after these last three years.

(s) Justin Smith


(11) comments

P Demoney

Jim Jones- I'm not wasting my time. You CAN educate yourself by taking 30 seconds and looking up how this info is being misrepresented. You appear to have a lot of time on your hands. Done with you.

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Oh come on Jim. Take this L and move on. You know good and well that on every single coronavirus article that was posted on this site your favorite thing to say was that Dr. Billin told you that you were a special snowflake that didn't have to wear a mask, and then when he decided to finally shut you down you've changed your tune. Isn't there a conspiracy theory forum that you could go on with other Jim Joneses and drink your koolaid elsewhere?

Mike J

America, like too many other countries, put the "experts" in charge and they failed. Miserably.

No one is a helpless victim unless they choose to be. Do your own research and you can maintain your own health.

When you delegate the contents of your brain to people and beliefs that don't deserve that trust, this is what you get -- a total and complete virus fail:


Justin Smith your "opinion" post is spoken like a true liberal. I don't even know where to start. Lets start with your virus opinion. Several things come to mind. First off the virus severity is heavily pushed to blame president Trump. The CDC stated a few weeks ago "For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned." In other words, 6% of people who died when they had COVID-19 didn't have underlying conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, and didn't experience any medical complications, such as kidney failure or sepsis. Covid-19 is a manufactured crisis. A few things no one has ever come out and showed proof of are: How many "confirmed" cases were from people that were serious mask wearers and how many never wore masks? I would would wager a lot that if people with underlying conditions were the most vulnerable to it they were wearing masks. Secondly, how many of the 7 million cases were "false positives'? 1 in a 1000? 1 in 2000? If it is 1 out of every 2000 that is still 350,000. I personally know of 2 false positives so I know there must be a lot more. I personally don't know a single person that has had covid-19. If you want believe everything you hear on CNN and the other main stream media outlets without doing your own research that is fine with me. If you feel the country will be better off with Joe Biden than it has been for the last 3+ year with President Trump then vote for Biden. I prefer closed borders over having my tax dollars pay for heath care for every illegal that walks across the border. I prefer getting back to having the lowest unemployment rate in history over raising taxes on corporations again that will send jobs overseas. I would like to know if the liberals will stack the Supreme Court if elected. Biden won't even answer the question. The liberals want Trump to condemn white supremacy for the 100th time but they won't condemn antifa or BLM for the riots. Type antifa. com into your browser. It takes you directly to the Biden/Harris site for donations to their fight against Trump. What scares me most is that the DNC couldn't come up with anyone better than a guy who said "150,000,000 people have died from gun violence in this country since 2007" Or that "120,000,000 people have died from covid-19" or that said "there had been 6,114 "military Covid deaths" and 118,984 "military Covid infections" The real numbers are 40,000 cases and 7 deaths in the military. Or that said " if you vote for Trump, you ain't black" when Trump has done more for the black communities in 4 years than Biden has done for them in 47 years. Please name 1 accomplishment Biden has had in 47 years of service that has made America better.

P Demoney

Sully53, please take the time to look up the truth of the 6% issue that you are using. Short story, you are wrong about that piece.

Jim Jones

Hey P! Here's what the CDC (Center for Disease Control) that Dr Fauci and every Democrat loves to quote says. "Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. " That's a QUOTE from Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) dated October 14, 2020. Here's the link:

What's your source, P? Joe Biden? The report has charts and lots of numbers and words, so good luck.


I was in the hospital last week, they gave me a Chinese Wuhan coronavirus test, it was negative, but paperwork said presumed positive ! Explain that to me, how can I be negative, yet presumed positive ? I had all blood, and chemicals tested ! It tells me the test is inaccurate way to often, no it is not Trumps fault, the labs went at break neck speed to keep this country as safe as possible ! Pharma is working 24/7 for a cure or interdiction shot, like the flu shot we get every year !

I have had pneumonia twice, so I am in that risk factor ! Thanks to all those healthcare workers, and everybody else who keeps on working !

Thanks China !

Jim Jones

There you go again. Just like me you're quoting the extremist website of the Center for Disease Control.

P Demoney

No, he is misquoting the CDC.

Jim Jones

If he's misquoting the CDC, WHERE IS THE MISQUOTE? I gave you a direct link to the entire report. Explain to Sully 53 and me where both of us are misquoting. I bet you can't . Maybe it's because you don't understand the report or the charts or you've embarrassed yourself. You've got the ENTIRE report so you have all the context. I'll wait....

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