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From our readers

Issue Date: December 2, 2020

Editor:

Mask: What You Can Do for Your Country.

I would be more "Loyal to Local" if "Local" was more loyal to me. Your Wisconsin town or city is probably like mine. Too many businesses thumb their nose at one simple effort to curtail the spread of the fastest spreading, too-often lethal virus that is out of control in our community and country.

It's a general tenet of law that when the expression of personal freedoms interferes with the rights of others, personal freedoms become less important. Engaging in business necessarily involves others, such as the buying or selling of goods or services. Because of this reliance on other people, products and services, our Constitution allows the government to impose regulations on business.

Coronavirus illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths are at an all-time high. The country is averaging more than 1,200 deaths a day - the equivalent of another 9/11 tragedy every three days. Yet that statistic isn't enough to get people to wear a mask.

As startling as the 1,200 (US) coronavirus related deaths a day statistic is, you can mask as you please in many public places in Wisconsin because the mask mandate isn't enforced. Far too many managers don't care if their business becomes the petri dish that kills grandma or the local cop.

Many businesses take pride in not masking. But when management fails to consider the people they serve, the invisible intersection of lives and the air we share, management is complicit in the ills and deaths that befall their patrons and community.

Earlier this year, Florence County Sheriff Dan Miller publicly announced that he didn't care if anyone - which includes local businesses that invite the elderly in to eat, drink, play slot machines - followed the state mask mandate. His apathy set the standard for local businesses that the simple act of hygiene can be ignored in his jurisdiction. Apparently many Wisconsin sheriffs take a similar stance.

Local businesses who've been informed, warned, yet ignore responsibilities should begin receiving daily fines for intentional public health risks which they exacerbate by not enforcing proper mask wearing. These businesses remember what the "shut down" of the spring felt like, so it seems they would wholeheartedly embrace the much less restrictive alternative of mask wearing. Ignoring the opportunity to protect the public, they've instead pushed us toward another shutdown.

Until the coronavirus is under control, and nurses, hospital and nursing home staff, child care workers, teachers, police and doctors are not put in the position of choosing to go to work, risking serious illness or death to themself or family members, or staying home and losing their jobs, business owners and community leaders have a responsibility to set a standard that encourages safe practices.

Setting this standard - wearing a mask or shield during a pandemic, requiring employees to mask, using your leadership position to influence others - is a matter of common sense. I call protecting my fellow citizen patriotism.

Lisa Brouillette

Attorney, Michigan and Wisconsin

Florence, WI



Editor:

Was this country the land of the free from its start?

I think the answer depends on if you were white and under what circumstances. In practice the nation was deeply flawed, life, liberty and happiness were stated ideals not specifically stated in the Constitution allowing for slavery, robbery for Native land and the taking of native children from their parents to forced European culture and language on them, allowing white men to have more rights than women, and gross discrimination as well as little protection for Chinese and Japanese labor. This where we started from as a nation.

We have made much progress in the last 200+ years. White women are close to equality to men in most areas. Our black population left most legal forms of discrimination behind but the extend of other forms of discrimination and white predisposition remain. This predisposition also can exist toward others of Hispanic heritage, and sexual orientation differing from the mainstream. We have historically in my opinion minimized the pain, death, and immorality of our past. By doing that we as a nation have caused a great deal of harm to a lot of human beings and perpetuated the racial, and ethnic divisions we have today.

I am thankful for the gains and pray they continue going forward " learn and face our past, look to the future.

Gilbert Engel.

Niagara



"Whisper Sweet Butterfly"

Whisper sweet butterfly on this autumn day,

Tell me you'll come again as you fly away,

Whisper sweet butterfly that I might see you again,

When spring returns with the south wind.

Whisper sweet butterfly that I'll see one more year,

And smell the fragrance of lilacs and feel angel's tears,

Whisper sweet butterfly and give me a sign,

That I'll gaze at your beauty one more time.

Whisper sweet butterfly that I might see you again,

When spring returns with the south wind,

Whisper sweet butterfly on this autumn day,

Tell me there's hope as you fly away.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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