To the editor:

In the days after Pearl Harbor tens of thousands of young men volunteered for military service at the risk of privation, injury or death. In the 45 months of WWII, the US had 416,800 military deaths. During that time people rallied together to defeat common enemies.

Today, our country is facing an almost invisible enemy (coronavirus) that in the 7 months of this year has already killed 156,000 Americans.

In an effort to combat the spread of this plague, Gov. Evers has mandated wearing a mask in public settings. Instead of a WWII spirit of coming together to fight this disease it seems that there are people who feel too inconvenienced to follow this simple action. This disease is real. There are numerous examples of people who scoffed at it and are now dead or permanently changed due to it. I just read of a 60 year old man who thought it was a hoax but now is alive due to a double lung transplant. Protect yourself and others. Wear a mask.

— Art Baseler

916 Eureka St

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