Letters to the editor
Not wearing mask sign of domestic terrorism
To the editor:
Imagine that you are shopping and you notice a person entering the store wearing a suicide vest.
After the initial shock, you realize that this is a person, based on their beliefs, who is willing to commit suicide and to simultaneously kill a number of other people whose only fault is to be in the same store at the wrong time.
This is domestic terrorism, and even the fiercest defenders of our constitutional rights would say this is wrong, criminal and an unacceptable threat to others.
But when it comes to face masks, it is somehow different. We currently have no functional way to know if any particular person is carrying the COVID-19 virus. Effectively, we are all potential carriers.
Imagine that you are shopping and you notice a person entering the store without wearing a mask.
This is a person, based on their beliefs, who is willing to commit suicide and to simultaneously kill a number of other people whose only fault is to be in the same store at the wrong time.
This is still domestic terrorism, and yet some claim it violates some constitutional right, regardless of the fact that it threatens the lives of others.
Wearing a mask in the presence of others offers protection to the wearer. But more importantly, it offers essential protection to others who are near. So wearing a mask when near others is clearly a responsibility for each of us, if for no other reason than to protect their right to life as stated in the Declaration of Independence.
Unless, of course, our constitutional right to deny reality makes it OK to kill others with our self-centered, self-important stupidity. Domestic terrorism.
Will Newman II
Governor's lack of action in Portland appalling
To the editor
At Gov. Kate Brown's news conference last week, she said the federal cops are secret police abducting people.
She said we cannot have secret police abducting people and putting them into unmarked vehicles. I know there are other federal agents who do not have uniforms and have unmarked vehicles. The FBI.
Is our governor calling FBI agents who wear nice business attire and drive unmarked vehicles working for a dictator?
Maybe our governor and the mayor of Portland should try working with the federal government because after almost two months they have failed the people and businesses of Portland.
I am an Oregonian who is for free speech. However, I am outraged and appalled at the lack of action by Brown to stop this violence. In addition, I am outraged by the majority of protesters allowing this violence.
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