Editor, the Leader-News:

Thank you for the picture in today’s paper (Wednesday, June 17) of a person wearing protection while maintaining the downtown planters, not because it promotes the important work that the BEEs do for El Campo, but because it promotes the common sense measures that we as the citizens of Wharton County must practice in order to be able to return to the life we enjoyed before this pandemic exploded.

Wearing a mask when we are shopping, or simply interacting with people in general, is a basic tool we have to help protect us from the COVID virus, and to tell the people we come into contact with that we respect their health as well.

I appreciate the fact that the Leader-News recognizes how important it is for us to stay the course.

Now is not the time for us to relax and assume the worst is over.

Wear the mask. It’s easy to do, and you’ll be glad you did.

Bill Smartt

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