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Letters, May 18

Vote ASAP!

I like to wait until the last minute.

For years now, I’ve deposited my ballot on election day at the Ashland library. New information inevitably comes in regarding candidates and measures right up until the final bell. I feel like I’m a more responsible and informed voter by procrastinating. I like to ponder.

Every election I feel pressured by the county clerk, my political party and others to vote early. I’ll be voting promptly on Tuesday at approximately 7:45 pm.

Pete Toogood


Masks should be required

I went out to run a few errands today and came home very discouraged: At a time when our country has more known COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world (nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html#states) and daily new cases are now more than 20,000, I saw very few people wearing face coverings in the four business establishments I visited.

One of the proven most effective ways of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing masks. When I go out, my face covering protects you from my germs; your face covering protects me from yours. This is counter-intuitive — I think most people who don’t wear masks figure they’re not at risk of getting sick and so don’t need them. Probably for this reason, seven states have made it mandatory that people wear masks in order to enter a business establishment, and I think our state should join them. With states opening up, the risk of infection increases still more.

I will call Gov. Brown’s office as soon as I send this letter. Join me?

Linda Jacobs


We need a national plan

Would anyone in their right mind want

50 doctors, not conferring with each other, in charge of their medical care?

How can 50 governors with 50 different plans ever be expected to control the coronavirus epidemic? What is needed is a committee of experts to develop a national plan to control the epidemic and with the authority to direct the plan until the epidemic is controlled.

Frank Hieber


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