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Don’t wear a mask? Infecting others is not a right | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
A student is pictured holding her mask as she walks to class on the first day of school of the 2020-2021 school year for Pinellas County students, at St. Petersburg High School on Aug. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
A student is pictured holding her mask as she walks to class on the first day of school of the 2020-2021 school year for Pinellas County students, at St. Petersburg High School on Aug. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Oct. 23, 2020

Pasco keeps mask order as infections increase | Oct. 21

The fastest way to normal

Now, we have a Pasco County commissioner saying, “Let people protect themselves if they want to” in regards to wearing a mask. In other words, let’s let people decide whether they want to infect others or not.

Infecting others is not a right. Masks, social distancing and washing our hands are the only weapons we have in this war right now. During World War II, people sacrificed. Items such as meat, sugar, gas, metals and rubber were rationed for the war effort. At no time did someone say, “Oh, why didn’t you say you were not participating in the war effort? Go ahead and fill it up.” Have some mental toughness and grow up. It is the fastest way back to normal.

Terrence Callahan, Crystal Beach

No more presidential debates this year? Not a problem | Column, Oct. 9

Give him a round of applause

President Donald Trump did such a fabulous job controlling the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. that he has to debate between two layers of plexiglass.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

Getting Even | Oct. 22

Rays love from the other Bay area

The Tampa Bay Rays showed Wednesday night in the World Series that they are in it to win it. Where I live — in the San Francisco Bay Area — only Los Angeles transplants are rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not I. Keep going, Rays!

Gary Wesley, Mountain View, California

Early voting

More early voting please

After standing in line for an hour today to cast my ballot in Palm Harbor, I did not vote for the present Supervisor of Elections. Many people waited much longer. Why do we not have more than one early voting site in North Pinellas County?

Nyla Hubbard, Tarpon Springs

Coveted property back on market | Oct. 21

Don’t pave paradise

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got 'til it’s gone?” Joni Mitchell knew what she was talking about back in 1970. I’ve seen articles about the Gladys Douglas property and I’ve seen articles about the Landings Golf Club, but I’ve never seen anything letting people know these properties are barely two miles apart in central Pinellas county. The cities of Clearwater and Dunedin and Pinellas County have the ability to invest in some of the few remaining undeveloped acres left in this area. The Landings could be converted to a park to save on water, fertilizer and mowing, and the Douglas property could be left as is. Let Pinellas breathe. Don’t, to paraphrase Joni, pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

John Day, Clearwater

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