To the Editor:

“No shirt, No shoes, No service. By order of the So. Dak. Dept. of Health,” was a commonplace sign during my childhood. My parents explained that all people have responsibilities to protect themselves and others, and not being properly attired could be unhealthy.

For example, if a person had an infected foot wound which was oozing while browsing barefoot in a store, and my feet were not covered and I unknowingly stepped in some residual ooze while I was in the same store, I might get that infection. At the tender age of 5 in 1969, I completely understood.

Thus I ask: Why do anti-maskers feel their rights are more important than the rights of others?

Nancy Torgersen

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