To the editor:

I am so disappointed with our city leaders for taking the mask off Big Ole. What a lame excuse. Just because the stores are slowly opening. Our city is sending the wrong message.

The need for us to wear masks is greater than ever before. I was immensely proud of our city when they put it up. And of Julie Critz and Dr. Deb for their comments at the ceremony.

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People may cry personal freedom. But by refusing to wear a mask you are putting all of us at risk. You do not have a right to do that. You are selfish. One-third of carriers are asymptomatic.

I am thinking a lot about our families during WW II. With the rationing and all they accepted during that crisis. What an example for all of us. Wearing a mask is a small sacrifice.

We have a large elderly population in Alexandria. A lot of us are immunocompromised. I was in the ICU three times last year. Do not put me back in for this virus.

Bradley Holmen

Alexandria, MN