Letters to the Editor

Letter: Protesting without a mask

To the Editor:

On Aug. 12, Gov. Pritzker reiterated the importance (and mandate) of wearing masks, even outside. It makes sense. It's good for me, and it's good for you; we keep each other healthy. The cover story of Sep 16's 'Schools not Screens' showed many of the protestors without masks in its two photos.

Was this in defiance? Do they believe the pandemic a hoax? Or are they merely protesting a gubernatorial mandate that they believe infringes on their rights – even at the expense of others’ health?

Regardless, I find it difficult to seriously listen to their message of safely opening schools when they themselves show an unwillingness to practice appropriate safety.

I wonder what happens when they or their students take ill? Surely these same people will expect quality health care services!

A bed, a ventilator if needed, and top-notch medical care. Perhaps we can protest their use of hospitals as those of us who pay attention to guidelines, pay premiums, and follow the mask mandate go about our lives attempting to be safe for ourselves and our loved ones.

Perhaps we can start asking non-mask wearers to forfeit their bed and ventilator and agree to stay away from hospitals? Probably not, I suppose it’s too draconian. Well then, it’s probably a good reminder for the rest of us about ‘if you want something done right…’ wear your own mask because you can’t trust others.

Perhaps protesting with a mask would muffle their voice, but I would sure listen closer.

Aaron J. Celmer

Arlington Heights

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