RE: “Masks,” op-ed by Chris Nelson, July 16.
While reading the July 16 issue of the Airdrie City View, I was dismayed by Chris Nelson’s op-ed "Masks." It is plain fearmongering.
Many of Nelson's examples are easy to rebut. For instance, general mask-wearing in Asian countries occurs because it is what each person decides to do individually. Governments implementing mask laws are doing so in response to the present COVID-19 pandemic being so severe.
It is similar to a fire – if people were commanded to leave a burning house, they wouldn't be expected to never return home once the threat had passed.
Governments understand that getting citizens to do anything is going to be a struggle, and any measures taken had better have serious and commensurate benefits. Implying governments are just trying to think of new things to infringe upon people's freedom is ridiculous.
Any expert would say the same levels of protection necessary during the pandemic will no longer be required once the threat of COVID-19 has diminished.
I am disappointed this publication would provide a platform for something so blatantly aimed at manipulating those who reasonably fear government overreach and are uncritical of what they read.