Letters to the Editor

Americans sacrifice to preserve freedom

Over 291,000 US soldiers were killed in four years of World War II. COVID-19 is on a pace to kill more U.S. residents than that in one year!

During WW II, we came together to support our soldiers and maintain our liberty and freedom. Civilians supported and participated in government rationing that meant severe restrictions on cars, tires, gasoline, coffee, sugar, metal furniture and appliances, bicycles, shoes, silk, nylon, fuel oil, meat, lard, shortening, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods, dried fruits, canned milk, firewood, coal, and tobacco.

Your parents and grandparents gave up a lot to insure they and their offspring would be around and have the freedom to live what we term a normal life. This was the patriotic thing to do.

Many of us don’t like restrictions on our daily lives. However, in comparison to what our forebears did it doesn’t seem too much of an imposition to give up participation in large gatherings, to stay several feet away from others, to wash our hands, and most important, to wear a mask at all times when we are with others than our family. All so we can return to a normal life.

We need to encourage all our service clubs, trade organizations, unions, religious groups, newspapers, media outlets, and other groups to get the word out; If you want your liberty and freedom, do the patriotic thing — Wear a mask!

Bob DeWitt

Coralville

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