Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

They think they’re clever

On Christmas eve early afternoon I went to our neighborhood grocery store to pick up items for the long weekend. During the 45 minutes that I was in the store I counted 5 people that weren’t wearing face masks. I was amazed as everyone coming into the store is asked to put on a mask and if you don’t have one the store supplies one.

One of the people not wearing a mask was a woman, about 25. I asked her why she wasn’t wearing a mask, she smiled and walked away.

A few days later I was in the store again and talked with the manager and asked him how this happens. He explained people tell his employee checking for masks that they have a health condition that doesn’t allow them to wear a mask. So let’s assume that is true of the people I saw but if it isn’t that is a clever way to get around wearing a face mask. He told me they get 2-3 people a day that claim they can’t wear a mask for health reasons.

Of course in this case being clever possibly exposes the employees and other customers in that store to a virus that kills people. I will admit it was nice to see an actual person smile instead of a face covering even if it may have been for the wrong reason.

Larry Reisnouer



Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430