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Wearing a mask shouldn’t be optional

To mask or not to mask? That shouldn’t even be a question.

I was raised by the golden rule — do unto others as you want them to do to you.

I wear a mask to protect others, and I expect them to do likewise. I’m so tired of hearing that the government doesn’t have the right to tell us what to do.

You have wear a seat belt when in a vehicle; when approaching a red light, you must stop; your children are required to have certain vaccinations to attend school; and you must pay taxes.

The government has enacted certain rules and laws to protect its citizens. Requesting those same people to wear masks to protect others is the same.

While going through the store for my bi-weekly grocery shopping, I became more and more discouraged.

There were signs of Thanksgiving everywhere — holiday plates, napkins, cards, decorations.

And I was reminded that this year, I won’t be celebrating with all my family. In deference to my spouse, my family and my friends, we are not gathering for a Thanksgiving dinner.

And Christmas with family is not looking very promising, either.

I struggle to understand what is so difficult about putting on a mask — especially if you know that by doing so, we can effectively reduce and eventually end this pandemic.

I’m disheartened by the number of people that so callously ignore what so many professionals keep telling us — to wear a mask.

Some of us are being proactive and cautious and prudent, trying to do our part to mitigate this virus. How many more lives are we willing to sacrifice because that small bit of cloth makes us a little uncomfortable?

This truly should be a no-brainer. We have the ability to save lives with something so simple and easy — sort of like wearing a seat belt.

Put your political choices and uncomfortableness aside and put on a mask.

You could save your spouse’s or neighbor’s or family member’s life.

Gail Nedimyer

Altoona

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