I am appalled at how many of our local businesses are treating basic public health and safety as a joking matter lately. This is about keeping us all safe, not short-sighted partisan politics.

I patronize local businesses whenever I can. But those whose employees pointedly avoid wearing masks, proudly trumpet their opposition to health and safety (makes you wonder about the state of the restaurants’ kitchens, doesn’t it?) and do it all in the name of economic growth? A lot of pocketbooks are hurting around here. But we got lucky this spring in Crawford County. Talk to your friends and family, even those a few hundred miles away, if you want to understand just how lucky. So shame on those businesses recklessly and provocatively endangering us all right now. You will only cause tremendous illness and death, and in doing so, truly destroy the local economy.

SHANNA HODGSON

Meadville 

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