I am deeply troubled by the events of the last meeting of the Paris Board of Selectmen. Against all the science and evidence and the drop of COVID cases, the five selectmen have decided to eliminate masks in our town.

Disability Rights Maine, an advocacy group for the disabled, supports the governor’s mandate. I wear a mask to protect others from me; if other people I come in contact with don’t wear one, they could still infect me with the virus.

They have put the people who work in our town office and local businesses in jeopardy from people who think it’s their right to decide the health of others by not wearing masks.

Did our Board of Selectmen not pay attention to the county commissioners in Androscoggin? I do not believe those five should have the authority to go against the governor’s mandate without town residents’ approval.

My husband and I will be at the next Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 8 at 6:30 p.m., and I hope many others will be there as well. As selectmen, representing the interests of all the residents, they should uphold what is the right thing, no matter their own personal beliefs.

Susan Konopka, South Paris

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