Letter: Love your country

Letter: Love your country


It's comforting to see so many people wearing masks in public places. Conversely, it's disheartening to see the many people not wearing them.

Early on, there was some confusion about the benefits of wearing masks, but there is no question now. A recent Foreign Policy magazine article compared the U.S. COVID-19 results with Japan’s: "As of May 14, Japan had 687 fatalities directly attributed to COVID-19 nationwide, equal to 5 per million people. That compares with a total of 85,268 deaths, or 258 per million, in the United States.”

The only difference between the two countries’ response to the virus is wearing of masks, not testing or social distancing. The Japanese people wear masks routinely, and now universally.

Some people feel that masks impinge on their freedom, and they don’t want to be told what to do, yet they are willing to stop at red lights and drive on the right side of the road. The purpose of all these rules is public safety.

I’m disappointed that the president won’t model the desired behavior and wear a mask, because people would follow his lead. While masks protect others, the evidence shows that if everyone wears masks, wearers are also protected — provided everyone is masked. I would assert that wearing a mask demonstrates patriotism, because loving your country means loving its citizens.

Louise Hales



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Joe Biden has been to our union halls, marched on our picket lines, and is a champion in every sense of the word. As a senator and later as vice president, Joe used his voice and his vote to advance the cause of working people. He fought for living wages, health care, retirement security and civil rights. He never lost his core of goodness.

OK, this has been explained to you, but judging by the lack of face mask wearers, you didn’t get it. So I will go through this again, just for you (please read this slowly.) John was exposed to COVID-19 while in line at the convenience store. He wasn’t wearing a mask. Some guy ahead of him had COVID-19 and wasn’t symptomatic. John was at a bar a few days later not wearing a mask and exposed everyone at his high-top table. So now Mary, Steve, Jack, Susie, Tom, Sally, and Judy are infected with COVID-19, but none of them know it. Mary loves her grandma and went to see her Sunday. Because of the visit, Mary’s sweet grandma will be dead from COVID-19 in two weeks. Tom has diabetes, but doesn’t know it yet. COVID-19 knows, and will kill Tom in three weeks. Sally goes to work maskless and infects all of her coworkers and two of them go on ventilators. Steve infects two of his girlfriends, who go on to infect six other people, one of whom infects his dad, who dies a week later. Are you getting this? Can you now see the importance of wearing a mask? It’s not a political statement or “freedom” to go out without a mask, it’s murder. You kill your mom, dad, uncles, aunts, grandparents, your cousin with asthma, everyone. You did it with your irresponsibility and stupidity. Pray that those things don’t kill you.

Congratulations, Roby Smith, on getting mail-in ballots more under control by the Iowa Republican Party. I suppose this is in line with President Trump’s campaign to help control the voting process to make sure our representation keeps fulfilling minority interests.

Headline in today's QC Times: "COVID-19 continues to surge; health officials say some young people are lax about precautions." How about the people who recommend no precautions? Like our governor who says of our schools: Masks are not recommended. Is if fair to call young people lax when they don't have the means to protect themselves? They have two means available: Stay home and wash their hands. Those are extremely effective. But so are masks, especially in stopping the spread of the disease. Don't blame the young people when the leaders mislead them.

Last weekend, my fiance and I attended an adult fastpitch softball tournament in Walcott, Iowa. Trying to social-distance ourselves from the unmasked home-team crowd, we moved our bleacher seats to the visitors' side. The "visitors" were a team from Chicago, consisting of Hispanics and Black players. Since it was too hot to sit in the dugout, they and their fans were camped in the grass near the seating area we chose. They quickly befriended us. For the next six hours they kept up a lively round of chatter, enjoying our occasional comments. Several times I nearly fell off the bleachers laughing at their good-natured humor.

Until Donald Trump came along Herbert Hoover was the poster child for presidents failing to meet unprecedented success challenges. The similarities in both men’s backgrounds and philosophies on governing are interesting. Both men came from business backgrounds, Hoover minus the multiple bankruptcies.

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