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In spite of the mandate from the Sumner County mayor that we should wear a mask in public, some people are refusing to wear one.

During a recent trip to buy groceries, I observed a lot of people not wearing masks---or social distancing. Last week there was a protest in Gallatin against mask wearing, organized by J.T. Olsen, calling this pandemic fake.

What is wrong with these people? Don’t they know how serious this pandemic is? Don’t they believe that hundreds of people have died in Tennessee, and more are still dying? They say that this is a free country, and government does not have the right to tell them what to wear.

Well, folks, I’ve got news for you. You do not have the right to expose me to coronavirus. This pandemic is not a political issue.

It is a very real and serious health problem. In just the last seven days, there have been 315 new cases in Sumner County alone. It has been proven that wearing a mask will drastically lower that rate, and keep many people from getting infected, and dying.

So, people, separate yourselves from politics, and start acting responsibly. Wear a mask in public.

Margaret Stoutland,


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