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No masks, no business

Hardly a week goes by that there isn’t news of a dispute over whether masks should be required in retail establishments. Anti-maskers claim it’s an infringement on their “rights” to be required to wear a mask anywhere.

People can believe what they want to believe, but as someone who worked in health care for many years and learned the value of masking for preventing the transmission of communicable diseases, I will not go into any building where the business owner does not enforce masking. Given the number of health care workers in Gainesville, I would assume there are many people who share the same sentiment.

So, if a merchant wants to let their patrons go maskless, that’s fine with me. I’m not going to make an issue of it. I’ll just turn around, walk out and take my business elsewhere.

Kerry Faunce, Gainesville

Snake oil salesmanship

The Floridan Aquifer is an abundant source of fresh, crystal-clear water. I can turn on my water faucet and have plenty of water as supplied by Gainesville Regional Utilities. Or, if I’m in the country, it runs freely under my feet, in my front yard, right up into my pump house.

So why is it then that I am offered a large case of Zephyrhills bottled water at the fairground food giveaway site? I’m hungry, not thirsty. Why is Nestle corporation so generously donating water from a town just down the road?

Maybe there is a marketing ploy in play here. Maybe I will view this corporation as really caring about me because they gave me free water. Perhaps I will even start buying it at my local Walmart.

Let’s see, at $4.99 per 32 bottles once a week, I will spend about $260 per year on bottled water — selling me my own free Floridan Aquifer water for $260. I call that snake oil salesmanship.

Elizabeth Byrd, Gainesville

Trump incited insurrection

A Feb. 7 letter claims Donald Trump did not incite the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The truth is that Trump not only incited the Jan. 6  insurrection, Trump helped plan the insurrection of Jan. 6, along with the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and other treasonous groups. The fact that Trump left no written record of that planning does not mean he should not be held accountable.       

Make no mistake, the insurrection of Jan. 6 belongs to Trump. And Trump will continue to lead, and plan, his insurrection even though he is no longer the sitting president.

It is also true that antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists should be held accountable for their violence. But Trump is the most dangerous man in the country. He and his false patriots will not win their violent insurrection, but Trump should still be held accountable for it.

Steven Mossburg, Gainesville

Certain disconnect

There is in my mind a certain disconnect between what environmentalists of the common ilk seem to be always saying — that “we have 12 more years…

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