January 22nd, 2021

Think about the safety of others and wear a mask

By Letter to the Editor on June 11, 2020.

Bill Murray, actor and comedian, will never be more articulate, insightful and correct than when he penned the following words: “I will wear a mask and stand in the boxes six feet apart not for me but for you. I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.

“No, I don’t ‘live in fear’ of the virus, I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem. I don’t feel like the ‘government is controlling me,’ I’m being a contributing adult to society and I want to teach others the same. The world doesn’t revolve around me.

“It’s not all about me and my comfort. If we all could live with other people’s consideration in mind, this whole world would be a much better place. Wearing a mask and standing in the boxes set six feet apart doesn’t make me weak, scared, or stupid, or even ‘controlled,’ it makes me considerate. Imagine just for a moment that someone near and dear to you getting sick and ask yourself if you could have sucked it up a little for them.”

It’s unfortunate that management at the Lethbridge Home Depot doesn’t comprehend the significance and accuracy of Bill Murray’s ideas by allowing more than 90 per cent of its employees to go maskless. The store’s rationale is that it can’t mandate its employees to wear masks. This means the store cares less about its customers than its employees. Shame.

John Carstairs


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well, if bill murray says it is so, then it must be so. funny guy, who has lived an overprivileged life for being a funny guy…but he is no mark twain, nor noam chomsky.
however, if masks work, then wearing one will save you; you and others do not need to force me – or force-shame me – into wearing one. in fact, in addition to stupid coffee pods piling up we now have stupid masks piling up. you think they work? try wearing one when mowing the lawn, just to see how much particulate makes its way in. more than you would expect.
one of my further concerns is the effect upon the health of one wearing a mask for so long at a time…can it be healthy breathing in mask fibres, or one’s own exhalations hours at time? but, hey, if one is a hopeless faddest – go for it. maybe add some piercings, tattoos, long, bushy beards, extensive debt, annual flu vaccine (again, if they work, getting one will protect you without me needing one also), join the ineffective protest flavour of the month, pay a premium for ragged jeans…indeed, express your individuality being like the glut of a bunch of others. honestly, i’d rather die than find myself bought into the mechanisations of mass control. and if it is not covid, it’ll be something else.
i, like the rest of us, bought into this life knowing it is a temporary condition; in fact, i wouldn’t have agreed to this madness were it anything less than temporary; we come and go like everything else, and we will grow and evolve best should we do it all with love, but wholly, without insecurity and fear.
meanwhile, hooray for lethbridge home depot. looking forward to a trip there asap, to pick up a couple things and to see a smiling face.


You’re so clever you don’t understand face masks are made to protect other people. Every opponent to face masks always use the same excuses for not wearing a mask, worldwide. I live in France and read the same bullcrap everyday. Every one refuses to be a sheep, but they’re all in the same herd… This is really sad because people like you don’t realize the virus won’t go away with such selfishness.


biff, great rebuttal.