Dear Anti-Maskers: You have every right to not wear a mask where masks are not required. However, you do not have the right to refuse to wear a mask in my place of business, where masks are required (and probably will be even after the “mandate” is lifted).

Multiple signs on our door indicate that masks are required to enter. A table inside the door offers masks to those who have none.

If you want me to respect your right to not wear a mask elsewhere, then you need to respect my business’ policy that requires masks.

We’re happy to help you curbside, but please don’t come into my place of business without a mask and then pick a fight with me and my colleagues about the issue. That just makes you look like an immature jerk.

Patricia Blume


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(15) comments

Conrad Meyer

Patricia please state the name of your business so I can boycott it. I sincerely doubt you sell anything that I "have to have". Do you also deny those with concealed carry permits from carrying a weapon?

Maybe a reader will post it for the good of the community.

Justin Bradford

Oh just stay home and make love to your guns there Cletus.

Conrad Meyer

Justin, that is the type of classless response we have all come to expect from you. All you have is name calling.

Mark Hayes

Conrad, for entertainment only, watch the video of the Pinehurst Town council being addressed by Justin, the whining and wailing, only outdone by left hand pocket pool performance, and he suggested you make " love " to a gun .[lol]

Conrad Meyer

Mark, Justin's address was quite the "snoozer". Anyone else could have got the point across in 1 minute instead of 5.

Dusty Rhoades

They're all for private property rights until they're mildly inconvenienced.

David StClair

No shirt, no shoes, no service. How often have we seen these signs at businesses? Who has ever complained about that? Or taken their shoes and shirts off and demanded service? As Mr. Gump said, stupid is as stupid does.

Stephen Woodward

Masks, symbols of hysteria and totally useless outside of controlled medical settings, “probably will be required” absent future mandates? Are you serious? If I’m your landlord, I’m doubling your rent in a hurry to soften my financial hit when you are closed for good.

Justin Bradford

“Useless outside of controlled medical settings”? So, people who handle chemicals? Asbestos remediation? Woodworking applications? Listen, if you’re going to try to be Goebbels Jr. at least try harder. The manure you are spreading is devoid of any value, Steve. Why don’t you just stick to coming up with new racist yard signs.

Melissa Swarbrick

What is the name of your business?

Kent Misegades

Please state the name of your business so that those choosing not to be illegally muzzled ican avoid it, forever.

Ed Pieczynski

I was wondering the same thing. Not sure why any business owner would write such a nasty LTE.

Barbara Misiaszek

I'm sure you will be missed Kent.

John Misiaszek

Gerald Sheperis

I totally agree. I wouldn’t ever think of entering your place of “business” - is that what you call it? You sound like a sheep bah bahing away.

Dusty Rhoades

Yes, please do so I can drop by. Respectfully masked, of course, because I'm not a spoiled brat.

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