Letter to the Editor

Run for office is the answer, not a recall

To the editor:

The Jan. 14 Sentinel had an article stating that a group of people in Wrangell want to recall Mayor Steve Prysunka because of the mask mandate. The mask mandate was approved by the borough assembly and the mayor, so Prysunka was not solely responsible for the decision.

Perhaps the non-mask group would like to recall the borough assembly and the mayor. In that case, I would expect to see members of the recall group run for assembly and mayor in the next election. If they dislike the politics of the present assembly and mayor, the way to change it is to run for office in the next election.

As for not wearing a mask, my non-existent medical degree does not compare to the education and knowledge of the U.S. Surgeon General and thousands who recommend wearing a mask to protect oneself and others from the COVID-19 virus. If my wearing a mask prevents one person from getting the virus, then the hassle is well worth it.

Lastly, members of the assembly and the mayor devote hours and hours of their own time on city business, without any pay except the gratitude of Wrangell's citizens. I greatly appreciate their service.

Ron Merritt


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