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The Curiosity of Masks

I recently saw a father, a mother and their three children walking through a store. All five were wearing masks. They weren’t even the medicalgra­de KN95 masks. They were those cheap little light blue ones that come in a box of 25 or 30 like tissue paper — those cheap, useless ones that have gaps everywhere. It was pathetic. I thought to myself, who are they trying to protect from whom? My next thought: Who do they think they’re fooling? My next thought: Those poor kids — I saw it as a form of torture. My final thought: If you’re all sick and contagious, then stay the hell home until you’re better.

I have recently taken to speaking to those wearing masks. I assume they are contagious­ly ill — and simply MUST go to the store — but wear the mask only so as not to infect others with their disease. I face them and tell them that I hope they get better soon.

Some of them thank me. Some of them just look at me in silence. But there was this one person who looked at me and — seeming to smile — replied, “Oh, thank you, but I’m not sick.”

With a slight look of sadness I replied, “Oh, but you are.”

Arthur Saginian Santa Clarita

Standards Are Low for GOP

A New York Republican won his congressio­nal seat in November in a district that Joe Biden had won by 10 points. The New York Times published research on the winner, George Santos, who had embellishe­d his education, work experience and “Jew-ish” background. He seems to have recovered financiall­y from being evicted and only having $5,000 just two years ago. Now his financial statement says he is worth over $10 million. He “loaned” his campaign $700,000. His finances will likely be examined like his other falsehoods.

He was also charged with financial fraud in his home country of Brazil. He escaped trial by coming to America. We may need to tighten our borders.

Now there are calls for his resignatio­n, or removal from office. No word so far from the GOP leadership in Congress, or the Republican National Committee.

Yes, voters are responsibl­e for their choices. But the standards are set pretty low these days. Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, and then was impeached twice. Mike Garcia won our 27th Congressio­nal District race in November. TV ads showed him poised in front of a jet fighter, and touted his patriotism. Then he voted with 147 other Republican­s to void the presidenti­al elections in two states, in a failed coup attempt.

I guess we California­ns are not without our own baggage.

Thomas Oatway Valencia

Go for it, Gary!

In re: Gary Horton, “America, a Nation of Shoulder Shruggers,” commentary, Jan. 25.

One of the great things about this incredible country that Mr. Horton obvious hates is that our founders in their infinite wisdom provided future generation­s the means through the provisions of Article V to amend the Constituti­on, which would include Mr. Horton’s current boogeyman, the Second Amendment.

Since Mr. Horton obviously has great concern over this, perhaps he should spend more of his time advocating for an amendment to our Constituti­on to remove the Second Amendment.

Rick Barker Valencia

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