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    Mask opponents miss the point

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    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.
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    I’m not all that smart, but I think I have a pretty good practical sense, and certain things just seem obvious to me.

    a woman wearing a mask
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    Several years ago, someone opened a discount jewelry store on the south end of town at a rather inconvenient location for retail. I thought, “That won’t work.” It folded. A dry laid masonry wall was built along Mill Creek downtown. I thought, “That won’t work.” It washed away and has been rebuilt and reinforced. Hong Kong was turned over to the Chinese government with the promise that Hong Kong would enjoy the same freedoms it had under British rule. I thought, “That won’t work.” Trust a communist government? Have you paid attention to the news lately? Many states have begun relaxing coronavirus restrictions. I thought, “That won’t work.” Guess what?
    While I was doing business in town a few days ago, there was some guy declaring rather loudly that he had looked into it and discovered that the Moab face mask mandate is not enforceable. Of course, he wasn’t wearing a face mask and apparently wasn’t going to. Whether it’s enforceable or not isn’t the point. Wearing face masks will save lives. Not wearing them is pouring fuel on the viral fire that is engulfing this country. He should go to Phoenix where COVID-19 is running rampant and hang out in bars where no one is wearing masks.

    — Bill Foreman

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