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Letters, Nov. 18

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Attempted murder?

To the editor:

To all the people who say that wearing a mask is an infringement on their constitutional rights, what about all of us who are wearing them? What about our rights?

The way I see it, those who are refusing to wear them is the same as attempted murder. What right do they have to put us in jeopardy?

I want you all to think about this when you are laying in a hospital on a ventilator gasping for breath. How is your constitutional right help you breathe. May our Lord and Savior have mercy on us.

Linda Frady

Canton

Dentist is caring, professional

To the editor:

I would like to comment on the recent news article concerning Dr. Morrison.

He has been my dentist for a long while. He has always been most professional with a pleasant and caring manner. I never had the impression that "he only cared about making money."

I would recommend him to anyone who needs a reputable dentist and one who truly cares about one's well-being.

I well understand that al clients can not always be fully satisfied with their medical treatments and that certainly is their privilege to voice their opinion. We've all been there.

We all make mistakes as Dr. Morrison stated, but he also stated he always tried to do what is right. I detected a slight bias toward Dr. Morrison from this paper when you felt this news warranted a front-page position. A paper should never take sides in my opinion and in this case, I think you did. 

Fair is fair.

Lorrine Halbett

Provide face shields

To the editor,

I have read with interest the discussions of mask wearing that have taken place at the Waynesville town board meetings.

The latest article covered the disruptive discussion at the Waynesville Board following a motion to require members of the public to wear masks in the board chamber.

Regrettably, during the most recent national election, masks became politicized and thus the message of the important role that masks play in preventing the spread of Covid-19 was greatly diminished. It is apparent that any suggestion that people should/need/are required to wear masks causes divisions.

Further, some folks truly cannot wear masks for medical reasons, and many also claim this to be the case even if they have no medical conditions that would be hampered by the mask. But there might be a solution that would provide some protection for the board and public attending meetings while avoiding the requirement of masks themselves.

I read the other day that Costco requires either masks OR face shields that don’t block breathing. While face shields have not proven to be as effective as masks, they do add some protection both to wearer and those directly around them.

I would think this might be a good compromise for the Waynesville board which could provide both disposable masks as well as easily sanitized face shields for use for those who wish to attend a meeting in the chamber.

Yes the face shields would be more expensive per item, but if someone collected them afterwards and wiped them with good sanitizer, they could be reused. A pack of 10 is available on Amazon for $21.99. Thus, 200 face shields could be acquired for well under $500, which I assume would be less costly than the amount needed to pay sufficient extra local law enforcement officers to attend meetings to control any unruly crowds protesting the mask requirement.

I would suggest the requirement be applied to all in the chamber, including board members and officers. Protection is protection for all.

Compromise is at the core of bringing people together. My way or the highway simply continues stark divisions among people.

Cari Gradison

Maggie Valley

People should have the right to choose

To the editor,

I want to thank all the people who came out the week before the election to voice their resistance to the suggested mask mandate and changes to the emergency rules for Waynesville.

I was not able to attend, but fully agree that government should not be able to overreach their power. All of those people were exercising their right to freedom of expression in a lawful way unlike the “peaceful” protestors who have been burning and destroying city blocks.

President Trump and Vice President Pence are fighting right now for the same rights that those people were; the right to choose what is best for them and to speak their minds, as well as all rights listed in our Constitution. I am sure these rights are respected and safe under the Trump/Pence administration. Under the Biden/Harris administration, I’m not so sure.

Mary Harrah

Clyde

It’s the pandemic, stupid

To the editor:

To paraphrase James Carville’s mantra of the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign, it’s the pandemic, stupid. Probably the stupidest claim anyone made was that the pandemic would be gone on Nov. 4.

The pandemic is raging because there is no attempt by the Trump administration to do anything about it.

COVID-19 is currently infecting more than 180,000 a day, or almost 130 people every minute. At the rate COVID-19 is increasing, it will kill one American every minute of every day unless control measures are undertaken.

Given Trump’s non-response, that will not happen before Biden takes office.

In light of the facts, some still seem to think that this is no big deal because they personally have not been stricken by the disease.

The virus is now everywhere, and it is only a matter of time before you or someone you know will be positive.

Yes, only around 2% to 3% die, but more than 30% of positive cases report ongoing problems including “brain fog” and an array of physical and mental ailments from mild to debilitating.

That translates into millions of people with continuing medical issues that will tax the healthcare system in the future. Talk about pre-existing conditions.

The evidence is clear about masks. Wearing masks cuts the spread of the virus. When Arizona instituted a mask mandate the infection rate dropped dramatically.

Masks plus social distancing and related precautions can buy time to develop better treatments and vaccines. Masks save lives in the process.

It boggles the mind that suggesting a mask mandate causes people to rise in protesting their “right” to put others in danger.

You really don’t have the “right” to endanger my life. You don’t have the “right” to drive 100 miles an hour on the highway. Businesses do have the right to declare “No shirt, no shoes, no mask — no service.” Society does have the right to protect its citizens.

It is past time for people to get real. The pandemic is real and an existential threat to everyone. This is not political — it is a public health crisis that does not recognize political affiliation.

Norman Hoffmann

Waynesville

Disappointed in Waynesville

To the editor:

My wife and I took our yearly mountain trip a couple of weeks ago and were pretty disappointed in the lack of mask wearing in Waynesville, especially by the shop owners and employees.

And, not to be political, but lots of people in their Trump wear with no masks or social distancing.

It really discourages us to return to places that are struggling with compliance. We want to support small businesses, but not at a risk to our own health.

Greg Starnes

Concord

Conservative mask wearerTo the editor:

In response to the coverage about a possible mask mandate in Waynesville, I for one would be in favor of at least signs posted in town that our town wants masks to be worn.

I was disappointed so many opposed requiring masks. And this isn’t political. I’m a conservative and certainly support mask wearing.

I’m 73 years old and want people to be considerate of others just as I am by wearing a mask. It’s the smart thing to do.

Marti Bowman

Waynesville

 

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