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Mask mandate defiance discouraging


September 16, 2021

Letter to the Editor

I have noticed that a number of local shops have discontinued wearing masks and have removed the signs mandating the wearing of masks in public buildings, shops stores, etc.

This flagrant defiance of the current law is very discouraging, to say the least. Forgoing all references to science or politics; this is a mandate! Not a suggestion by the State of Washington, but a law.

At a minimum, can we all agree that the Miriam Webster dictionary is correct when they define mandate as:

Mandate – a verb: to officially require something

Mandatory – An order

To consider ourselves law abiding citizens we cannot just obey the laws we choose to. If that were the case, I choose not to pay the fine for breaking the speed law when I did 86 MPH in a 65 MPH speed zone.

Or, maybe I will just wear my mask, not speed and not shop or support businesses that don’t believe the law applies to them.

Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi



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