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Thank you for voting to require face masks

To the editor:The Sanibel City Council recently voted 3-1 to require face masks in public spaces on Sanibel. Vice Mayor Mick Denham and Councilmembers Holly Smith and Richard Johnson were courageous to vote in favor of the measure. At a time when COVID-19 is spiking in Florida and Sanibel has ...

To mask or not to mask, that is the question

To the editor:I go for a morning exercise walk and at least 97 percent of the people I see do not wear a mask. I wear a mask to protect you and wonder why you can't extend the same courtesy.Do people not wear a mask because they find it difficult to breathe? I have cancer and emphysema, but a ...

A community stronger than COVID

To the editor:On June 13, I had the honor to present former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, founder of the first bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the U.S. Congress at Citizens' Climate Lobby virtual conference. To a community stronger than COVID, not divided by ideologies, but united by our ...

Appreciate the Islander

To the editor:As a 20-plus year resident, full time on Sanibel, I have looked through many Islander papers.The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and all those who make them amazing are to be blessed. I know ...

Consider mandating the wearing of masks

To the editor:As year-round Sanibel residents and seniors, we have been pleased with the Sanibel City Council's attempts to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, the danger is growing rapidly and lurking at our shores.Health experts agree that one of the best ways to reduce ...

More than surprised by letter printed

To the editor:I was more than a little surprised that the Island Reporter chose to print a letter in the June 24, 2020, issue from a writer who stated that "anyone not wearing a mask outside their home doesn't care about other people's lives" and called them "killers." At least we know who he ...

It is time to listen to the scientists

To the editor:Gov. Ron DeSantis' failure to "re-open" the state of Florida in a safe manner is taking a severe toll on the health and economic well being of our citizens. Florida is now one of the "leaders" in the number of new COVID-19 cases, with 5,511 new cases reported on one day last week ...

Masks for a different use

To the editor:While we wrangle over wearing masks, Chinese citizens have been wearing them for years. Pre-COVID, masks provided protection from poor air quality. China manufactures many of our consumer goods, a significant source of pollution. Daily, citizens study apps measuring air quality. ...

Policy change not only in Florida

To the editor:Perhaps the most distressing statement in William Harvey's letter to the editor published in the June 17 issue of the Island Reporter, which comments on my June 10 guest column ("The governor, the federal courts and the right to vote"), is the startling claim that "A reasonable ...

Unknowing killers?

To the editor:Ordinarily, people would never think of hurting, no less potentially killing other people. Then why do they not wear masks? The COVID-19 virus - already having infected millions and killed over 100,000 in the United States alone - is an airborne infection, sometimes from up to 20 ...