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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 was sorry to read about your “nasty exchange” with a maskless old man in City Market.

    US Rep. alma adams
    U.S. Rep. Alma Adams wears a face mask. Wikimedia Commons

    Appointing yourself as an enforcer of local ordinance smacks of vigilantism and there is no place for it in a civilized society.

    I’m sure the management of City Market has a policy in place on how to deal with those who flout the mask requirement. Perhaps they, as well as their staff and customers, would prefer to handle these individuals in their own way rather than be subjected to a loud, profane public confrontation.

    Also, there are some people who have health conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask. Will you be able to tell who they are, as you could tell that the fellow in City Market was “waiting for a confrontation,” or will you demand that they produce a letter from their doctor?

    I would suggest that simply keeping your distance from the maskless folks, if they make you uncomfortable, is a better way to maintain social harmony than an expletive-laden showdown in the aisles of City Market.

    — J.W. Saltsider

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