Keep your masks up, all the way up, please

I hate wearing a face mask. I hate how hot I feel walking around with one on. I hate having to replace them. I hate that they make it hard to talk to others or hear what they are saying.

There is someone thing that I have found that I hate more. What I have grown to hate more is the people who think that they do not have to wear a mask because somehow it is giving up one of their rights to do so. I hate going into a restaurant that does not enforce the mask mandate because the owner either does not agree with it or seems too afraid to offend anyone by insisting they wear one while in their restaurant. I hate going into a business and seeing someone wearing their face mask under their chin and not social distancing from others.

I am not one to confront others for not following the mandate but I have overheard others doing so only to have the offender take off their mask completely and cough directly into their face. I have hear the offender swear at others for point out that they are not wearing a mask or not wearing it properly and telling them that if they are so afraid of catching the virus then they should stay home.

In my opinion the offenders have it backward. If you do not want to follow the mandate that is out there for the protection of everyone then you should be the one staying home. You may think that this virus is a hoax or it will never happen to you but you do not have the right to make that decision for others.

Vaccinations continue but in the mean time the only defense we have against this virus is to wear a face mask (wear it properly that is) and social distance from each other.

Saying that your rights are being violated because you are forced to wear a mask is no more a violation of your rights than if you had your music blasting from your house or car and you are asked to turn it down.

So stop looking for excuses and start thinking of others. I am sure that those of us who hate wearing masks but do it for the good of others will all thank you for it.

Carol Olsen-Whitney


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