EDITORIAL – Why disposable masks should be taken off the shelves

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WALMART IS DOING IT. As of yesterday, so is WestJet. Effective in a couple of weeks, Starbucks will be doing it, too.

More and more, the wearing of masks is becoming a requirement for shopping, transportation and patronizing service providers — almost anywhere we have to be close to others.

In fact, the issue of whether masks should be mandatory is taking care of itself. Though there’s still no universal legislated requirement, they’re becoming a necessity for community life.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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