Texas newspaper slams Abbott's 'mistake': Why end the mask rule and make things worse?
Greg Abbott is lifting the COVID-19 mask mandate, allowing businesses to open at 100%. - Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

Before issuing his order to end mask mandates, Gov. Greg Abbott must not have looked at the recent numbers of coronavirus deaths in Texas. Or worse, he did and decided that the 59 deaths reported Monday is good enough. Either way, the governor’s order Tuesday to end the statewide mask mandate and business capacity restrictions is a mistake. Even with recent improvement in COVID-19 case totals, hospitalizations and deaths, the pandemic is not over. Another spike is possible before enough people are vaccinated to finally squelch the disease’s spread, and Abbott’s order makes it more likely we’ll...