EDITORIAL: Governor should let Malheur County superintendents hold the reins

School superintendents around Malheur County are trusted with enormous responsibilities. They are trusted by their communities, and Gov. Kate Brown should trust them as well. She should reverse course and drop her directive from Salem regarding face masks.

Covid has made people cranky. And the surge going on now is testing civility and patience around Malheur County and across the state. The science is clear – the Delta variant of the coronavirus is stalking victims at a fast clip. The risk ahead is considerable – to personal health and to community wellbeing.

But the governor and her team have needlessly complicated the fight. She is ordering everyone in schools to wear masks – teachers, administrators and students. This is no suggestion. She made clear this wasn’t debatable – obey or be punished.

The directive surprised those in the education community. It angered some, and . . .